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From DANCER to DOCTOR – My Perspective, by Dana Sheng, MD

From DANCER to DOCTOR – My Perspective
Dana Sheng, MD
Though I did not become a professional dancer, my lifelong training and love for dance are the forces that led me to sports and performing arts medicine. When I was in medical school, I decided I wanted to work with ballet companies like the Boston Ballet. However, it was not until residency that I actually had the opportunity to work with dancers. Through Dr. Lauren Elson, I was connected with …

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Is Ballet A Sport? Doctors And Dancers Think So

Comparing the athleticism of ballet dancers and football players: read and listen to this interview-based article—Is Ballet A Sport? Doctors And Dancers Think So—presented on IdeaStream.

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Members of the Athletes and the Arts Coalition met October 16 in Indianapolis (photo inside)

Members of the Athletes and the Arts Coalition met October 16 in Indianapolis to set strategy for its work to address health and safety issues for performing artists.

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About the 1 Page Fact Sheets; Sharing and Usage

Unique to Athletes and the Arts is our collection of one page educational fact sheets, devoted to helping and guiding performing artists, music teachers and other educators, medical professionals, and all those instrumental in the well-being and care of any performing artist.
Visitors are encouraged to share the link to our collection or to any specific fact sheet’s post, or print or email the PDF itself (do not, however, distribute any PDF/fact sheet on a different website or publication without …

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Adding aquatic fitness to physical training routine

From Athletes and the Arts affiliate Drum Corps International:
“Jersey Surf adds aquatic fitness to physical training routine”, by Chris Weber, 02/08/2017
150 members of Drum Corps International took over the natatorium at Camden County Technical School for an 80-minute high-intensity training session in the pool.
Read and watch the details

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Injury Prevention: What Musicians Can Do

Submitted by Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
MTNA webinar by Christine Guptill
Streamed live on Oct 21, 2016
Since many musicians’ injuries are related to practice habits, music teachers can and should play a vital role in injury prevention from the start. This webinar offers some clinical and research-based information to help teachers and students identify risks and prevent problems before they start.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_jDNaVRdPM

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Lightning Safety

The below PDF provides a Lightning Safety policy developed by one of the AATA collaborating organizations, The National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
Lightning is the most dangerous and frequent encountered thunderstorm hazard that people experience every year. Over the past century, it has consistently been in the top 2 causes of storm-related deaths in the United States. During the most recent decade, lightning was responsible for an average of 42 fatalities yearly in the United States and an estimated 10 times …

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Expand Your Influence: Enhance Health And Performance In Music Students

Empowering Musicians: Teaching, Transforming, Living

By Randall W. Dick, MS, FACSM
MTNA is an active member of the AATA initiative, and its members have a unique opportunity to influence the development and longevity of musicians and their art for generations to come. Contrary to most sport athletes, musicians (both amateur and professional) and teachers have careers that extend many decades.
One of the early successes of Athletes and the Arts, particularly the Performing Arts Medicine Association organization, was working …

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