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Gluteus Medius: Applied Anatomy, Dysfunction, Assessment, and Progressive Strengthening

Presswood, Laura1; Cronin, John PhD2,3; Keogh, Justin W L PhD3; Whatman, Chris MAppSc3

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318187f19a
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Abstract

ONE OF THE MORE COMMON DEFICITS IDENTIFIED BY REHABILITATION SPECIALISTS AND STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PRACTITIONERS IS WEAKNESS OF THE GLUTEI MUSCLES, PARTICULARLY THE GLUTEUS MEDIUS (GM). GLUTEAL WEAKNESS CAN REDUCE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE AND PRECIPITATE A NUMBER OF LOWER EXTREMITY INJURIES. IN THIS ARTICLE, WE DISCUSS THE ANATOMY AND FUNCTION OF THE GM MUSCULATURE, PRESENT A REVIEW OF THE CURRENT LITERATURE PERTAINING TO GM CONDITIONING, AND RECOMMEND AN EXERCISE MODEL BASED ON CURRENT STRENGTHENING GUIDELINES.

Author Information

1Carmel College, Auckland, New Zealand; 2Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia; 3Institute of Sport and Recreation Research New Zealand, School of Sport and Recreation, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Laura Presswood is the Director of Sport at Carmel College in Auckland, New Zealand.

John Cronin is a Professor at Auckland University of Technology and an adjunct Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University.

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