The Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons (Lincoln’s Inn Fields) is another museum with a sporty-themed tie-in for the Olympics. The surgical wonderland has a small exhibition devoted to the physiology and anatomy of elite athletes. The show draws on work from the Medical Artists’ Association to show how medicine, surgery and exercise affect the competitor’s body. The artists use watercolour, video and sculpture to represent a various sports and para-sports. A selection of artificial running feet used by paralympians will also be on display.
A series of events support the exhibition. A technology-themed day on 18 August lets you attempt to repair a damaged knee using an arthroscopy training simulator, or check how well you’re walking on a gait analyser. On 19 September, a panel of medical experts discuss techniques to speed an athlete’s recovery from injury.
The Anatomy of an Athlete runs at the Hunterian Museum, 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3PE until 29 September 2012 (open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm). Entrance to exhibition and events is free.