How and why would this muscle become inhibited. Also, how do you reactivate it?
I recently noticed that many other people have a V like shape of there quad near the knee. I can see my VMO pretty well, but the lateral Muscle is almost non existant.
I suspect this is in part causing my knee trouble
Also, what are those machines called that have little pads that stimulate your muscles with electricity called? :D[/quote]
EMS, but they aren’t designed to stimulate individual muscles within a muscle group (such as the vastus lateralis) atleast I haven’t seen a program for them. They are also pricey as hell (don’t look at the ones for 100, ones with enough frequency and power will cost you a pretty penny).\
It is possible however that you have a medial rotation in your knee (they point in maybe?). From a leverage point I think that that would place more empahsis on the Vastus Intermedials and medialis, and of couse the rectus femuris as well, instead of leveraging itself out proportionately. Again I can’t make any conclusions without seeing pictures.
Finally, maybe you just aren’t genetically predispossed to have a large Lateral head? I don’t want to act like I know enough about genetics, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t be possible.