Research Review: Gluteus Maximus: Superficial & Deep Fibers
By Stefanie DiCarrado DPT, NASM CPT & CES
Edited by Brent Brookbush DPT, MS, PES, CES, CSCS, ACSM H/FS
Original Citation: Gibbons, S.G.T. (2004) The anatomy of the deep sacral part of the gluteus maximus and the psoas muscle: A clinical perspective. Proceeds of: The 5th interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back Pain. November 7-11, Melbourne, Australia
Why is this relevant?: The gluteus maximus muscle is most often thought of as solely a powerful hip extensor and external rotator of the hip. However, cadaver dissections has revealed a deep layer of the gluteus maximus that only crosses the sacroiliac joint (SIJ). This may indicate that the gluteus maximus contribute more to SIJ and pelvic girdle stabilization than originally thought.
|Level of Evidence||Level VI: Evidence from a single descriptive or qualitative study|