Section 4 - Muscles and Movements

Ankle Plantar-Flexors (Calves)

Figure 1. Ankle Plantar-Flexors

The Ankle Plantar-Flexors are located in the posterior leg region of the body. They are commonly called Calf Muscles. Their names are:

1) Gastrocnemius
2) Soleus
3) Plantaris

These muscles are shown in figure 1. above.

The Ankle Plantar-Flexors main function is to plantarflex the ankle. This occurs during jumping, running and walking. This is illustrated in Figures 2a and 2b.

Figure 2a.

Neutral Position

Figure 2b.

Plantarflexed Ankles


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