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Physio Talk: Butt basics

By Dylan Tannyan We are going to talk about the gluteus maximus (glute max) muscle. This important muscle sits on both sides of the body and runs from the pelvis to the femur (leg bone). The main role of this muscle is to extend and externally rotate the hip joint. The glute max is vital for simple tasks such as standing, walking, and even trunk support while sitting. This muscle becomes even more important during tasks of high force and power generation such as running or almost any sport activity. Many folks are concerned that they aren’t using their glute max properly, that their glute max isn’t firing properly, or that theirs is “turned off.” Unless someone has sustained a...

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