This semester we are working on our DAP project, we first began by choosing our team. Then we where introduced to our costumers which where roller derby players. Each team was able to decide which part of the body they wanted to protect, and the derby pro decided to do the ankle.
Before we could do anything, we needed to learn more about our body part, so we where told to dissect a chickens foot since it is similar to our own. During this activity we got to see many features like the tissues (skin, fat, muscle, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, bones) and how they all work together.
The next task we where given was to build a model of the ankle and the tendons, ligaments, and other muscles that make up the ankle. To do this we used Magic Model, PVC pipes, foil, and pipe cleaners.we build our model out of PVC pipe and wood to build the two longest bones which are the tibia and the fibula. We also used magic model to make the smaller bones such as he talus and many more, pipe cleaners were also used to make the tendons, ligaments, and some of the muscles.
Now that we finished learning what we are dealing with, we where told to wear a brace that would protect the ankle. This way when it came to building our own we knew what our protector should include and what it shouldn’t. After each group Member was given a hole day to try the brace, we filled out a Preliminary Needs Matrix so we could include what we liked of the model, what we didn’t like, and how we would change or improve it.
After given feed back by Ms. Miesner we where able to improve our thinking of what we would add or improve of the brace. Now we have split up the work and are finishing up our interview questions and starting on our research so we can make a good ankle protection for our costumer.