Adductor Muscles – Hip Adductor Muscles


Image of anterior thigh showing the adductor muscles
Your adductor muscles are skeletal muscles located at the inner portion of your thigh. It is composed of several muscles that help move your thigh inward. The muscles comprising your hip adductor are the
  • Adductor magnus
  • Adductor brevis
  • Adductor longus
  • Pectineus, and the
  • Gracilis.

Function of the Hip Adductor Muscles

Your adductor muscles help move your lower limb towards your centerline or midline. When you cross your legs, these muscles contract, as well. When you walk or run, your adductors help keep your lower limbs from moving too far away from each other.

Adductor Injury – Groin Strain

A strain is an injury to a muscle. In groin strain, any of the adductor muscles become overstretched or pulled causing tearing, resulting in pain and swelling. It is a common sports injury, especially in football and certain track and field sports.

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