Biomechanics: Key Muscle Pairs in Movement Agonist / Antagonist Relationship
Questions Answered Here
For each movement, name the agonist and antagonist muscles and an example of a pose or activity that uses the movement:
- Elbow flexion and extension
- Shoulder flexion and extension
- Shoulder abduction and adduction
- Shoulder medial rotation and lateral rotation
- Spinal flexion and extension
- Hip flexion and extension
- Hip abduction and adduction
- Hip medial rotation and lateral rotation
- Knee flexion, and extension
- Ankle dorsiflexion and plantarflexion
- Wrist flexion and extension
- How can teaching awareness of these muscle pairings impact students?
- Provide examples of how knowledge of the muscle relationships can inform sequencing and class planning.