This week we learned about the dissection of cats. We had to read a packet in preparation of the cat dissection we will be doing later on in the semester. The packet was about the muscle and skeletal system of cats. The different muscles work together to get the cat to move, eat, walk, etc. The skeletal system of the cat supports the animal and gives it a backbone. The muscular system gives the cat strength to stand up on its own and move. Working together, the cat is able to move freely, jump, run, play, etc. I liked reading this article because it explained thoroughly the anatomy of a cat and how the muscles and bones collaborated to help the cat survive and live. There are different types of muscles that have different “jobs” to do. An example of one of these muscles is the strap muscle. This muscle is a part of the neck and helps us, and cats/other animals, to move.
The packet gave us instructions for the lab. It wrote about how we have to skin the cat, what we do, etc. We have to dissect the muscles and learn about the muscles and the muscle fibers. During the lab, we go through the different types of muscles. For example, the neck and back muscles. There were different diagrams of the different systems of the cat anatomy. Respitory and digestive systems were some of these.
We also learned about ACL tears in women. An ACL can be torn by landing wrong, or stopping short and turning. Women are more likely to tear their ACL’s because of how we land, on the balls of our feet. This can happen because of a contact sport, but it mainly happens in non-contact sports. To treat an ACL tear, you have to go though surgery, and stay off of that leg for months. After the surgery, and resting your leg, you have to go through physical therapy. Therapy can last from six to twelve months.
While learning about ACL tears, we met with Coach Christina. We sat in her training room during class and she explained parts of the knee. She went over the article we were supposed to read to prepare for that class. She would ask questions about the paper, and we would call out the answer. Coach Christina has an model of the knee, with ligaments, bones, and muscles, etc. She passed around the model and we got to lay with it to see how it bends and moves. I really liked this class because we got a hands on experience of the knee. I liked the model because I learned more about the knee that way.