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Hip Stars

Scientists at the University of Oxford are investigating the link between sporting activity in young people and the development of osteoarthritis. In very active people, bony lesions can form on the hip joint which increases their risk of developing the condition.

In this activity students apply what they know about the structure of joints to build a working model of the hip joint from a range of different materials. After evaluating their model, they go on to use it to suggest why the bony lesions can lead to osteoarthritis.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students can describe the role of joints, cartilage and ligaments

  • Students can design, build and evaluate a model

  • Students can use a model of the hips to suggest how bony lesions on the hip (FAI - femoroacetabular impingement) can cause osteoarthritis


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