Division of Rehabilitation Sciences

Occupational Therapy / Physical Therapy 7143

Control of Human Movement

Muscles of the human body

Students of human movement confront the challenge of learning musculoskeletal anatomy. This page lists the muscles that students in the course learn to palpate, and whose attachments and lines of applications they must illustrate in the form of a force vector.

Hip and pelvic region
Knee region
Ankle and foot
Back and abdomen
Shoulder complex
Wrist and hand

Hip and pelvic region (Smith, Weiss, & Lehmkuhl, 1996, pp.267-268)

Knee (Smith, Weiss, & Lehmkuhl, 1996, p.303)

Ankle and foot (Smith, Weiss, & Lehmkuhl, 1996, pp.344-355)

(Muscles that cross the ankle and subtalar joint are attached proximally to structures outside the foot, and so are termed extrinsic foot muscles. The term distinguishes them from intrinsic foot muscles (Smith, Weiss, & Lehmkuhl, 1996, pp. 355-356), knowledge of which is not part of the course's objectives.)

Anterior muscles of the trunk (Smith, Weiss, & Lehmkuhl, 1996, pp.377-380, 384-387)

Posterior muscles of the trunk (Smith, Weiss, & Lehmkuhl, 1996, pp.380-383)

Extensors/Ipsilateral Rotators:

Extensors/Contralateral Rotators (transverso-spinalis muscles)

  • Quadratus Lumborum
  • Muscles of the shoulder complex (Smith, Weiss, & Lehmkuhl, 1996, pp. 236-252)

    Muscles of the elbow and radioulnar joints (Smith, Weiss, & Lehmkuhl, 1996, pp. 163-172)

    Muscles of the wrist and hand (Smith, Weiss, & Lehmkuhl, 1996, pp. 191-198) are listed on another page.

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