So there are lots of resources that I use with my students, and I got to thinking, ‘Hey, maybe some other people could use this stuff too!”

Most of these things I made at one point or another to help myself learn a particular idea, but then I turned around and gave them to my students.  Personally, I think making your own chart, diagram or model is the way to go, but sometimes you can get good ideas from the work of other people.

In most instances, I have tried to keep things simple, and I can think of exceptions to a lot of the stuff I have written. These charts are not absolutely comprehensive, since they are written with curious people, not professionals in mind.  I encourage you to ask questions, either here or elsewhere, and hopefully we can get to the bottom of the reason why something is or is not the case.

I would ask that if you take something from here, you just do the honorable academic thing, and say where you got it from.  For my part, I have distilled this information from books and resources too numerous to cite, but rest assured, I did not come up with the information on my own!

Joints Categorized by Movement
Not every joint of the body can do every movement.  These are the major movements of the major joints.

Muscles of the Body By Function
This handout considers the major muscles at each joint, and the movements they generate.

Back Movement Analysis Diagram
This diagram is a groovy illustration of how the muscles of your back cooperate to produce the awesome movements you can do. Is a muscle on one side of a line? Then it does the kind of movement on that side of the line.  Pay special attention to the rotational movement!

Neck Movement Analysis Diagram
This diagram is a graphical illustration of how the muscles of the neck work to produce movement.  All the muscles falling on one side of a given line produce the movements on that side of the line… you’ll see what I mean.

Lower Leg Functional Handout
This handout compares the muscles of the lower leg with the stuff they do. The reason such a thing might be helpful is because some muscles are positioned in such a way that it might be confusing.  The tibialis anterior, for example, is on the lateral aspect of the leg, but crosses and attaches to the medial side of the foot.  In the diagram, there are areas depicting a kind of movement: if a muscle is on one side of the line, it causes that movement. Look at the diagram… it will be clearer.


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