Gluteus maximus muscle
The gluteus maximus muscle is a large muscle of the buttocks that connects the pelvis to the femur. When contracted, it pulls the hip backward. The gluteus maximus plays a key role in the running motion, and a small role in both standing and walking.
- ↑ Lieberman, Daniel E, et al. The human gluteus maximus and its role in running. doi: 10.1242/jeb.02255 June 1, 2006 J Exp Biol 209, 2143-2155. http://jeb.biologists.org/content/209/11/2143.abstract