What is the difference between axis of movement and planes of movement

What is the difference between the axis of movement and planes of movement?

Axis of movement and planes of movement get mixed up all the time, in this video and blog you’ll learn the difference between planes and axes.

Axis and planes of movement are different, however, they certainly relate.  This module of the “Body In Motion” will come up in your Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology exam.  Knowing the difference between axis and planes of movement will be key as you can expect 4 to 6 exam questions around this module.

In this video, I explain the difference between Axis of Movement and Planes of Movement.

If you watch until the end there is another video to help you further, here’s the link if you want to head there now: What are the 3 Anatomical Planes of Movement? 

Learning Point 1: Planes of Movement?

We have three planes of movement:

  • Sagittal
  • Frontal
  • Transverse

Learning Point 2: Axis of Movement?

The Axis of Movement is the invisible straight line that our joints move around.

We also have three of these:

  • Medial-Lateral
  • Anterior-Posterior
  • Longitudinal

Learning Point 3: Do they relate?

What is the difference between the axis of movement and planes of movement?

These do relate to each other!

READ THE FOLLOWING VERY CAREFULLY AND TAKE NOTE.

  • Sagittal Plane movements occur around a Medial-Lateral Axis
  • Frontal Plane movements occur around an Anterior-Posterior Axis
  • Transverse Plane Movements occur around a longitudinal Axis

In summary: Axis and planes of movement are different, however, the certainly relate.  This module of the “Body In Motion” will come up in your Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology exam.  Knowing the difference between axis and planes of movement will be key as you can expect 4 to 6 exam questions around this module.

Test Yourself: Body In Motion L3 A&P Mock Questions below:

[NOTE: The answers are below the 3rd questions]

QUESTION 1: A frontal raise action occurs around what axis of movement?

A. Frontal
B. Anterior-Posterior
C. Sagittal
D. Medial-Lateral

QUESTION 2: All movements that move around a Longitudinal axis of movement, occur in which plane of movement?

A. Transverse
B. Frontal
C. Sagittal
D. Latitudinal

QUESTION 3: Adduction and Abduction of the Hips occur around which axis of movement?

A. Longitudinal
B. Anterior-Posterior
C. Medial-Lateral
D. Sagittal

Mock Question Answers

Q1: D
Q2: A
Q3: B

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