Our bodies bare 12 pairs of ribs, out of the 12 there are three different types these are called: Floating ribs, false ribs and true ribs. Our ribs are attached to our spine however the top seven pairs of ribs (True ribs) are connected to our sternum. The following three ribs below the true ribs are called ‘false ribs’ these are not attached to the sternum but attached to the lowest ‘true rib’ the final two pairs of ribs are called ‘floating ribs’ these are attached to the spine. The ribs are very fragile bones despite their main role being to protect our vital organs. Ribs can be very easily broken, not only through trauma, it has been known for ribs to be broken even from violent coughing/ sneezing. Broken ribs can potentially be very dangerous as there poses a risk of it potentially piercing the lung or heart. There are multiple gaps between the ribs, they have a thin layer of muscle in which helps to both expand and relax the chest during breathing, surprisingly breathing over the period of the year your ribs move about 5 million times.