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Quadratus Femoris – Muscle of the Month (Jan)

Hello Dancers, this one is for you! The Quadratus Femoris muscle is just one of the muscles deep in your hip that help you to perform your turn out. It is a rectangular shaped muscle that attaches from the ischial tuberosity (the sitting bone) and travels to attach onto your femur (the large bone of the thigh).

You can see in the pictures below exactly where this muscle is located on your body. Its main job is to rotate the thigh out to the side and so it functions particularly during turnout on your standing leg. Improving the strength of this muscle can improve your turnout whilst preventing you from using potentially detrimental compensatory movements such as inappropriate pelvic tilts.

Are you having difficulty achieving a great turnout? Come and see one of our helpful physios who can complete an assessment of your hip ROM, strength and control to assist you in determining if your Quadratus Femoris is not working as well as it should and to show you how you can improve its function.


Melissa Andreatta, Physiotherapist


If you would like to make an appointment with Melissa, give one of our friendly team a call on 4724 0768 or Click Here, to book online.

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