I am so uncoordinated that I am even able to injure myself in individual sports. Here’s the damage from falling off my bike while traveling at 0 MPH. #fail
As a heme biologist, I would also be remiss not to point out what bruises actually are. When blood vessels break under the skin your red blood cells are released and break open, releasing hemoglobin. This makes a dark purple color. The heme molecule bound to hemoglobin is degraded by an enzyme to make biliverdin, which is green. Biliverdin is broken down in a second reaction to make bilirubin, which is yellow. I think I got a little bit of all of the above. Here’s to the first bit o’ science on the blog!
Linking up with Cari for Theme Thursday: Sports.