In order to educate athletes from far and wide I want to dedicate a post now, and possibly more in the future to educating people on the body. This post in particular will focus on one of the most crucial body groups, the hip flexors.
Most people are mistaken on which muscles are actually contained in the Hip Flexor muscle group. The muscles in the hip flexor are any that assist in hip flexion, which includes many muscles that are often thought of as thigh or groin muscles. Looking at the top of the thigh, there are two muscles that are part of the hip flexor, the Rectus Femoris, and the Sartorius.
Hip Flexor Thigh Muscles
The Rectus Femoris is the muscle that is commonly referred to as the quadriceps. It is able to help flexion of not only the hip, but also of the knee. Because of its’ size and location, the Rectus Femoris is one of the most powerful muscles in the human body.
The Sartorius is the long skinny muscle that runs from your pelvis over and past your Rectus Femoris. It is able to support all rotational movements, hip and knee flexion, and also adduction, which is why it is a much more important part to the Hip Flexor than it looks from its’ appearance.