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Muscle Chart Diagrams



MuscleOriginInsertionFunctionLocation

For images of the muscle, click on each link under location.

Abductors (tensor fasciae latae, gluteus medius, gluteus minimus)Ilium FemurBrings hip away from body.Upper leg-
rear of human upper leg
Small Photo: Back of Upper Leg
Adductors (includes madductor longus, adductor brevis, adductor magnus muscles

PubisFemur Brings leg back to and across body.Upper leg-
rear of human upper leg
Small Photo: Back of Upper Leg
Biceps brachi Scapula Radius and ulnaFlexes elbow and moves forearm.Arm-
front view of human arm
Small Photo: Arm Front
BrachialisHumerus and septaCoronoid process and ulna Flexes elbow.Arm-
front view of human arm
Small Photo of Front of the Arm
BrachioradialisHumerus and septumRadiusFlexes and rotates elbow.Arm-
front view of human armSmall Photo: Front of Arm
Deltoid Clavicle, deltoid tuberosity, acromion and scapulaDeltoid tuberosity (humerus) Raises and rotates arm in all directions.Arm-
front view of human arm
Small Photo: Front of the Arm
Erector spinaeSacrum and iliumUpper thoracic vertebraeExtends spine and trunk back.Body-
rear view of human body
Small Photo
Gastrocnemius (calf muscle)
Femur Lower leg - backCalcaneum (by achilles tendon)Raises heal when leg is straight.Lower leg-
rear of human lower leg Small Photo of Lower Leg Back
Gluteus maximusIlium FemurMoves hips forward. Upper leg-
rear of human upper leg Small Photo: Back of Upper Leg
Hamstrings (made of 3 muscles):

1. Biceps femoris
2. Semitendinosus
3.Semimembranosus

1. Ischium
2. Ischium
3. Ischium
1. Fibula and femur
2. Tibia
3. Tibia
1. Bends knee.
2. Bends knee.
3. Bends knee.
Upper leg-
rear of human upper leg Small Photo: Rear of Upper Leg
IliopsoasIlium, sacrum, thoracic and lumbar vertebraeFemurMoves hips backwards.Upper leg-
front of human upper leg
Small Photo of Front of the Upper Leg
Latisimus dorsiLower thoracic, lumbar vertebrae and sacrumHumerusBrings shoulders and arms back to body.Body-
rear view of human body
Small Photo: Back of Body
Pectoralis major and minorSternumHumerusMoves humerus (arm) to chest.Body-
front view of human body Small Photo of Front of the Body
Quadriceps (made of 4 muscles):

1. Rectus femoris
2. Vastus lateralis
3. Vastus medialis
4. Vastus intermediu

1. Ilium
2. Femur
3. Femur
4. Femur
1. Tibia (patella tendon)
2. Tibia (patella tendon)
3. Tibia (patella tendon)
4. Tibia (patella tendon)
1. Extends leg out.
2. Extends knee.
3. Extends knee.
4. Extends knee.
Upper Leg -
front of human upper leg
Small Photo: Upper Leg
Rectus abdominisCostal cartilages, medial inferiorcostalMargin and xiphoidBrings trunk forward, and aids expiration.Body-
front view of human body Small Photo of Front of the Body
RhomboidsUpper thoracic vertebrae ScapulaPulls back scapula (shoulder blades).Body-
rear view of human bodySmall Photo of Back of the Body
Soleus (calf muscles) Tibia and fibula Calcaneum (by Achilles tendon) Raises heal when leg is bent.Lower leg-
front of human lower leg Small Photo: Front of Lower Leg
Tibialis anterior TibiaMetatarsal # 1 (big toe) Raises front of foot.Lower leg-
rear of human lower leg
Small Photo of Back of The Lower Leg
TrapeziusStarts at base of skull. Ends at last thoracic vertebra. Scapula and clavicle elevation. Elevates and lowers pectoral girdle. Also moves scapula towards the spine. Body-
rear view of human body
Small Photo of Back of the Body
Triceps Brachi, scapula and HumerusOlecranon process (elbow)Extends forearm.Arm-
rear view of human arm
Small Photo: Back of the Arm




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