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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Technical Tuesday Tibia

Technical Tuesday Tibia

The tibia, located in the lower front portion of the leg, is commonly called the shinbone. It is the second largest bone in the body. There is another smaller bone next to it, the fibula, or calf bone. Together, these two bones work to stabilize the ankle and the knee and support for the muscles of the lower leg. Because the tibia is the larger of the two bones, it carries more of the body weight.

The tibia is the most commonly fractured long bone in the body, but that being said, it takes a great deal of force to break it, and so it doesn’t happen frequently in dancers. If a fracture does occur, there are usually other injuries that happen at the same time. Not good.

When dancers injure this area it often happens in the wings of a theatre when, during an exit, their lower leg accidentally hits the bottom part of a lighting tree – these pieces of apparatus are called “shin-kickers” for a reason.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Anatomical Secret #25j:  
The tibia (shinbone) is the most commonly fractured long bone in the body.”

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