Hip Pads Prevent Hip Pointer Injury

Learn how to fit hip pads to prevent a hip pointer pain and injury

Padded compression shorts help prevent hip pointer injuries
Padded compression shorts help prevent hip pointer injuries. photo courtesy of PriceGrabber

What Is A Hip Pointer?

A hip pointer injury is an extremely painful, acute injury to the iliac crest of the pelvis. The injury causes bleeding into the abdominal muscles, which attach to the iliac crest. The bone and overlying muscle are often bruised, and the pain can be intense. Pain may be felt when walking, laughing, coughing, or even breathing deeply. Hip pointers generally occur in sports with a high risk of a direct impact in the iliac crest from either a collision or a hard fall.
The sports most commonly associated with a hip pointer injury include football, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and snowboarding.

Hip Pointer Prevention

In many cases it's not entirely possible to prevent a hip pointer. However, developing appropriate skills and techniques can reduce an athlete's risk of a fall. And following the rules and regulations of a sport may help reduce the number and severity of collisions that contribute to hip pointer injuries.

The most important thing an athlete can do to prevent a serious injury is to wear the appropriate protective equipment for their sport. And the most important piece of safety gear for preventing a hip pointer injury are hip pads. Hip pads designed specifically for a sport can dramatically reduce the risk and severity of a hip pointer injury.

What are Hip Pads?

Traditional hip pads are tough, thin, lightweight plastic protective pads that are worn under the pants and cover the hips from the upper thigh to the iliac crest.
These pads often fit right into a special sleeve in football and hockey pants to cover the right area and to prevent the pads from moving.

Today there are a variety of hip and thigh pads that are build right into tight compression shorts or "girdles" where the padding is placed in a variety of strategic patterns for many sports including motocross, baseball, football, skateboarding, mountain biking and many others.

Hip and thigh pads are generally available at many sporting goods and specialty stores and can be used by athletes of nearly any sport that has a high risk of falls or collisions and hip injuries.

How To Properly Fit a Hip Pad

If you are building compression shorts with built in hip and thigh pads, be sure the padding comes up high enough to come up over the crest of the hip bone. Many such built in pads protect the thigh, tailbone and lower hip only, but to prevent a hip pointer, the padding needs to cover the iliac crest.

Shop for a Hip Pad

Hip pads come in a variety of styles and materials. Here are some of the best choices in hip pads for sports with a high risk of hip pointer injuries.

Hip Pads for Football
Padded Compression Shorts
Ice Hockey Pants
Ice Hockey Girdles
Hip Pads for Snowboarding
All Hip Pads

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