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Which muscles cross two joints?

A two - joint muscle (or biarticular) is one that crosses two joints . Many are familiar with the rectus femoris as a two - joint hip flexor because it crosses both the hip and knee joint . However, the rectus femoris is not alone in this function. The sartorius and gracilis cross both the hip and knee joints as well.

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In respect to this, which of the following muscles cross two joints?

All three hamstring muscles (except the short head of the biceps femoris) cross two joints – the hip and the knee. They originate at the tuberosity of the ischium (pelvis) and insert on tibia (semitendinosus and semimembranosus) and fibula (biceps femoris long head).

Likewise, what muscles cross both the hip and knee joints? Rectus Femoris. Attachments: Originates from the ilium, just superior to the acetabulum. Actions: The only muscle of the quadriceps to cross both the hip and knee joints . It flexes the thigh at the hip joint , and extends at the knee joint .

Thereof, does the soleus cross two joints?

The gastrocnemius muscle, overlying soleus , has two heads: medial and lateral. These heads join soleus at the tendo-Achilles, distally inserting on the calcaneus. Gastrocnemius crosses two joints , working to plantarflex the ankle and to flex the knee.

What muscles are Biarticular?

A bi-articular muscle is one that crosses two joints. There are, in the legs, three primary muscles that fit the definition bi-articular. They are the rectus femoris at the front of the thighs, the biceps femoris or hamstrings at the back of the thighs, and the gastrocnemius , or calf muscles.

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