Tibialis Anterior Activation

(Lower Extremity Dysfunction)

By Brent Brookbush DPT, PT, COMT, MS, PES, CES, CSCS, H/FS

For a complete review of origin, insertion, innervation, action, integrated action, arthrokinematics, motor behavior, subsystem involvement, and trigger points, check out the Functional Anatomy & Human Movement Science of the:

For an introduction to activation exercise including a list of commonly activated muscles, the goal of activation exercise, activation circuits, progression, acute variables, order of activation exercise and PDF of the “Integrated warm-up template.”

Signs of under-activity and a maladaptive increase in length:

Carefully assess dysfunction in every individual before suggesting corrective techniques.

Overhead Squat Assessment:

Manual Muscle Testing for an Active Population (MMT):

  • Tibialis Anterior MMT and Modifications:

    • A common result indicating dysfunction is strong with compensation. That is, the individual can resist considerable force, but does so with additional joint motion. The most common compensations include excessive toe extension and ankle eversion, implicating