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Cadaver dissection of the TFL
Continuing Education2 Credits

Tensor Fascia Latae (TFL)

Integrated functional anatomy of the tensor fascia latae (TFL) and IT band. Attachments, nerves, palpation, joint actions, arthrokinematics, fascia, triggerpoints, and behavior in postural dysfunction. Common foam rolling, injury prevention, and stretches for the TFL.

Course Description: Tensor Fascia Latae

This course describes the anatomy and integrated function of the tensor fascia latae (a.k.a. TFL, tensor fascia lata, tensor fasciae latae, or tensor muscle). This muscle is located on the proximal and lateral thigh, primarily anterior to the hip joint, invests in the iliotibial tract (iliotibial band), is composed primarily of type I muscle fibers, and crosses the hip joint and knee joint. The tensor fascia latae is a hip flexor, hip abductor, hip internal rotator, tibial external rotator, and may contribute to knee extension or flexion depending on knee joint angle. This course also describes the role of the tensor fascia latae in hip joint arthrokinematics, fascial integration (iliotibial band and gluteus maximus), postural dysfunction, and subsystem integration. Sports medicine professionals (personal trainers, fitness instructors, physical therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, etc.) must be aware of the integrated function of the TFL muscle for detailed analysis of human movement, and the development of sophisticated exercise programs and therapeutic (rehabilitation) interventions. Further, this course is essential knowledge for future courses discussing injury prevention and physical rehabilitation (e.g. “tight TFL”, TFL pain, hip joint pain, knee pain, runner’s knee, greater trochanteric bursitis, IT band tightness/iliotibial tract tightness, hip impingement syndrome, etc.) and tensor fascia latae exercises and techniques (e.g. TFL foam rolling, TFL release, TFL soft tissue mobilization, TFL stretch, etc. ).

Brookbush Institute's most recommended techniques for the Tensor Fascia Latae (see videos below):

Cadaver dissection of the TFL
Caption: Cadaver dissection of the TFL

Introduction to the Tensor Fascia Latae

Tensor Fascia Latae Muscle Actions

Fascial Integration

Behavior In Postural Dysfunction

Techniques for the Tensor Fascia Latae


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