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The skeletal system is made up of 206 bones and provide support, allows for movement and protects the internal organs of the body. Sometimes too much pressure is applied to a bone that results in what is known as a fracture. Fractures are often classified as either open or closed. An open fracture is a fracture where a piece of the broken bone pierces through the skin. This can be dangerous because the bone is exposed increasing the risk of infection. A closed fracture is a fracture where the bone is broken but does not come through the skin. A compression fracture is a closed fracture that occurs when two or more bones are forced against each other. It commonly occurs to bones of the spine and maybe cause by falling into a standing or sitting position or a result of advance osteoporosis. An avulsion fracture is a closed fracture where a piece of bone is broken off by a sudden forceful contraction of a muscle and this type of fracture is common in young athletes and can occur when muscles are not properly stretched before activity. This fracture can also be a result of an injury. An impacted fracture is similar to a compression fracture yet it occurs within the same bone.