The vastus medialis is one of the muscles that makes up the quadriceps femoris, and is contained in the anterior compartment of the thigh. It is responsible for the tear-drop shape that is visible on the medial aspect of the thigh in trained athletes and footballers.
The four muscles that make up the quadriceps femoris are the:
- Rectus femoris
- Vastus lateralis
- Vastus medialis
- Vastus intermedius
Learn more about the muscles of the anterior compartment in this tutorial.
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