Last year, a team from Clemson University’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management developed and implemented a sport-based reminiscence therapy program a part of a pilot study linking sport heritage and recreational therapy. The program development and study were generously funded by the Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute. Given the cultural and historic importance of the Clemson University football program throughout South Carolina, it was decided to theme the program around the history, heritage, and traditions of Tigers football! The program was well-received and data is showing benefits for participants and practitioners alike:
The program also received local and national media attention:
We believe our program can be used in other settings, adapted to other football teams, and can even be applied to other sports. We also want others to be able to use our protocols in other contexts, including with their own loved-ones at home. As such, we are pleased to share our Clemson Football reminiscence therapy protocols and materials (simply click on the highlighted link for each section):
- The Instructor Protocols provide session protocols, instructions, and materials for program leaders and caregivers. There are six different themed sessions covering different elements of Clemson football’s heritage and traditions: Going to the Game, The Stadium, Tailgating, Famous Games, Famous People, and Traditions.
- The Participant Handouts mirror the photos and pictures in the Instructor Protocols, but does not include the protocols and instructions. These can be something participants can hold onto and view while instructors lead the session.
- Participant Scorecards. There are six different participant “scorecards” – one for each of the themed sessions. Each of the scorecards has a colourful program cover from Clemson football’s past, along with space for participants to recall what they talked about during the session. These scorecards not only provide a souvenir from the session but also a valuable tool to help aid with memory and recall.
- Perhaps your loved-one or resident isn’t a big Clemson football fan, or maybe prefers baseball, tennis, or hockey. We have developed a handy Tip Sheet to help guide you through setting up your own sport-based reminiscence therapy group. We’re also big fans of this baseball-themed reminisce therapy program in Texas:
There is also a great organization in the United Kingdom, the Sporting Memories Network, who also provide sport-themed reminiscence therapy materials.
We’d love to hear how you are using the Clemson Football Memories program and if you are finding it to be a useful reminiscence therapy tool. Please provide comments at the bottom of this post, or please get in touch with either Dr. Brent Hawkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Gregory Ramshaw (email@example.com).