Hip pathology is an often under-appreciated and misunderstood problem for clinicians and athletes alike. As intra-articular and extra-articular hip pain has become more prominent, surgical procedures have increased exponentially, but examination and conservative management have unfortunately lagged behind.

This two-day course will delve into evidence-based evaluation, conservative management, and return to sport of athletes presenting with hip pain. Through lecture and lab sessions, you will learn how to evaluate and treat athletes presenting with intra-articular (femoroacetabular impingement syndrome, acetabular labral pathology, and ligamentum teres pathology) and extra-articular pathology (sacroiliac joint, extra-articular impingement, athletic pubalgia, piriformis syndrome, proximal hamstring pathology, and greater trochanteric pain syndrome).

By simplifying the evaluation and management of these conditions, at the conclusion of this course, clinicians will be more confident in determining underlying pathology, appropriate management, need for surgical consult, and safe return to sport.


John Snyder, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the complexity of pain and its impact on hip pathology
  • Understand the impact of femoroacetabular biomechanics on hip and concomitant LE pathology and injury risk
  • Be able to accurately assess for red flags (avascular necrosis, femoral stress fracture, and inguinal hernia) and referral from proximal regions
  • Be able to accurately and efficiently evaluate extra-articular and intra-articular hip pathology
  • Be able to screen for and determine the need for surgical intervention
  • Understand pathology dependent and region dependent manual therapy and exercise progression for hip pathology
  • Progression of LE exercise and end-stage rehabilitation principles
  • Be able to determine psychosocial, functional testing, and pathology specific factors to determine safe and efficient return to sport


Day 1
09:00 – 09:45 Introduction & Pain Science
09:45 – 11:00 Screening of Pelvic/Hip Region (Lab/Lecture)
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:15 Examination of Groin Pain (Lecture)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Examination of Groin Pain (Lab)
14:30 – 15:15 Examination of Lateral & Posterior Hip Pain (Lecture)
15:15 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 16:00 Examination of Lateral & Posterior Hip Pain (Lab)
16:00 – 17:00 Where does surgery fit in?
Day 2
09:00 – 10:00 Epidemiology of Conservative and Surgical Interventions
10:00 – 10:45 Treatment of Intra-articular hip pathology (Lecture)
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Treatment of Extra-articular hip pathology (Lecture)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 Manual Therapy Considerations (Lecture/Lab)
14:00 – 15:00 Exercise Prescription (Lecture/Lab)
15:00 – 16:00 Return to Sport Determination (Lecture/Lab)

Approved for 12.25 Contact Hours / 1.2 CEUs by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association: #18S0223

Scheduled Dates


October 19-20, 2019
The Athlete’s Hip: Simplifying Evaluation, Treatment, & Return to Sport
Physical Therapy Innovations
Boston, Massachusetts, USA


February 17-18, 2018
The Athlete’s Hip: Simplifying Evaluation, Treatment, & Return to Sport
Henry Ford Fraser Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
Detroit, Michigan, USA

June 21-22, 2018
The Athlete’s Hip: Simplifying Evaluation, Treatment, & Return to Sport
Rapid City Regional Health
Rapid City, South Dakota, USA

August 4-5, 2018
The Athlete’s Hip: Simplifying Evaluation, Treatment, & Return to Sport
Prime Physiotherapy and Performance
Bozeman, Montana, USA

October 27-28, 2018
The Athlete’s Hip: Simplifying Evaluation, Treatment, & Return to Sport
Laurus Athletic Rehab & Performance
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

October 29, 2018
The Athlete’s Hip: Simplifying the Evaluation & Treatment of Groin Pain
Wright State University Athletic Training
Dayton, Ohio, USA

I am currently scheduling for 2019. Please contact me below if you are interested in hosting The Athlete’s Hip or Management of the Ice Hockey Athlete at your facility.

For more information, see my articles related to hip pathology.