Adductor Muscle Anatomy

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


Adductor Muscle Anatomy

Anatomy Chart courtesy of FCIT


The Adductor Hiatus (not pictured) is 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 of the Adductor Muscles

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.


Adductor Exercises

Exercises that work the Adductors include:

Visit the Hamstring and Adductor Exercise Index for more movements that work your adductors.



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