Rectus Femoris

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Rectus Femoris mm     Rectus Femoris: Origin and Insertion           

Rectus Femoris

Origin: Anterior inferior iliac spine and ilium superior to the acetabulum

Insertion:   Quadriceps tendon onto the base of the patella and onto the tibial tuberosity via the patella tendon.

Actions: Flexes the hip and extends the knee.

Innervation: Femoral nerve (L2-4)

Daily uses: Cycling, walking upstairs.


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Other muscles of the Upper Limb


Origin: Posterior surface of the scapula (below the spine of the scapula)

Insertion: Greater tuberosity on the humerus

Actions: Shoulder abduction, 
External rotation.

Innervation: Suprascapular nerve

Daily uses: Brushing hair.

Teres Minor

Origin: Mid section of the lateral border of the scapula

Insertion: Greater tuberosity on the humerus

Actions:External rotation, 
Shoulder adduction

Innervation: Axillary nerve

Daily uses: Brushing hair


Origin: Supraspinous fossa

Insertion: Greater tuberosity of the humerus

Actions: Abduction 
Stabilisation of the humerus

Innervation: Suprascapular nerve

Daily uses: Holding shopping bags away from the body

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