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Functional Anatomy of the Hamstrings and Quadriceps

Abstract

The hamstring and quadriceps muscle complexes are commonly injured in athletes of all skill levels. Arriving at the correct diagnosis and rendering the appropriate treatment are predicated upon fundamental knowledge of the gross and functional anatomy of the hamstring and quadriceps complexes. The purpose of this chapter is to outline the anatomy of the anterior and posterior thigh musculature. The structure, function, and biomechanics of the three muscles of the hamstring and four muscles of the quadriceps will be discussed in detail. In addition to reviewing the normal anatomy, the most common pathologic conditions will be introduced so that the pathophysiology and treatment of these injuries can be discussed in greater detail in later chapters.

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Kopydlowski, N.J., Weber, A.E., Sekiya, J.K. (2014). Functional Anatomy of the Hamstrings and Quadriceps. In: Kaeding, C., Borchers, J. (eds) Hamstring and Quadriceps Injuries in Athletes. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-7510-2_1

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