Protects and supports organs: Your skull shields your brain, your ribs protect your heart and lungs, and your backbone protects your spine.
How does the skeleton protect vital organs?
Bones also protect internal organs from injury by covering or surrounding them. For example, your ribs protect your lungs and heart, the bones of your vertebral column (spine) protect your spinal cord, and the bones of your cranium (skull) protect your brain ((Figure)).
What type of bone serves to protect organs?
Flat bones often serve to protect your internal organs. Think of how your cranial bones tightly surround your brain. Flat bones can also serve as points of attachment for your muscles. Your shoulder bone is a good example of this.
Which bones protect the lungs?
The ribs are connected to the sternum with a strong, somewhat flexible material called cartilage. The rib cage help protects the organs in the chest, such as the heart and lungs, from damage.
Is the heart protected by a bony structure?
The sternum, or breastbone, is a long flat bone in the center of the chest. It protects the heart and also serves as the connection point for the costal cartilage.
How do bones and muscles work together?
Tendons attach muscles to bones. The tendon pulls the bone, making it move. To relax the muscle, your nervous system sends another message. It triggers the muscles to relax or deactivate.