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November 18, 2008

Are You Smarter Than A Fourth Grader?

We were visiting with family this past weekend. My 8-year-old niece is in a science class where they're teaching her a little bit about anatomy. So she wanted to test my knowledge. She'd say the bone and I'd point to it on her body.

We did great with the scapula, the clavicles, the cranium and the patella. She was a little unsure about the names of the femur, tibia, and fibula. Then she pointed to my fingers: I said phalanges. Then she asked about the carpals: okay, wrist bones. Got that one right. Then she said tarsal bones, and I pointed to her foot. She looked at her Mom.

Doh! I realized my mistake. Those are ankle bones! Not the bones to the foot. I must be having a mental block. We're studying gait analysis and the actions of the ankle joints and bones in all of the cardinal planes are a real challenge. This is especially true when you begin to factor those actions at different times in the gait cycle and what they do when they are weight bearing or not. Glad to see that physical therapy school is helping me with my knowledge of basic anatomy! I blaming stress. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!


Posted by linda at November 18, 2008 8:31 AM

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