Muscle Atlas

Biceps Femoris – Short Head

Origin: Lateral lip of linea aspera, lateral supracondylar ridge of femur, and lateral intermuscular septum of thigh
Insertion: Primarily on fibular head; also on lateral collateral ligament and lateral tibial condyle
Action: Flexes the knee, and also rotates the tibia laterally; long head also extends the hip joint
Innervation: Common peroneal nerve
Arterial Supply: Perforating branches of profunda femoris artery, inferior gluteal artery, and the superior muscular branches of popliteal artery

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