What are the 5 major functions of the skeletal system?
Support, protection to soft tissues, movement, production of blood cells and mineral homeostasis are the major functions of the skeletal system.
Bones of the skeletal system provide structural support to the entire human body
Most of the soft tissues of the body are protected by bony structures e.g.
Rib cage protects the heart and lungs .
Skull protects the brain .
Bones attached to muscles , together bring about voluntary movements of the various body parts.
Production of blood cells:
Blood cells are produced in the bone marrow ( present in the long bones )
Bones store Calcium and Phosphorous . These minerals are released into the blood stream when needed by the body.