5 Things You Should Know About Your Skeleton

1. Based on strength to weight ratio, bone is stronger than steel! One cubic inch of bone can withstand 8626 kg of compressive pressure. However, forces much lower than this are able to break bone depending on the speed of impact and direction of the force applied.

2. Old bone tissue is replaced by new tissue on an ongoing basis. Over a 7 year period, the body grows the equivalent of a new skeleton through this process!

3. The 11th and 12th pairs of ribs (the average person has 12 pairs) are called floating ribs because they only attach to the vertebral column and not the sternum which the other pairs of your ribs are attached to. They don’t actually just float around attached to nothing.

4. The funny bone is not actually a bone. It is a part of the ulnar nerve located at the back of the elbow. A blow to this area causes the tingling sensation that spreads across your forearm. Your reaction to the tingling may cause others to laugh, but it’s actually quite painful!

5. ~99% of all the calcium found in the body is stored in your bones!

Now that you know all this, think about dressing up as a skeleton for halloween. You will be able to start some pretty interesting conversations ;)

Reference:

Bolander RP, Neto OP, Bir CA, The Effects of Height and Distance on the Force Production and Acceleration in Martial Art Strikes, Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 2009, 8(3):47-52.

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Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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