Date of Award

2018

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Department

Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Mandy Meyer

Abstract

Purpose: The number of individuals participating in the sport of hockey is on the rise. This rise in popularity also means the risk of injury becomes greater. Occupational therapy (OT) works to provide a holistic and client-centered approach when treating individuals that can allow them to return to play safely and effectively. However, OT is not commonly thought of when assisting in the treatment of hockey player injuries. Due to OT not being commonly utilized in the area of hockey-related injuries, such as concussion and the upper extremities, there is also a lack of literature to provide further insight into the effects of OT services.

Methods: A extensive literature review was done in order to gather sufficient information on the topic. Librarians at the University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine were utilized in order to obtain literature and seek education in copyright regulations for the product. The databases used to conduct the literature review included Sportdiscus and Cinahl. The authors also reached out to several NHL teams athletic trainers to gather information on use of OT with their player. The Person-Environment-Occupation Model was chosen to inform the product as it provides a holistic view.

Product: A website was designed using WordPress as the foundation in formatting it. The website is tailored to give occupational therapists information on the research done as well as possible assessment and interventions to utilize in practice. The website is also accessible for athletes, coaches and parents to explore in order to obtain information on what OT can offer. An electronic product allows for continuous updating as well as the ability to reach a large audience. Additionally, the website is interactive, which allows for individuals to leave comments. Comments are encouraged for ideas for the site and how OT helped or not with athletes with hockey-related injuries.

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