Major Muscles and Actions Involved
The major muscle involved in hip (thigh) abduction is the gluteus medius. Some anatomists believe that the gluteus minimus is also a prime mover. In this exercise the leg is pulled out to the side of the body away from the midline.
Leg (hip) abduction is used in all sports requiring side stepping or movement to the side (lateral movement). This includes soccer, baseball, football, lacrosse, field and ice hockey, handball, basketball, volleyball, and racquet sports such as tennis and racquetball. Leg abduction is also the key action in shifting your body weight in the hitting and throwing sports. This occurs when you push off your rear leg to get your body weight onto your forward leg.
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