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In our Roman LEGends, you'll meet a tribe of lion-taming Gladiators and families of warring rivalries - all at the mercy of Jupiter, God of Thunder, and his innervating wrath!
Head down to the drama in the lower extremities with this superior way to memorize the leg, gluteal, and femoral regions. Here you'll find familiar storylines that activate the brain with mental hooks for easy memory retrieval of vocabulary, location, innervations, and more of all the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, arteries, and veins.
As first-year medical students, you're tasked with memorizing anatomy in a short time frame. So, wouldn't it be ideal if you had a time-saving brain hack that improves retention AND is more entertaining than typical rote-memorization techniques?
With Anatomy Land you'll memorize all the anatomical parts of the leg with a fun and historical twist!
After all, who could forget something as LEGendary as the Roman Empire?
Especially when there's drama a-foot!
Meet the Feuding Family Members in Crusal Crura!
Remember the fun-themed stories and memorable characters roaming the Haunted Arm Farm? Well, in Crusal Crura, there are new punny mnemonics to help you memorize the different muscles, arteries, veins, nerves, innervations, structures, ligaments, and clinical correlations found in the Anterior Compartment of the leg.
Let's dive straight into the drama...
The once peaceful village of Crusal Crura (which is the Latin term for 'Leg of Legs') is now divided by the long-standing feud between the two most prominent families: the Dorsiques family, who control the Anterior District, and the two branches of the Plantarlet family, that rule the Lateral and Posterior Districts.
If this wasn't enough tantalizing tension, there's an inter-familial drama to uncover in the Anterior Compartment of the Anatomical Leg Muscle...
Without further ado, let us introduce you to the head of the Dorsiques family and meet the majestic matriarch, Lady Tibiantis. 👋
Lady Tibiantis is the proud head of the Dorsiques family and the Anterior District of Crusal Crura. She enjoys celebrating her Australian heritage alongside her Libyan villagers. However, Lady Tibiantis knows she must always protect herself with armor, ready to battle her rivals.
Lady Tibiantis represents the Tibial Anterior muscle. This is part of the same muscle group in the Anterior Compartment of the Anatomical Leg that dorsi flex the foot at the ankle. The Tibial Anterior originates from the Lateral Condyle of the Tibia and the Interosseous Membrane.
There are more characters, including Rado and Alma, the sibling sorcerers, who represent the Flexor Carpi Radialis and the Flexor Carpi Ulnaris muscles respectively. (They’re magical and mischievous!)
See ALL Characters Involved in the Roman Empire Dramas...
Take a closer look at what you will have memorized after you've visited the LEGendary village of Crusal Crura as more dramas unfold,
The Gluteal Region
Superficial Muscle and Deep Muscle Grouping
Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius, Gluteus Minimus, Tensor Fasciae Latae, Piriformis, Superior Gemellus, Obturator Internus, Inferior Gemellus, Quadratus Femoris.
Superior and Inferior Gluteal Arteries, Internal Pudendal Artery, Medial Femoral Circumflex Artery, and Obturator Artery.
Superior and Inferior Gluteal Veins.
Inferior and Superior Gluteal Nerves, Nerve to Piriformi, Nerve to Obturator Interns, and Nerve to Quadratus Femoris.
The Femoral Region
Anterior Compartment Non-Quads, Anterior Compartment Quads, Medial Compartment, and Posterior Compartment
Sartorius, Iliopsoas, Iliacus and Psoas Major, Rectus Femoris, Vastus Lateralis, Vastus Intermedius, and Vastus Medialis, Obturator Externus, Pectineus, ADductor Brevis, ADductor Longus, ADductor Magnus, Pectineus and Gracilis, and Hamstrings: Semiteninosus, Semimembranosus, and Biceps Femoris.
Iliolumbar Artery, External Iliac Artery, Obturator Artery, Femoral Artery, and Deep Femoral Artery, Obturator Artery, Medial Circumflex Femoral Artery, and Profunda Femoris (or Deep Femoral) Artery, Inferior Gluteal Artery, Medial Circumflex Femoral Artery, and Deep Femoral Artery.
Femoral Vein and Deep Femoral Vein, Medial Circumflex Femoral Vein, and Inferior Gluteal Veins.
Nerves and Innervations
Femoral Nerve L2-L4, Lumbar Spinal Nerves L1-L3, Obturator Nerve, Femoral Nerve, and Tibial Division of the Sciatic Nerve, Sciatic Nerve, and Common Fibular Division of Sciatic Nerve.
Quadriceps Tendon, Patella Bone, Patellar Fibular Collateral, Tibial Collateral, Oblique Popliteal Ligament, Arcuate Popliteal Ligament.
Anterior Cruciate, Posterior Cruciate, Transverse Ligaments, Lateral Meniscus, Medial Meniscus.
Femoral Artery, Popliteal Artery, Anterior Tibial Artery.
Anterior Compartment, Lateral Compartment, and Posterior Compartment Deep Muscle Grouping
Tibialis Anterior, Extensor Hallucis Longus, Extensor Digitorum Longus, and Peroneus (Fibularis) Tertius, Peroneus (Fibularis) Longus, and Peroneus (Fibularis) Brevis, Popliteus, Flexor Hallucis Longus, Flexor Digitorum Longus, and Tibialis Posterior.
Anterior Tibial Artery, Perforating Branches of the Peroneal (Fibular) Artery, and Anterior Tibial Artery, Inferior Medial Genicular Artery, Inferior Lateral Genicular Artery, Posterior Tibial Artery, and Peroneal (Fibular) Artery.
Anterior Tibial Veins, Fibular Veins, Posterior Tibial Vein, Inferior Medial Genicular Vein, and Inferior Lateral Genicular Vein.
Deep Peroneal (Fibular) Nerve, Superficial Peroneal (Fibular) Nerve, and Tibial Nerve.
Lateral Collateral Ligament, Anterior Talofibular Ligament, Calcaneofibular Ligament, Posterior Talofibular Ligament, Medial Collateral (Deltoid) Ligament, Anterior Tibiotalar Ligament, Tibionavicular Ligament, Tibiocalcaneal Ligament, Posterior Tibiotalar Ligament.
Ankle Sprain and Ankle Fracture.
Anatomical and Clinical Correlations
ABductor Hallucis, ABductor Digiti Minimi, Flexor Digitorum Brevis, Quadratus Plantae, Flexor Digitorum Longus, and Four Lumbrical Muscles, Flexor Hallucis Brevis, ADductor Hallucis, Flexor Digiti Minimi Brevis, Plantar Interossei, Dorsal Interossei, Extensor Hallucis Brevis and Extensor Digitorum Brevis.
Medial Plantar, Lateral Plantar, and Dorsalis Pedis Arteries.
Medial Plantar, Lateral Plantar, and Deep Peroneal (Fibular) Nerves.
Plantar Reflex Test, Plantar Fasciitis, and Gout.
The Vasculature and Nerves
Common Iliac Artery, Internal Iliac Artery, External Iliac Artery, Obturator Artery, Inferior Gluteal Artery, Iliolumbar Artery, Superior Gluteal Artery, Femoral Artery, Profunda Femoris (aka the Deep Femoral Artery), Medial Circumflex Artery, Perforating Branches 1-3, Popliteal Artery, Anterior Tibial Artery, Posterior Tibial Artery, Peroneal (or Fibular) Artery, Lateral Plantar Artery, Medial Plantar Artery, Dorsalis Pedis (aka the Dorsal Artery of the Foot).
Common Iliac Vein, Internal Iliac Vein, External Iliac Vein, Femoral Vein, Popliteal Vein, Anterior Tibial Vein, Posterior Tibial Vein, Peroneal (or Fibular) Vein, Greater Saphenous Vein, Lesser Saphenous Vein.
L2-L4 Spinal Segments, L4-S3 Spinal Segments, Femoral Nerve, Saphenous Nerve, Obturator Nerve, Sciatic Nerve, Nerve of Obturator Internus, Nerve to Quadratus Femoris, Common Peroneal (or Fibular) Nerve, Deep Peroneal (or Fibular) Nerve, Superficial Peroneal (or Fibular) Nerve, Sural Nerve, Tibial Nerve, Lateral Plantar Nerve, Medial Plantar Nerve.
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Just like any HBO drama, the Roman LEGends region of Anatomy Land is full of compelling narratives.
You'll never forget how the anatomical leg is divided into three osteofascial compartments after watching the origin story of this LEGendary family feud unfold before your eyes... Or that pear brooch lightning bolts, powered by the mighty Jupiter, God of Thunder, represent the nerve innervations of the Anterior Compartment Muscles.
And it's these colorful characters and their scintillating stories that make memorizing different parts of the leg, what they do, where they’re located, AND what they’re connected to so much more interesting.
Go through the digital memorization cards after each video to make learning anatomy even more memorable.
Each card help you recall why they're holding that object in their right hand, what the color of their clothes means, how they're connected to other characters, etc.
Here's an example of why Lady Tibiantis holds the Libyan flag with a light blue anaconda coiled around it in her right hand:
Mnemonic characters, like the Dorsiques family, and their stories are told through animation, narration and captions - all part of Anatomy Land's unique, multi-sensory storytelling technique.
Like the lateralization of brain function (right vs. left brain), you'll see the visual story unfolding on the right-hand-side of the screen (creative), and the anatomical drawings simultaneously displayed on the left-hand-side of the screen (analytical).
With the visual story, anatomical context, and aural effects combined, you'll speed up your memorization and retention of the human anatomy x3!
"... the stories are easy to remember but what I like most is how I can see the anatomical location and action on the same screen, clearly tying the mnemonic story to reality. That's a memory trigger that works for me." - Skye V. MS1
Get a LEG Up...
There are 10 muscle groups, 7 arteries, 5 veins, and 3 innervations in the anatomical leg alone. This is a great methodical mindset to get into when memorizing the anatomy of the leg - break it down ONE part at a time.
1. Memorize it. Dedicate your study sessions to each bitesize section by breaking them down into the 7 sections above to memorize: the Gluteal Region, Femoral Region, Knee, Anatomical Leg, Ankle, Foot, and Vasculature and Nerves.
2. Master it. Watch the videos, use the Character and Memorization Cards, and take the Quiz after each section.
3. Move on. When you're feeling confident, move onto the next section of the leg... and then the next area of Anatomy Land!
Mmm, sounds great, right? "Mmm", exactly!
Mmm = MMM = Memorize, Master, Move on.
Here's another top tip to make anatomy memorization memorable AND fun during your MS1 year...
Make study pleasurable. Well, at least enjoyable.
Not all study has to be boring. There are ways you can gamify your studies.
One technique is to reward yourself with 10-minutes of Youtube, social media, or video game time for every hour you diligently study.
A better technique to use–since it is pretty challenging to be studying all the time– is to find study aid videos that can be entertaining and will help you retain information without having to put in that extra studying effort.
Learn 7 More Practices for MS1s to Start a Strong First Year in Medical School
It's how learning anatomy should be: fast and fun.
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