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J Athl Train. 1995 September; 30(3): 261–264.
PMCID: PMC1317873

Improving Rehabilitation Effectiveness by Enhancing the Creative Process

William A. Pitney, MS, ATC
William A. Pitney is Instructor at Department of Physical Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois 60115.
Edwin E. Bunton, MS, ATC, CSCS


Creativity is a tacit component of a rehabilitation program that must be exercised by a clinician to avoid stagnation of rehabilitative innovation. Enhancing creativity can improve rehabilitation effectiveness but requires a conscious effort on the part of a clinician. There are many components to encouraging the creative process, but few authors have grouped them into a single step-by-step process. The authors of this paper have developed the CLEAR method to enhancing creativity. This method represents a summation of various strategies offered in the literature and comprises five steps: 1) challenging old routines, 2) learning new attitudes, 3) enlisting idea-generation exercises, 4) assessing the new idea for safety, and 5) revising the idea so that it is safe and suitable for rehabilitation.

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