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Karate in literature is shown to be therapeutic for a wide range of populations and conditions they may have, yet current research has not investigated the barriers and opportunities of a collaboration between occupational therapists and karate instructors to implement karate as a therapeutic medium. This mixed-methods study aimed to gain the perspective of both professional groups on potentially collaborating with one another, via a survey and qualitative interviews. Results indicated that intrinsic and extrinsic factors can act as barriers or supports depending on client and intervention context, that knowledge must be shared between all parties for successful collaboration, and that the methods of collaboration may heavily impact which intrinsic/extrinsic factors are most influential in the process of collaboration.

Publication Date

Summer 8-9-2023


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Martial Arts, Occupational Therapy

Medical Subject Headings

Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy | Recreational Therapy


Poster presented at the Summer 2023 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on August 2-9, 2023.

Perceptions of Professionals: Karate as an OT Intervention