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NYU Langone Health’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries offers a one-hour, individual Injury Prevention Assessments (IPA) for dancers of all levels, ages 11 through adult. In-person IPAs take place at the Harkness Center’s physical therapy clinic, 614 2nd Ave., 2G, New York, NY, 10016; and virtual appointments are now available for dancers anywhere.
The dancer works with an expert dance medicine clinician who will assess biomechanics and technique, management of chronic pain or discomfort, strength and flexibility, and psychosocial and workplace concerns; and review medical and nutritional history. At the end of the session, the dancer receives a tailored home exercise program and referrals to specialists as appropriate.
Photo credit: Photographer Colleen Hahn (c) Harkness Center for Dance Injuries
MOTI Physiotherapy offers Dance Injury Screens with our Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPT’s) to help dancers reduce risk for injuries, better understand their movement patterns, and improve their self-care practices. After getting the dancer’s medical history from an orthopedic perspective, the DPT will perform movement tests to screen for any existing injuries and will identify any inefficient body mechanics that could lead to injury in the future. Catching problematic movement patterns early on and correcting them with personalized exercise programming is an effective way to reduce injury risk. The DPT will prescribe specific exercises that address the identified issues, making sure the dancer understands the areas of concern and the proper execution of the corrective exercises. Finally, the DPT will communicate with the dancer on a plan moving forward, including referral to further medical intervention if necessary. This service is available in person at our Los Angeles facilities OR virtually via the HIPAA-compliant Zoom platform.
Photo credit: MOTI - PT Amy Ryerson, CLI Studios
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