College of Mount St. Joseph physical therapy students are hoping to continue their winning streak at the third annual Crosstown Splint Off on Thursday, February 20 hosted by St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Patterson Medical and Advanced Technologies.
“Many of these students have no idea how to use splinting materials when they start helping patients,” said Meg Robinson, St. Elizabeth occupational therapist and certified hand therapist. “This friendly competition will give them a chance to feel comfortable with the material before having to put it on a person.”
The Mount won the competition the first two years; UC’s physical therapy students will join the friendly competition for the first time this year. This year’s theme was to create a sculpture that represents a type of therapy in some way. Projects must demonstrate the draping, molding and bonding ability of the materials, include a cylinder or curved structure, contain some square edges, and represent the school. The structures will be judged on uniqueness and originality, aesthetic and professional quality (smoothness, neatness, craftsmanship), materials selection, complexity, and intricacy.
"This is a creative way for our students to incorporate learning with something fun," said Marsha Eifert-Mangine, associate professor of physical therapy. "The Mount students have spent the past several weeks designing, making and painting their creations."
Judging will occur in the mail lobby at Commonwealth Orthopaedic Center in Edgewood, Ky. Twenty-three teams of three to four people are expected to participate.