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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science students have been making models of the structure of a skeletal muscle. The models will be used in their assessments when students complete a presentation on the muscular system.

The students are required to understand the structure of a skeletal muscle and be able to explain the components and relate this to how a muscle contracts when initiated by a motor neurone.

Paul Brown, Lecturer in Sport and Public Services, said: “An image or video clip is great to see the structure of a skeletal muscle, however, to actually make one and see the structure for themselves really helps the students learn all of the components. The students made some excellent models and their knowledge certainly developed throughout the session.”

Ben Milford, who is studying Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science, added: “It was good fun creating the muscle models and it helped me learn the structure and all the different names of all the components. The terms epimysium, perimysium and endomysium were tough to get my head round at the start of the session, but at the end I knew them all.”

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