2) Iliotibial batid (inserts onto Gerdys' tubercle 0n the front of the proximal tibia).
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Gluteus Maximus (GLOO-te-us MAK-si-mus)
I xtend'. and externally rotates hip. Upperfibers .iv.i-.t to abduct thigh. Assists to stabilize fully ■ t ' tided knee (via iliotibial band).
Open chain contraction extends and externally rotates the hip joint.
Contracting the gluteus maximus lifts and externally rotates the back leg in virabhadrasana III. The fibers inserting on the iliotibial band also assist in stabilizing the straight knee.
Closed chain contraction extends trunk virabhadrasana II.
The gluteus maximus can be eccentrically contracted in padangustasana, stretching and strengthening it.
Closed chain contraction of the gluteus maximus in ushtrasana extends the trunk.
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