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Semitendinosus Anatomy: Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

Semitendinosus Anatomy

Semitendinosus Muscle

Origin: Posterior surface of the ischial tuberosity, deep to the conjoined tendon of the semitendinosus and the long head of the biceps femoris.
Insertion: Posterior aspect of the medial condyle of tibia, sending fibers into the fascia over popliteal ligament.
Actions: Extension of the thigh at the hip, flexion of the leg at the knee, internal rotation of the knee when the knee is flexed
Innervation: Tibial portion of the sciatic nerve (L5, S1, S2)
Blood Supply: Branches from the internal iliac, popliteal, and profunda femoris arteries.

Primary Actions of the Semitendinosus

1. Extension of the thigh at the hip


  • Gluteus maximus
  • Semimembranosus
  • Biceps femoris (long head)
  • Adductor magnus (posterior)


  • Psoas major
  • Iliacus

2. Flexion of the leg at the knee


  • Biceps femoris
  • Semimembranosus


  • Vastus Lateralis
  • Vastus Medialis
  • Vastus Intermedius
  • Rectus Femoris

Gracilis, sartorius, popliteus, gastrocnemius, and plantaris assist with flexion of the knee
3. Internal rotation of the leg at the knee


  • Semimembranosus
  • Popliteus


  • Biceps Femoris
  • Iliacus

Sartorius and gracilis assist with internal rotation of knee