Three large gluteal muscles:
Gluteus maximus (1) inserted onto the Iliotibial tract (3)
Note the muscles 1, 2 ,3 ,4 ,5 and 6 on the picture.
Note attachements of these muscles and be able to identify them on the hip bone and femur.
Six small lateral rotators:
|What is the role of gluteus medius an minimus in bipedal striding?|
Lateral balance control
The gluteus medius and minimus of the supporting limb abduct the pelvis tilting and holding it so that the pelvis on the swinging side is prevented from sagging to the unsupported side.
This supportive mechanism of the two muscles is generally referred to as lateral balance control.
Its integrity depends on three main features:
What happens when any one of the features of lateral balance control is compromised? Answer