Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

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20.3: Physical Therapy for the Performing Artist

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Each monograph will be 24 to 55 pages in length and require 4 to 6 hours to complete. Course registrants will receive course materials with instructions for completing the final examination online. For the first time registrants will be able to purchase this course in its entirety (all 3 monographs) or will be able to purchase monographs separately (1 or 2 out of the course) . This course specifically addresses the rehabilitation needs of 3 professions of performing artists: the figure skater, the musician, and the artistic gymnast. The authors introduce the reader to each respective performing arts and delineate the specific role of the physical therapist. Unique examination and intervention strategies tailored to the needs of these populations are highlighted.

Level of instruction: Intermediate. Some background knowledge or previous treatment of each patient population at the competitive or professional level is recommended. An intermediate level of orthopaedic evaluative skills is required to maximize the application of the examination content presented in each course.


Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to do the following:

Figure Skating:

  1. Understand the figure skating organizational structure and be familiar with the governing bodies.
  2. Recognize predisposing injury factors and understand the impact of co-morbidities in the figure skating population.
  3. Recognize common injuries in figure skaters and understand the need for imaging in the diagnostic procedure.
  4. Provide rationale for rehabilitation interventions and progression criteria in return to performance in order to resolve impairments affecting the figure skater.

Instrumentalist Musicians:

  1. Understand the importance of conducting a subjective examination for the musician that is expanded to include music performance-related questions.
  2. Identify roles of instrument-specific posturing and movements of the musician and be able to incorporate these predispositions in an objective examination.
  3. Develop appropriate intervention strategies for musician-specific musculoskeletal pain.

Artistic Gymnastics:

  1. Understand the impact of predisposing factors and co-morbidities in the gymnastic population.
  2. Recognize common injury patterns in artistic gymnasts and learn clinical pearls that aid in treatment and rehabilitation.
  3. Understand the role of diagnostic imaging in the diagnostic process for an injured artistic gymnast.
  4. Provide rationale for rehabilitation interventions and progression criteria in return to performance in order to resolve impairments affecting artistic gymnasts.

Topics and Authors

  • Figure Skating-Jennifer Flug, PT, DPT, OCS; Jeffrey Schneider, MS, ATC, CSCS; Eric Greenberg, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS; and Tara Jo Manal, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS (Includes a DVD, Simply Skating: A Lesson for the Spectator, developed by the University of Delaware.)
  • Instrumentalist Musicians—Jan Dommerholt, PT, MS, DPT, and Beth Collier, PT, DPT
  • Artistic Gymnastics—Airelle O. Hunter-Giordano, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS; Gina M. Pongetti Angeletti, PT, MPT, MA, CSCS, ART-Cert; Stacy Voelker, PT, DPT; and Tara Jo Manal, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS (Includes a supplemental DVD demonstrating content described in the text.)

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