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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Technical Tuesday Gracilis

Technical Tuesday Gracilis

The gracilis muscle extends from the groin to the upper shaft of the tibia (shinbone). It is one of those often discussed “inner thigh muscles”.

This muscle assists with bending the knee (think pliés), stabilizing the knee, and is responsible for hip adduction - moving from the outside toward the center of the body – for example: taking the leg from à la seconde to attitude devant. (Hint: To remember what adduction means think of “adding” to the center of the body). You also use this muscle every day when you cross your legs.

There are four other muscles, besides the gracilis that assist in hip adduction: pectineus, adductor brevis, adductor longus, and the adductor magnus. But I’ll save those for another day.

There is a nerve that supplies this muscle: the obturator nerve. If it is impinged (pinched) it can cause pain that radiates from the hip to the knee.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Anatomical Secret # 31
“The gracilis is one of the ‘inner thigh muscles’.”

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