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Vastus Lateralis

Vastus Lateralis is the most lateral (outer) of the four quadriceps muscles and is felt on the outside top of the thigh.


  • Outer surface of the greater trochanter of the femur.
  • Upper half of the linea aspera.


  • Patella via the quadriceps tendon and then the tibial tuberosity via the patella tendon.


  • Knee extension.


  • Femoral nerve.

Daily uses

  • Cycling.
  • Walking up stairs.

Example strengthening exercises

Example stretches