Quite a lot of students did projects on blunt trauma. Most of them also included hilarious pictures of themselves actually enjoying creating their final project. So here's a summary of what they turned in.
1. Joe and Pete, my two rather imposing football players, used lower leg and foot bones of a pig that Joe had kept remains of in his freezer (why, I don't know). I knew it was going to be an interesting couple of reports when their presentation last week started off with a slide that said, simply, "One 45-lb piglet was severely harmed in the making of this project. Rest assured, he was delicious."
2. Kelly and Ciara also procured some pig parts and inflicted trauma on them with a hammer, a rubber mallet, an iron wrench, and a 2x4. They got ultra-fresh legs that apparently bled when they whacked them. Their pictures aren't great, but I did very much enjoy this photo of Kelly pretending to eat it after traumatizing it. The wrench caused a complete fracture of the femur they had (which honestly looks like an os coxae - I'm not convinced the butchers at the meat market know the difference between the two bones of the hip joint), while the mallet simply caused a dent, and the 2x4 and hammer caused small fractures and some radiating fracture lines from the point of impact.