Rectus femoris of the quadriceps

rectus femoris of the quadriceps

The rectus femoris is located to the centre of the thigh, and is one of the four muscles which collectively compose the quadriceps.

As with the other quadriceps muscles, the rectus femoris is actively engaged during the extension of the knee. The muscle can therefore be targeted with squat variations, as well leg extensions.

Strong quadriceps are not only important to improve performance for athletes and sportspeople, but are also vital for taking stress away from the knee joint during sporting activities.


Other names

  • Quads
  • Thigh
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