Assessing Overactivity in the Adductor Magnus

Welcome if you are visiting from my older blog I am transitioning to this site and am still working out a few bugs.

This post goes with the video I put on my You Tube account

When the addcutor magnus is overactive/tight and synergistically dominant for weak glutes, it teams up with the TFL to wreak havoc at the hip joint,  restricting joint capsules and restriction internal rotation. This causes accessory movement and strain on other joints  like the knee joint and scaro-illiac joint (never mind the shoulder up through the neck!).

The adductor magnus can be tricky. In the sagital plane it is most often a hip extensor, in the frontal plane always a hip adductor and in the transverse plane usually  a hip external rotater. It works in “kahoots” with the TFL to wreak havoc due to weak glutes and core stabilizers to support the hip in the frontal plane.

This a muscle that should be inhibited with a roller or otherwise on a regular basis along with the TFL. To keep it quite, the posterior fibers of glute med and glute max need to be activated along with the deep intrinsic core stabilizers to balance off the lumbo-pelvic-hip-complex.

Here is the video link again in case you have not see it;

Thanks for watching!

Eric Beard

Corrective Exercise Specialist


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