The popliteus muscle and tendon stabilize the posterolateral corner of the knee and prevent anterior translation, especially during downhill running (Muche). Tearing and inflammation of the popliteus tendon and occurs most commonly in runners that produce oblique lateral rotary stresses to the knee or those who run down hill frequently (Dutton).
- Dutton M. Orthopaedic Examination, Evaluation, and Intervention. 2nd ed: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.; 2008.
- Muche, Julie M.D. Posterior Knee Pain and Its Causes A Clinician’s guide to expediting diagnosis. The Physician and Sportsmedicine: Posterior Knee Pain and Its Causes. Vol 23, No 3, 24 March 04. http://www.ithaca.edu/hshp/ess/AT/Articles%20&%20Documents/SMAT%20Journal%20Articles/LE%20Injuries%20Eval/Posterior%20Knee%20Pain%20and%20Its%20Causes.PDF
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