What are the two main functions of the skeletal system?
The skeletal system is one of those things people don’t typically think about until something goes awry- like when your lovable pooch jumps off a couch and breaks his leg, or when that dude in Speedo who’s trying to look cool on a skateboard takes a tumble. However, bones do much more than create painful situations for us (and comedy gold for others). In this article, we’ll explore the two primary functions of our skeletal system.
One critical role our skeletons play is providing support for our bodies. Our bones give us structure and shape so that we can stand upright, move around freely- and most importantly – ninja roll out of danger like Hollywood action stars(stunt doubles excluded).
Our skeleton serves as an anchor point for other essential systems within our body such as our circulatory system wherein bone marrow produces red blood cells & platelets while filtering out toxins; thereby keeping them at bay—just like Iron Man’s chest piece(keeping shrapnel away AND producing arc reactor energy)
Without proper structural support from healthy bones, we would be forced to crawl through life rather than strut confidently with pride. That’d just feel weird… unless you were dressing up as one of Oogie Boogies’ minions from “A Nightmare Before Christmas” (admittedly it could help bring your cosplay game onpoint).
How Skeletal System Supports Body Weight
Every step you take; every breath you make,(yep… sorry not sorry! Song stuck in everyone’s head?), involves supporting the weight of your body using well-designed architecture made possible by combinations uniquely identifiable shape/size/density/growth plates between various bones supported by articular cartilage layers resulting in smooth friction-free movement.
Your vertebral column runs down your back offering both strength/stability/flexibility necessary challenging up and down motion like a ballet dancer jumping, or even everyday activities such as reaching for the cookie jar is in the upper cabinet (who grabbed all those Thin Mints?). Furthermore, your limbs have both long (femur/tibia/fibula) and short bone structures that allow them to work together as an efficient force-transmission system facilitating walking/running/jumping.
Besides offering structural support, our bones also serve another critical function of protecting various organs against damage from external forces. Bones guard our vital organs more than Kevin Costner’s character in “The Bodyguard” guarded Whitney Houston(Why must good people die young?)
Bones ‘Shield’ Vital Organs
Your cranium safeguards perhaps the most important organ of all – Your brain. It contains ~100 billion neurons/exquisitely-tuned synapses running them along its neural pathways which function optimally only when free from harm!
Not far behind are your ribcage and sternum safeguarding (also known as The Thoracic Cage…yep fancy name!!!). Assures smooth beating rhythm of your heart & lungs expanding irreverently during respiration—avoiding injury through friction/repetitive motions while ensuring complete oxygen delivery occurs without complications or compromise.
Further downstream, spine vertebrae encircle spinal cords; imagine HDD around CPU fan motor- similar to this – ensuring stability with flexible maneuverability for optimal ergonomic positions/getting daily tasks done
Finally, ‘so-called Pelvis,’ obturator foramen(pudendal nerve pass-through in ladies)/iliac crests/acetabulum come into play during childbirth lady pelvis split into two portions namely separated by sacrum canals allowing fetus coming safely-vaginally coz Lady Skeletons need extra fortifying support (#girlpower choices)
Bones Armor Exporting Importance Objects Too!
Of course one cannot forget flexor digitorum profundus (say that ten times fast) safeguarding our fingers and toes when a door slams or heavy object falls unexpectedly.
Bones guard much more than organs(organ not just musica)…think of them as your personal Fortress making activities/participating in sports anything less dangerous. Now, don’t forget the role minerals/vitamins like calcium play in maintaining bone thickness/density/cohesiveness/elasticity essential for proper functioning throughout life without bones- we would have nothing to stand on,the streets wouldn’t be so lively w/o those roller skates turning into crappy unicycles/pogo sticks/weird rolling chairs 🤦♀️… Let’s face it: Bones rock(pun intended)