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SPORTS ANATOMY LESSON #3

Knee Extensors: The Quadriceps Muscles 
 
The quadriceps muscle is a group of four muscles located in the anterior thigh on both sides of the body.  Their names are: 1) Vastus Rectus (a.k.a. Rectus Femoris), 2) Vastus Medialis, 3) Vastus Lateralis, and 4) Vastus Intermedialis.  These muscles are shown in Figure 1 below:

Quadriceps Muscles

Figure 1.  The Quadriceps Muscles.


INNERVATION (NERVE SUPPLY)

The nerve supply to the quadriceps muscles is supplied by the the femoral nerve .    See Figure 2:

Figure 2. LumboSacral Plexus showing the Femoral Nerve.

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Function

The quadriceps main function is to extend the leg at the knee.  This occurs during activities such as running, jumping, kicking and walking.  This is illustrated in Figure 3 below:

Figure 3. Leg extended at the knee.
Muscles involved:  R-Vastus Rectus, R-Vastus Medialis,
 R-Vastus Lateralis, and R-Vastus Intermedialis




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