Kinesiology of the hip: a focus on muscular actions.

  title={Kinesiology of the hip: a focus on muscular actions.},
  author={Donald A. Neumann},
  journal={The Journal of orthopaedic and sports physical therapy},
  volume={40 2},
  • D. Neumann
  • Published 1 February 2010
  • Medicine, Biology
  • The Journal of orthopaedic and sports physical therapy
The 21 muscles that cross the hip provide both triplanar movement and stability between the femur and acetabulum. The primary intent of this clinical commentary is to review and discuss the current understanding of the specific actions of the hip muscles. Analysis of their actions is based primarily on the spatial orientation of the muscles relative to the axes of rotation at the hip. The discussion of muscle actions is organized according to the 3 cardinal planes of motion. Actions are… 

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