An acetabular labral tear is an injury to the tissues and cartilage of the hip socket. An acetabular labral tear occurs when the labrum, which is a strong band of cartilage and tissues that surround the inside of the hip socket, is damaged. An acetabular labral tear, also called a hip labral tear, can occur as a result of sports or exercises that cause repetitive wear and tear on the hip, such as running, soccer, hockey, or ballet. Other causes of a hip labral tear include a fall, accident, or other injury, while as many as 75 percent of all acetabular labral tears occur for no known reason. Symptoms of an acetabular labral tear include pain that extends to the groin and a "clicking" sound in the hip joint during movement.