The ÒCrosstown Splint-OffÓ: A Friendly Competition to Improve the Confidence of Students Working with Splint Materials

Purpose : To provide a fun learning activity in which students build a sculpture using various splint materials and gain practical knowledge of the properties of the materials while increasing their confidence in working with them.Description : The ÒCross Town Splint-OffÓ is a friendly competition between students from two PT programs and one OT program in the same city. The students work in teams of 3-4 to make a Òsplint sculptureÓ that illustrates the assigned theme. The theme this year was: Òa current or emerging area of practice in OT or PTÓ. Students must follow specific guidelines when building the sculptures. Three splint materials must be used and no more than four non-splint components. Guidelines also define elements that must be included in the sculpture including square edges and a cylinder or curved structure. The sculpture must also demonstrate draping and bonding of the material. Teams have three weeks to research the theme and build the sculpture. Prior to building the sculptures, students in each program receive a lecture followed by a lab session on the general properties of various splint materials. The lecture is delivered by the OT who developed the concept of the Òsplint-offÓ. She is a certified hand therapist with 28 years of experience. A second lecture/ lab on splint types and purposes is delivered by the same OT. Students in one PT program received both lectures/labs on the same day while students in the other PT program and the OT program received the first lecture/lab, then completed their sculptures and received the second lecture/lab at a later date. The Òsplint-offÓ competition is held at a local hand clinic. The sculptures are displayed along with the name of the sculpture. Each team presents their sculpture, describing how it addresses the theme and meets all required components. Each team member states what they learned in the process. Sculptures are judged by two faculty members from each school, two hand therapists and two invited guests such as a physician and hospital administrator. The winning team has the honor of taking the "Cross Town Splint Off" trophy to their home institution until the following year.Summary of Use : The lectures/labs and the splint off competition have been successfully incorporated in the curricula of the participating programs. Informal student feedback indicates that participating in this activity allowed the students to increase their knowledge of splint materials and their uses and increased student confidence in working with the materials. In addition, the students enjoyed the competition and found it a fun way to learn. Due to participation of both OT and PT students, a secondary benefit was increased student knowledge of the fields. The competition also provided an opportunity for interaction among the students.Importance to Members: This is a unique learning activity that can be easily replicated by other programs. In addition, this may encourage the development of similar activities that can be used to promote learning of other specific skills.

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  • Control #: 2020426
  • Type: Poster
  • Event/Year: CSM2015
  • Authors: Lizanne Mulligan, Marsha Eifert-Mangine, Claire Morress, Margaret E. Robinson
  • Keywords: splinting|teaching methods

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