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Adductor Brevis Anatomy: Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

Adductor Brevis Anatomy Study

Adductor Brevis Muscle
Origin: Inferior ramus and body of the pubis, between gracilis and obturator externus.
Insertion: Along a line from the lesser trochanter to the linea aspera, the upper third of the linea aspera, downward along the upper third of the linea aspera, immediately behind the pectineus and the upper part of adductor longus
Action: Adduction of the thigh at the hip, assists with internal rotation of the thigh at the hip.
Innervation: Anterior division of the obturator nerve  (L2 -3)
Blood Supply:  Femoral artery

Synergist: Iliopsoas, Pectineus, Tensor fasciae latae, Sartorius

Antagonist: Gluteus maximus, Adductor magnus (posterior part)

For pain and symptom information see: Adductor Brevis: Groin and Thigh Pain


Primary Action of the Adductor Brevis:

1. Adduction of the thigh at the hip

    • Agonists: Adductor magnus (anterior part), Adductor longus
    • Antagonists: Gluteus maximus (upper fibers), Gluteus medius, Gluteus minimus

Secondary Action of the Adductor Brevis:

2. Assists with internal rotation of the thigh at the hip

    • Agonist: Tensor fasciae latae, Gluteus mimimus (anterior fibers), Gluteus medius (anterior fibers)
    • Antagonists: Obturator internus, Obturator externus, Gemellus superior, Gemellus interior, Quadratus femoris


Recommended Anatomy Study Books
The Anatomy Coloring Book is one of the best study and reference books for beginning anatomy students. The diagrams are clearly labeled and allow you to see the relationship and placement of the various structures of the body. You will also be surprised how the act of coloring will help with recall. But this is not just a beginners book, it is also great for practitioners and therapists to have on hand to use with clients and patients to use as a visual reference.


Out of the scores of books in my office Basic Clinical Massage Therapy is by far the most referenced book in my library. The musculoskeletal system is overlaid on human models allowing you to learn the precise location, origin and insertions of each muscle. The models are pictured in various poses throughout the book which also helps you visualize muscles in motion and their actions relationship with the skeletal structure and other muscles. Though it is written for massage therapists, it is an excellent book for anyone who wants to learn about the muscular system. MT’s will benefit from recommended treatments for each muscle.





The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook – Claire Davies, Amber Davies, and David G. Simons

Basic Clinical Massage Therapy: Integrating Anatomy and Treatment – James H. Clay and David M. Pounds

Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain – Donna Finando and Steven Finando

Massage Therapy Principles and Practice – Susan Salvo

Theory & Practice of Therapeutic Massage – Mark Beck


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