The Athlete’s Hip: Screening & Evaluation of Posterolateral Hip Pain

presented by John Snyder

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The evaluation and rehabilitation of hip injuries in the athlete is a complicated and often misunderstood area of sports medicine. This course will take you through an evidence-based evaluation of posterolateral injuries as well as screening for serious pathology in this patient population. By understanding the current literature and available evaluation techniques, you will be better able to simplify your evaluation and clinical reasoning when an athlete presents with lateral hip or buttock pain.

The recommended order to take the courses in The Athlete’s Hip series is as follows:

  • The Athlete’s Hip: Screening & Evaluation of Posterolateral Hip Pain
  • The Athlete’s Hip: Evaluation of Groin Pain
  • The Athlete’s Hip: Treatment of Hip Pathology
  • The Athlete’s Hip: Return to Sport

  • Meet Your Instructor

    • John Snyder, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

      John Snyder, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, has worked in various outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine environments, but specializes in the treatment of athletes with hip pain and more specifically ice hockey athletes. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree from Youngstown State University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Pittsburgh. After practicing for several years, he became board certified as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. He currently manages a private practice in Columbus, Ohio that caters to an athletic patient population. When not treating patients, he lectures nationally and internationally on topics focused on the management of The Athlete’s Hip and The Ice Hockey Athlete and manages his website ( that provides educational material for physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other allied health professions.

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    Chapters & Learning Objectives

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    1. Screening

      1. Screening

      To further understand the athlete presenting with lateral or posterior hip pain, we need to understand what characteristics are common in those presenting with serious or nonmusculoskeletal pathology in order to appropriately refer to the appropriate health care provider or for further imaging. This chapter will explain in detail the typical patient presentation as well as evaluation techniques that can be used to rule these pathologies out.

    2. Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome

      2. Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome

      Greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS) is one of the most misunderstood pathologies seen in the athletic population. This chapter will take you through the associated patient characteristics, evaluation findings, and radiological criteria needed for an accurate diagnosis. At the end of this chapter, you will understand what the subjective history and special testing can tell us and what it cannot.

    3. Posterior Hip Pain

      3. Posterior Hip Pain

      When looking at the athlete with posterior hip pathology, we need to understand that there are multiple structures that may be contributing. This may include deep gluteal pain syndrome, sacroliliac joint pathology, or pudental nerve entrapement. This course will systematically go through the evaluation of these pathologies, which includes identifying the specific structure(s) involved in DGPS (proximal hamstring pathology, piriformis syndrome, ischiofemoral impingement syndrome).