Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl?

Todays blog is light and fun...........and could make you look really clever in the right circumstances 😃.

Whilst our wonderful clients are having a treatment we frequently get asked all sorts of questions about our work: "How do you remember all those muscles" , "What did you have to do to train?", "What is a Bosu 🤔?".

But today I was asked a question I had not heard for a long time: "Is your skeleton male or female?" They were of course referring to 'Sid', our life size skeleton. "Well his name is Sid" I replied. "But how did you know he was a male skeleton in the first place?" asked my client.

Well, everybody, let me explain and you never know this could come up in the pub quiz tomorrow 🙂!

There are many ways we can tell. Men tend to have longer bones, larger jaws, a smaller pelvis and a smaller Q angle at the knee, but hang on............ we need to have a female skeleton to compare to or we have no frame of reference.

So, how do we know the difference when we only have the one skeleton to look at?

Well, let's look at the shape of the pelvis, in particular the pubic arch. This one of the most useful identifiers of whether a skeleton is male or female.

The following link will show you which part of the pelvis we are referring to and has a great picture of the two different shapes:

In males the pubic arch is is less rounded, it has a V shape to it and the angle of the two bones is generally less than 90 degrees. In a female it has a much more rounded appearance and the bones are generally at an angle of more than 90 degrees. Once you have seen the picture you wont need to think angles, you will see how clear cut it is.

So there you go, get down to that pub quiz and keep your fingers crossed 😉


Gina Reinge : 07782 212183

Ian Reinge : 07917 301410

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Unit 3 HarbourMead,

Harbour Road Trading Estate.

Harbour Road,


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56-58 Warwick Rd,

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