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Anatomy of the Adductor Muscles - Adductor Magnus, Adductor Longues, Adductor Brevis, Gracilis, Pectineus


 

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Anatomy of the Adductor Muscles

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Anatomy of the Adductor Muscles Anatomy of the Adductor Muscles
Anatomy Chart courtesy of FCIT

The Adductors are a group of muscles that include: the Adductor Magnus, Longus and Brevis, the Gracilis and the Pectineus.

The Adductor Hiatus (not pictured) is simply a space in the attachment of the Adductor Magnus.

The Adductors originate on the pelvic bone and attach at intervals along the length of the femur. This interval attachment provides the most power and stability for the hip joint and the femur.

The Sartorius muscle is also included in this diagram though it's not technically an adductor - it acts at the hip to internally rotate the femur (a movement like you're crossing one leg over the other).




Functions

The primary function of the Adductors are adduction (the movement of the leg in towards the centerline of the body).

The Adductors also serve to stabilize the hip joint.




Exercises

Exercises that work the Adductors include:

  • Lunges
  • Wide-stance squats
  • Adductions
  • Side lunges


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