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Research Article  |   March 1995
A Room Temperature Vulcanizing Silicone Rubber Sport Splint
Author Affiliations
  • Mario Francisco Canelón, MS, MOT, OTR/L, is Staff Occupational Therapist II, McLeod Regional Medical Center, Rehabilitative Services, Sports Medicine and Occupational Therapy Hand Center, 901 East Cheves Street, Suite 150, Florence, South Carolina 29501
  • Alison Joy Karus, OTR/L, is Staff Occupational Therapist, McLeod Regional Medical Center, Rehabilitative Services, Sports Medicine and Occupational Therapy Hand Center, Florence, South Carolina. At the time this article was written, she was completing a hand therapy fieldwork specialty, at McLeod Regional Medical Center
Article Information
Hand and Upper Extremity / Splinting / Practice
Research Article   |   March 1995
A Room Temperature Vulcanizing Silicone Rubber Sport Splint
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1995, Vol. 49, 244-249. doi:10.5014/ajot.49.3.244
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1995, Vol. 49, 244-249. doi:10.5014/ajot.49.3.244
Abstract

Athletic hand and wrist injuries may be treated by immobilizing the affected extremity in a rigid splint to protect the injury site for an extended time period. For athletes, this means a reduction in playing time, perhaps being out for an entire playing season. The use of a room temperature vulcanizing silicone rubber compound allows for a playing splint that complies with athletic regulations. Proper application of the room temperature vulcanizing silicone rubber provides an excellent, reliable protective playing splint allowing for safe, functional athletic performance for the injured player during the game. This article describes the fabrication process of a silicone rubber protective playing splint for athletic hand and wrist injuries. The effectiveness of the silicone rubber protective playing splint is illustrated via case studies.