A hip pointer is aÂ bruise that affects the iliac crest or the surrounding tissues, such as the tensor fascia fata. The iliac crest is one of the bones at the hip joint.
A hip pointer is caused by a sudden hit that is hard enough to bruise the iliac crest, and it's common among ice hockey, rugby and football athletes. If the bruise is severe, it may form a hematoma, a localized collection of blood, as stated by SportsMD. The level of pain and how long the injury takes to recover depends on the severity the condition, as stated by KidsHealth. A hip pointer can be treated clinically, and imaging may be required for an effective diagnosis.