What Is a Hip Pointer?

A hip pointer is a 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.