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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Technical Tuesday Biceps Femoris

Technical Tuesday Biceps Femoris

Dancers are often confused when teachers say “use the inside thigh muscles”, and rightly so. As you can see by the above illustration, there’s quite a bit going on in this particular area.

Today I’m going to focus on the biceps femoris, which despite its name, isn’t near the biceps of the arm (a more familiar place for the term). Instead, biceps simply means “two” (bi). It is one of these two sections of the muscle that is included in what we commonly call the hamstrings (the hamstrings also include the semitendinosus and the semimembranosus muscles), whew!

The biceps femoris is involved in knee flexion (pliés), and also in hip extension. It is also involved when the leg is rotated outward (turn-out).

Because the biceps femoris is the one hamstring muscle that is attached close to the back of the knee (the fibula), it is often injured – usually by overuse. Injury to this muscle causes pain in the back of the knee.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Dance History Factoid # 94
“The biceps femoris is part of the hamstrings muscle group.”

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