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Plague of hip injuries?

Islanders fans are all too familiar with hip surgery, with Rick DiPietro, Mike Sillinger and Mike Comrie all going under the knife last year and none returning to 100%. Are hip injuries increasing across sports? Is it related to training focused on strengthening the knees? Or is it a matter of better diagnosis, allowing docs to "fix" problems that otherwise would have been played through and/or rested? The New York Times takes it for a spin, in one of those "experts are talking, but data is incomplete" stories. One doc in the story: "I get 40 hockey players in a six-week period at the end of the season all coming into my office with the same-looking bone structure in their hips, all saying that they have been skating since they were 3 years old."

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