Lost in Translation

I suspect we all know by now that Tiger Woods has hurt his leg in a car accident.

We can all wonder at the fact that an accident which a decade ago might have resulted in amputation can now be fixed with metal rods and pins.

What a wondrous opportunity to engage the public in understanding a little more about their bodies.

This was the picture from the British press.


He’s broken his Tibula!

I suppose we shouldn’t be too harsh at least there are two bones in there and they are the correct bones not like this unfortunate runner who is suffering from knee pain, mainly because that is an elbow joint in his leg.


The main bone in the leg is the Tibia. Before you correct me that it is the femur, remember there is a difference between the thigh and the leg.

Tibula was an ancient town in Sardinia according to Goggle but actually the same google search brings up several pictures of legs, an article on orthopaedic surgery and getty images, where a search for tibula will bring up clip art and stock images of leg bones.

Maybe as anatomists we ought to be out there being more vocal and acquainting people with the parts of their bodies.

Author: Anatomy Fundamentals

Janet Philp has spent a lifetime exploring fitness and wellbeing. Starting in group exercise, travelling through rugby to representing the UK at martial arts before including Yoga, meditation, Budokon and personal instruction. Her passion is anatomical function and educating people to use their bodies to their full potential.

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