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  • Adductor & Abductor Muscles

    The adductor muscles are a group of muscles responsible for drawing a part of the body toward its midline or the axis of an extremity. In the human thigh, there are three primary adductor muscles: the adductor longus, adductor brevis, and adductor magnus.

    1. Adductor Longus: This muscle is located in the medial compartment of the thigh. It originates from the pubic bone and inserts onto the femur (thigh bone) near the linea aspera. The adductor longus primarily functions to adduct the thigh, meaning it brings the thigh closer to the midline of the body.

    2. Adductor Brevis: The adductor brevis lies deep to the adductor longus. It originates from the inferior pubic ramus (part of the hip bone) and inserts on the linea aspera of the femur. Like the adductor longus, it contributes to thigh adduction.

    3. Adductor Magnus: The adductor magnus is the largest of the adductor muscles. It has two parts: the adductor and the hamstring part. The adductor part originates from the inferior pubic ramus and inserts onto the linea aspera. It assists in thigh adduction. The hamstring part, on the other hand, originates from the ischial tuberosity (the "sitting bone") and functions as a hip extensor and a knee flexor.

    These adductor muscles play essential roles in various movements, such as bringing the legs together, maintaining balance, and stabilizing the hip joint during activities like walking, running, or jumping.

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    <p><a href="">Kinesiologist</a> discusses ankle-weight assisted adductor strength exercises.</p>

    Kinesiologist discusses ankle-weight assisted adductor strength exercises.

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    Kinesiologist , discusses ankle-weight assisted abductor strength exercises.

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    Kinesiologist , discusses groin stretches.

  • How to Strengthen Adductor Muscles

    1. Straight Leg Raises: Lie on your back with both legs extended straight. Keep one leg on the mat and raise the other leg upward while engaging your core muscles. Lower the leg back down without touching the floor and repeat for the desired number of reps.

    2. Scissor Leg Raises: Lie on your back with both legs extended straight. Lift one leg up toward the ceiling while keeping the other leg hovering just above the floor. As you lower the first leg, raise the other leg up. Alternate the leg movements in a scissor-like motion, focusing on engaging your core throughout the exercise.

    It's important to note that using ankle weights can add intensity to your leg raises, but it's essential to choose a weight that you can handle comfortably and maintain proper form throughout the exercise. Additionally, as with any exercise, it's always a good idea to consult with a fitness professional or trainer to ensure you're performing the movements correctly and to customize your workout based on your fitness level and goals.


    This exercise aims to strengthen and lengthen the hips. The instructions you provided involve performing the leg motions on the side and then bringing the leg forward, maintaining a square pelvis position throughout.

    This exercise can be beneficial for targeting the hip muscles and improving overall stability and control. Additionally, it appears to be a versatile exercise that can be performed in various settings due to its accessibility. Remember to consult with a fitness professional or healthcare provider before starting any new exercise regimen to ensure it is suitable for your specific needs and physical condition.



  • Groin Stretch

    The stretch you described is commonly known as the butterfly stretch or the seated groin stretch. It is an effective stretch for targeting the muscles in the inner thigh and groin area. Here's a breakdown of the steps involved:

    1. Sit on the floor or a mat with your back straight and your feet together in front of you.
    2. Allow your knees to naturally fall out to the sides, creating a diamond shape with your legs.
    3. Initially, your knees may be quite high off the ground, and your back might be slightly rounded. This is normal, especially if you're not very flexible in that area.
    4. Focus on maintaining good upper body posture throughout the stretch. Keep your chest lifted and your shoulders relaxed.
    5. To engage your gluteal muscles and activate your groin, gently press your knees down towards the ground.
    6. Gradually, over time and with consistent practice, you may find that your upper body rises higher, your stomach comes in, and your knees naturally move closer to the ground.
    7. The ultimate goal is to have your knees touching the ground, but remember that everyone starts at different points and progresses at their own pace.
    8. Hold the stretch for about 5 to 10 seconds initially, and then release the pressure and relax for a few seconds.
    9. Transition into a hamstring stretch by extending your legs forward and reaching towards your toes. This provides a counter-stretch to the groin muscles.
    10. After the hamstring stretch, return to the butterfly position and repeat the process, gradually working on improving your flexibility over time.

    Remember to listen to your body and never force any stretch beyond your comfort zone. If you experience pain or discomfort, ease off the stretch and consult with a professional such as a family physician or a physiotherapist. They can provide personalized guidance and ensure you're performing the stretch correctly and safely.

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