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PROBLEM STATEMENT Many movements take place in planes that cannot be specifically identified.

What is an oblique plane movement? An oblique plane is a term used to describe any plane that cannot be categorised into any of the coronal, transverse or sagittal planes. In the field of anatomy oblique refers to diagonal or slanted direction relative to the horizontal and vertical directions. The oblique plane is a plane inclined relative to the horizontal (transverse) and vertical planes. You could think of it as a combination of horizontal and vertical directions. The coronal and the sagittal planes both lie in the vertical directions whereas the transverse plane is in the horizontal direction. Movements in the oblique plane consist of actions that move through multiple planes and that cannot be categorised as solely occurring in the sagittal, coronal or transverse direction. To illustrate this concept, I will be using the example of swinging a cricket bat. To swing a cricket bat consist of individual movements that occur in different planes. The standing position is in a semi squat, trunk flexion gluteas maximus, hamstrings, rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, vastus intermedius, vastus medialis, isometric contraction (sagittal), left rotaion of the neck (transverse). The position of the right wrist is in radial deviation curling the wrist brachioradialis, isometric (frontal). Before the bat is swung the batsman flexes and extends his arms elbow flexion and extention, flexion biceps brachii, brachialis, brachioradials, extension tricep brachii, anconeus (sagittal). Hip abduction (frontal) gluteas medius, gluteas minimus, tensor fasciae latae, gluteas maximus, superior
fibers, psoas major, iliacus, sartorius concentric contraction. Medial external rotation side lunge gluteus maximus, piriformis, gemellus superior, obturator internus, gemellus inferior, obturator externus, quadratus femoris, psoas major, iliacus, sartorius (transverse) of the left leg. Left rotation of the trunk (transverse) into a lunge (sagittal). Shoulder horizontal abduction (transverse) middle deltoid, supraspinatus, anterior deltoid and biceps brachii. This is a combination of more than one plane of movement. That movement cannot be specifically categorized as solely occurring in a sagittal, frontal or transverse plane. The cricket bat swing exactly demonstrates a movement in an oblique plain covering a combination of movements in different planes. From the starting position to the end this movement covers all the planes of movement making it an oblique plane. Reference NSCAs ESSENTIALS of PERSONAL TRAINING SECOND EDITION