popliteus muscle

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pop·li·te·us mus·cle

(pop-lit'ē-ŭs mŭs'ĕl)
Origin, lateral condyle of femur; insertion, posterior surface of tibia above oblique line; action, from the fully extended and "locked" position, rotates the femur medially, on the fixed (planted) tibial plateau about 5 degrees, "unlocking" the knee to enable flexion to occur; nerve supply, tibial.
Synonym(s): musculus popliteus [TA] , popliteal muscle.

popliteus muscle

A short diagonally placed muscle running from the outer side of the lower end of the thigh bone (femur) to the back of the upper part of the main lower leg bone (TIBIA). It action is to rotate the femur on the tibia, or vice versa.
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The lateral collateral ligament (LCL) was identified and retracted posteriorly, and the popliteal tendon was identified at its femoral insertion.
In addition, if symptomatic, the popliteal tendon and the region of its femoral attachment may be tender when palpated.
Potential pain generating structures such as the lateral collateral ligament, lateral meniscus, bursae and the joint capsule should also be considered when attempting to palpate the popliteal tendon near its femoral insertion.
The tackle may have been over in an instant but the damage it caused is still being repaired as the player's lateral ligament snapped, anterior cruciate was damaged and popliteal tendon was torn and displaced.