A literature review of studies evaluating gluteus maximus and gluteus medius activation during rehabilitation exercises

Michael P. Reiman, Lori A. Bolgla, Janice K. Loudon

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Recently, clinicians have focused much attention on the importance of hip strength for the rehabilitation of not only patients with low back pain but also lower extremity pathology. Properly designing a rehabilitation program for the gluteal muscles requires careful consideration of biomechanical principles, such as length of the external moment arm, gravity, and subject positioning. Understanding the anatomy and function of these muscles also is essential. Electromyography (EMG) provides a useful means to determine muscle activation levels during specific exercises. Descriptions of specific exercises, as they relate to the gluteal muscles, are described. The specific performance of these exercises, the reliability of such EMG measures, and descriptive figures are also detailed. Of utmost importance to practicing clinicians is the interpretation of such data and how it can be best used in exercise prescription when formulating a treatment plan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-268
Number of pages12
JournalPhysiotherapy theory and practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 1 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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