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Community Health Sciences Professor, Dr. John Hay was a co-investigator on a project titled “MRI Evaluation for Cam Morphology in the Developing Hip”.
The lead investigator Dr. Paul Beaulé (MD, FRCSC) along with the co-investigators are set to receive the 2013 Otto Aufranc award from the Hip Society on March 23rd, 2013.
Researching the developing hip, this study used HAES (Habitual Activity Estimation Scale) developed by Dr. Hay to measure the intensity and duration of activity levels in young children.
“This project resulted in a significant clinical finding,” Says Dr. Hay.
“Further research is planned to determine the type, duration, and intensity of activity that might lead to maladaptive development of the hip in children.”
One of the major findings from this paper revealed that young children that are very active before their femur fully matures, are significantly more likely to develop femoral acetabular impingement syndrome (FAIS).
FAIS occurs due to small malformations in the geometry of the developing hip and is a predictive measure for premature and significant hip issues.
Aside from winning the award from the Hip Society, this research will also be published in the journal — Clinical Orthopaedic and Related Research.