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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Technical Tuesday Ischial Tuberosity

Technical Tuesday Ischial Tuberosity

Earlier this year, I talked about imagining rockets on your sitz bones, and I briefly described these bones (https://balletwebb.blogspot.com/search?q=sitz). Today I thought I’d go into a bit more detail.

Technically speaking, “sitz bone” isn’t a medical term, it’s ischial tuberosity, but that’s quite a mouthful. Here is a description from

“The ischial tuberosity is a rounded bone that extends from the ischium — the curved bone that makes up the bottom of your pelvis. It’s located just below the ischial spine, which is a pointed bone that extends up the backside of your pelvis.
Three tendons connect the hamstring, a muscle in the back of your thigh, to the ischial tuberosity. The gluteus maximus muscle covers the ischial tuberosity when your leg is straight and your thigh is extended. When your knee is bent and your thigh is flexed, the gluteus maximus moves and leaves the ischial tuberosity uncovered. This explains why you don’t have that large gluteus maximum muscle as extra padding for your ischial tuberosity when you sit down.”

“Sitz/sits bones – Neither of these are correct. The correct term is “sit bones.”  By itself, “sitz” is not a word, but if you combine it with “bath” you have a valid term for a type of bath that you sit in (preferably on your sit bones) to treat pelvic and/or genital issues. Sits bones is just bad grammar; after all, you don’t sits down, you sit down and these are the bones you should be sitting on. Actually, the  sit bones are a specific part of one of your pelvic/hip bones.”

Now you know more than you intended – right?

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Anatomical Secret #:
“The true name for sitz or sit bone is ischial tuberosity.”

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