Participation in dance continues to grow with its exposure in popular culture. Television shows such as 'So You Think You Can Dance' and 'Dancing with the Stars' and the media coverage afforded to Misty Copeland has generated excitement and sparked interest. The 'dance industry' has grown at an annual rate of 2.7% since 2013, making it among the top-10 fastest growing sports in the United States. As a result of increased participation, there is a growing need for those working in sports medicine to understand this group of athletes and their unique demands: their biomechanics are different, their psychosocial stressors are different, and the treatments they require are unique. This session seeks to explore the needs of a dancer through a multidisciplinary panel and includes the following speakers:1) David M Popoli, MD (Wake Forest Baptist Health): a primer on dance medicine 2) Andrea Stracciolini, MD (Boston Childrens): presentation of a pre-season biomechanical analysis of risk factors of injury and how to mitigate them 3) Colleen Crosby, DPT (Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta): rehab of the injured dancer and use of motion analysis software to enhance treatment 4) David Wilkenfeld, ATC/LAT (UNC School of the Arts): common in-season dance injuries and how to help dancers 'play through' injury 5) Kathryn Ackerman, MD (Boston Childrens): endocrine and bone considerations in the dancer 6) 6) Stephanie Mayer, MD (Children's Hospital Colorado Sports Medicine Center): surgical considerations in the dancer.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand unique anatomical, chemical, and biomechanical considerations for the dancer and discuss how these inform the differential diagnosis of injury.
  • Discuss the benefits of applying motion analysis technology to improve the rehabilitation of an injured dancer and why communication among MD, PT, and ATC is essential to optimize outcomes.
  • Identify common injuries for dancers and how to treat these in-season.