Gracilis - Muscle Physiology & Functional Anatomy

 

Gracilis

Anatomy

 

Origin:

  •  Outer surface of the ischiopubic ramus

Insertion:

  • Medial surface of the superior tibia (upper medial shaft of tibia below sartorius)



Major Artery:

  • Medial circumflex femoral artery

 

Neural Innervation:

  • Anterior branch of obturator nerve

 

Trigger Points:

Gracilis Trigger Points   

 

 

Physiology

 

Concentric Functions:

  • Hip adduction & transverse adduction

  • Knee flexion

 

Eccentric Functions:

  • Decelerates hip flexion at heel strike

 

Isometric Function:

  • Stabilizes the medial tibio-femoral joint during functional movements

 

Related Muscles

  • Adductor Complex

  • Hamstrings


Antagonists:


Exercises:

 

 


More Images of the Gracilis Muscle

Gracilis Muscle

Cross Section of the Thigh and Gracilis muscle highlighted


More Information about the Gracilis Muscle

The gracilis muscle is part of the adductor complex of the hip which includes the adductor magnus, adductor brevis,
adductor longus, & pectineus muscles.

 

 

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