Functions of the Skeletal System
SUPPORT: provide structural framework for soft tissues and attachment points for tendons
PROTECTION : protect internal organs
ASSISTANCE IN MOVEMENT: provide attachment for skeletal muscles which contract to produce movement
MINERAL HOMEOSTASIS: bone acts as a reservoir for various minerals and is vital in maintaining critical mineral balances
BLOOD CELL PRODUCTION: red bone marrow produces erythrocytes, leukocytes and platlets by a process called haemopoiesis.
TRIGLYCERIDE STORAGE: in adults yellow bone marrow consists of adipocytes