Strenuous overuse of muscles and tendons attached to the elbow can cause a painful condition known as tennis elbow. When the muscles and tendons are strained, they tear and cause inflammation as a result of repeated stress on the joint. Commonly found in tennis players, hence the name, it can also be the result of other repetitive activities.
The condition can resolve itself without treatment, however this can take many months, or even as much as a year.
Current techniques have adopted a method of gently heating and cooling the affected area but this can be quite inconvenient for people at work when a pad is required to cool in a fridge for a period and then a second pad heated.
The aim is to develop a prototype that can cycle hot and cold temperatures to the affected area, potentially by thermoelectric (Peltier) cooling.
MIAT is working with Midhurst College, and has presented this issue as an extra-curricular project to some of its students under the Engineering Education Scheme. They will receive an EED national certificate on successful completion of the programme, a Duke of Edinburgh skills certificate, and also have the opportunity to compete for a British Association CREST award.
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