Adductor Complex - Muscle Physiology & Functional Anatomy


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Adductor MagnusAdductor LongusAdductor Brevis






  • Ischiopubic ramus (anterior, adductor portion)

  • Lower outer quadrant of posterior surface of ischial tuberosity (posterior, hamstring or ischial fibers)


  • Lower gluteal line & linea aspera (anterior, adductor portion)

  • Adductor tubercle on the medial condyle ridge (posterior, hamstring or ischial fibers)

Major Artery:

  • Obturator artery


Neural Innervation:

  • Posterior division (L2-L4) of obturator nerve (anterior, adductor portion)

  • Tibial portion (L4-S3) of sciatic


Trigger Points:

Adductor Magnus Trigger Points   





Concentric Functions:

  • Hip adduction, transverse adduction & external rotation (during adduction)

  • Provides frontal plane stabilization during stance & assists in hip extension


Eccentric Functions:

  • Helps decelerates hip flexion at heel strike along with the other muscles of the adductor complex


Isometric Function:

  • Helps dynamically stabilize the lumbo-pelvic hip along with the other muscles of the adductor complex


Muscles Included





More Images of the Adductor Complex Muscle

Adductor Magnus


Cross Section of Adductor Magnus

More Information about the Adductor Complex Muscle

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