Backwards Marching Essay

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Backwards Marching Backwards marching is a marching command in which one lifts up on their toes and walks backwards in a gliding motion without their heels touching the ground. This movement focuses on the lower half of the body, primarily using the joints in the hips, and the knees, and ankles in both legs. These joints, along with the help from many muscles, allow the necessary movements to be performed, such as plantar flexion, extension, and flexion, in order to execute backwards marching properly
During the process of backwards marching, one lifts onto their toes in a fluid motion, this requires the use of the ankle joints. The ankle joint, also known as the Talocrural, is located in between the Talus, tibia, and fibula creating a type
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The flexor digitorum longus is a muscle in the leg that extends from the posterior surface of the tibia to the foot, and assists the leg in plantar flexion of the foot. Originating in the lateral condyle of the tibia and the head and shaft of the fibula, and has an insertion of the tarsal and metatarsal bones. The flexor digitorum longus divides into four parts upon insertion, connecting to the terminal bones of the four lateral toes. The tibialis posterior is located on the posterior side of the leg just as the flexor digitorum longus is, this muscle is the deepest of the muscle on the back of the leg. The tibialis posterior originates from the lateral condyle and posterior surface of the tibia and the posterior surface of the fibula, and inserts to in the tarsal and metatarsal bones; connecting the tibia and fibula to the ankle bones, by means of tendons that curve under the medial malleolus. This muscle assists in the plantar flexion of the foot during backwards marching. The soleus also another muscle that assists in plantar flexion of the foot. The soleus is a thick, flat muscle located above the tibialis posterior and the flexor digitorum longus, and is one …show more content…
This movement requires the use of the knees, which includes tibiofemoral joint and the femoropatellar joint. The tibiofemoral joint is a type of synovial joint called a hinge joint, which is located where femur and tibia articulate, allowing only movement in one plane, but can perform flexion, extension, slight rotation when it is flexed, and diarthrotic. However, the tibiofemoral joint is used during backwards marching to implement extension, the straightening of parts at a joint in order for the angle between them to increase, causing the parts to move farther apart. The other joint, femoropatellar, which is not greatly used, is a variety of synovial joint called a gliding joint. A gliding joint allows sliding and twisting motions, but is used in this joint to execute a sliding movement and diarthrotic movement. Overall the knees perform extension when backwards marching, because you must keep your entire leg straight when stepping

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