This chapter will review anatomical systems surrounding the breasts. Common considerations for designers and engineers when innovating products for the breasts will also be reviewed, along with an example student project.
SECTION 1 - ANATOMICAL SYSTEMS
Overview of the skeletal, muscular & nervous systems related to the breasts.
Breasts in Proximity to Skeletal System
Modified from LaBat & Ryan, Figure C.1
Superficial Muscular System Underlying Breasts
Modified from LaBat & Ryan, Figure 4.23
Nervous System Related to the Breasts
LaBat & Sokolowski, Figure 001
SECTION 2 - DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
When designing products that are worn around the breasts, it is important to consider how the anatomical systems move.
Temporal - 3D Breast Motion While Jogging in Minimally Supportive Bra
LaBat & Ryan, Figure 4.35
Sternoclavicular Joint Protraction/Retraction Motion with Muscles & Transverse Sections
LaBat & Ryan, Figure 4.36
SECTION 3 - KNOWLEDGE IN PRACTICE
With this information in mind, let's take a look at a product designed for the breasts.
The goal of rhythem is to provide trans and non-binary (TNB) athletes with gender affirming garments that alleviate feelings of dysphoria and increase their ability to breathe and move.
Skeletal, muscular, and integumentary systems
Study of the specific needs of trans masculine dancers.
Understanding the use of binders for trans and non-binary athletes.
Interview and consult with trans and non-binary athletes.
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