Definition: Adductor Muscles

Adductor Muscles: The pair of adductor muscles on the inside of the thighs pull the legs toward each other.  These are the muscles that must be stretched in order to perform a straddle split. When walking and running, the adductors function as neutralizers to control unwanted side to side action of the legs. When standing, the adductors act as side-to-side stabilizers. During specific movement patterns, such sliding into a split or landing a straddle jump, do the adductors perform a specific action.

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