The textbook has a list of key terms and word origins for each

The textbook has a list of key terms and word origins for each chapter.
Most of these terms will become familiar as the material is covered,
but reviewing them, especially the word origins, before reading the
chapter can be helpful. Definitions for the key terms are available from
the Evolve Website.
Just because a group of movers exists does not mean that every muscle of
that group necessarily contracts every time the action in question
occurs. One or a few muscles can contract to create the action in
Slide 1
Slide 2
In this illustration, the brachialis is the mover.
Name other possible movers of flexion of the forearm at the elbow
In the picture on the left, gravity acts as the mover. What is the mover
in the picture on the right?
In the illustration on the right, the force of the opponent’s pull acts as
the mover.
The name antagonist literally means antiagonist (antimover).
However, the actual definition of an antagonist is a muscle (or other
force) that can perform the action that is the opposite of the action in
question. In other words, the antagonist must oppose that particular
action of the mover.
Slide 4
Every muscle that flexes the forearm at the elbow joint is an
antagonist, because every elbow joint flexor opposes the action in
Slide 5
Why is gravity an antagonist in these pictures?
Slide 3
Because the motion is upward (flexion of the forearm at the elbow
Every extensor of the elbow joint is an antagonist, even if it is not
Slide 6
When might cocontraction be beneficial?
When stabilization of a body part is needed, cocontraction is desirable
and often occurs.
Slide 7
Since gravity affects every movement in the same basic way (i.e., it’s
always pulling down), it provides an effective way to determine which
muscle is working in any given situation.
Slide 8
Of course, there are exceptions to these rules. We can supplement
gravity to move downward more quickly, for instance.
Slide 9
What role does gravity play in these two illustrations?
Gravity is an antagonist in the scenario depicted on the left, and it is a
neutral force in the scenario on the right.
Slide 10
What is the role of gravity in this illustration?
Gravity is a mover in this picture.
Slide 11
Practice flexing your fingers into a fist and simultaneously palpating
both your own wrist joint extensor musculature and the common
extensor tendon. You can feel the contraction.
Why are wrist joint extensors contracting when the fingers flex?
They are contracting in order to fix (stabilize) the hand at the wrist
joint so that the finger flexor muscles do not also flex the hand at the
wrist joint.
Slide 12
Slide 13
How can we determine which attachment of the working muscle is
Look at the action in question that is occurring. Whichever body part
is moving is the mobile attachment; whichever body part is not moving
is the fixed attachment.
Slide 14
In the illustration on the right, the posterior deltoid acts as a fixator of
the arm by creating a force of extension on the arm at the shoulder
joint. This prevents the biceps brachii from flexing the arm at the
shoulder joint.
Slide 15
Which muscle is acting as the fixator in this figure?
The rectus abdominis.
It prevents the TFL from anteriorly tilting the pelvis.
Slide 16
In any given action, the mobility muscles would tend to be the movers
of the joint action.
Slide 17
How does core stabilization create stronger and more efficient
movements of our body?
If we stabilize our core’s axial body, then we can channel all the
strength of our muscles’ contractions toward moving our extremities.
Slide 18
If the vertebrae in this scenario are not fixed, then they will move
every time the arm abducts. This can eventually result in excessive
wear and tear and therefore damage to the spine.
Slide 19
There are three cardinal planes: sagittal, frontal, and transverse. If we
assume that the desired action occurs in one of these planes, we should
also recognize that undesired actions might occur in the other two,
were it not for the presence of neutralizers.
Slide 20
In B (on the right), why is the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) a
It is a neutralizer because it cancels out unwanted actions of the right
levator scapulae. (Neck flexion cancels out neck extension, and left
rotation of the neck cancels out right rotation of the neck.)
Slide 21
Which muscle is the neutralizer in the illustration on the left?
The pronator teres is the neutralizer because its action of pronation of
the forearm at the radioulnar joints cancels out the biceps brachii’s
action of supination of the forearm at the radioulnar joints.
Slide 22
Table 13-1 provides a more detailed version of the information
contained on this slide and the next.
Slide 23
Once you have this step-by-step rubric down, you will eventually
become proficient at determining the fixators and neutralizers
associated with a particular action.
Slide 24
Which muscle is the “muscle that is working” in this scenario?
The levator scapulae is contracting; it is the “muscle that is working”;
it is the mover in this illustration.
What is the role of the SCM?
The SCM is a neutralizer.
What is the role of the lower trapezius?
The lower trapezius is a fixator (stabilizer).
Slide 25
Slide 26
Slide 27
Support muscles usually work far away from the joint where an action
is occurring.
Slide 28
Which are the support muscles in the scenario on the left?
The left-sided erector spinae musculature supports this action.
Its force of left lateral flexion of the trunk at the spinal joints prevents
the trunk from falling into right lateral flexion of the trunk at the spinal
Slide 29
The biceps brachii and pronator teres both flex the forearm at the
elbow joint in the sagittal plane. Therefore they are synergists.
Slide 30
In the sagittal plane, these muscles are synergists. In the frontal plane,
however, they are antagonists.
Slide 31
Why does it take humans so long to become coordinated?
The coordination of multiple movements and contractions is
enormously complex; the more complex, as in athletics or dance, the
longer it takes to achieve proficiency and economy of movement.
Slide 32
What is ischemia?
It is the loss of arterial blood supply to the tissues of the body.
Slide 33
One way to explore the complexity of coordination is to lift a heavy
weight in your right hand (as shown in the illustration) and slowly
palpate the pronator teres, biceps brachii, posterior deltoid, and left
erector spinae. You will be able to feel each of these muscles as they
work in concert to lift the weight.
Slide 34
In the soccer scenario, what is the role of the support muscle?
It is keeping the player from falling to the ground.
Slide 35
Abduction of the arm 180 degrees relative to the trunk really consists
of two separate coupled joint actions.
What are they?
The two separate coupled joint actions are abduction of the arm at the
shoulder joint and upward rotation of the scapula at the scapulocostal