What’s in a name:
- Tensor (n.) - muscle that stretches or tightens a part, 1704, Modern Latin agent noun from tens-, past participle stem of Latin tendere "to stretch" - Etymology Online
- Fascia (n.) - 1560s, from Latin fascia "a band, bandage, swathe, ribbon," derivative of fascis "bundle" - Etymology Online
- Latae - lateral (adj.) early 15c., from Middle French latéral and directly from Latin lateralis "belonging to the side," from latus (genitive lateris) "side" - Etymology Online
- Tensor Fascia Lata roughly translates to - "Muscle that tenses the lateral fascia"
Look at the layers of the hip and the relationship between gluteus minimus, gluteus medius, and the positioning of tensor fascia lata. -http://thebodykinetic.com/it-band-and-foam-roller/
Tensor Fascia Latae (TFL)
Origin: Just lateral to the attachment of the sartorius from the external lip of the anterior superior iliac spine (ASIS), along the outer surface of the the iliac crest to roughly the mid-axillary line, as well as, the deep surface of the fascia lata (3,8,11).
Insertion: Into the iliotibial band of the fascia lata at the junction of the proximal and middle thirds of the thigh (11). The iliotibial band continues to a complex insertion on the fibular head with fascial slips to Gerdy's tubercle (just inferior to the lateral tibial plateau), the