Anatomical/front view of the knee.
Left view of knee.
Right view of knee.

I chose for my STEAM project to understand the causes of something I struggle with as an athlete, knee pain from overuse. This model is meant to depict and represent all the important muscles and tendons that are involved with a specific kind of knee pain called patella tendonitis. This is characterized by inflammation of the patellar tendon, which connects the patella bone (kneecap) to the tibia. It is very common in athletes who have overworked muscles in the leg. It’s also referred to as jumper’s knee because jumping is an action that can trigger major irritation and pain for an athlete. The anatomy constructed in this model include the femur, tibula/fibula, LCL & MCL, patella bone & tendon, meniscus and the three major quadricep muscles involved with knee extension: vastus medialis, vastus lateralis and rectus formis. The white-out on the middle muscle represents where the rectus formis develops into the patella tendon. Saran wrap surrounds the patella bone to signify that it is embedded into the tendon.

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