What is adducting?

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Adducting is a term used to describe the movement of an extremity toward the midline of the body or toward the body. The movement of adduction occurs in the frontal plane. For example, if take your left leg and cross it front of your right leg it would be adducting. The opposite of adduction is abduction, which is movement away from the body.

Rick Olderman
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Adducting is moving toward the body. For example, the process of bringing the leg back to the side of the body from abduction (moving away from the midline of the body out to the side) is said to be adducting the leg. An easy way to remember this is adducting adds to the body.

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