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Vastus Lateralis Muscle

Vastus Lateralis is the most lateral (outside) of the four quadriceps muscles. It is thought to be a major contributor to patella tracking injuries.

Origin

  • Outer surface of the greater trochanter of the femur
  • Upper half of the linea aspera

Insertion

  • Patella via the quadriceps tendon and then the tibial tuberosity via the patella tendon

Actions

  • Knee extension

Innervation

  • Femoral nerve

Daily uses

  • Cycling
  • Walking up stairs

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Vastus Lateralis

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