**OPEN ACCESS** Understanding THE RECTUS FEMORIS: ANATOMY, DIAGNOSIS & TYPES OF INJURY
Carles Pedret, Inigo Iriarte, Sandra Mecho
Rectus Femoris anatomy
The rectus femoris is a long and fusiform muscle that is part of the femoral quadriceps group. It is located at the most superficial and anterior position. It is the only one that crosses two joints (hip and knee) and has a high proportion of type II muscle fibers, both of which are related to a greater tendency to injure1. The distribution of the muscular and connective components of the rectus femoris is key to understand its injuries and will be reviewed here.
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