Aug 122010

When the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Education and Human Development joined forces to create an in-house performing arts medicine clinic for Mason’s dance majors, it became one of only a handful of universities across the country to offer such a clinic.

Originally, the clinic was staffed by graduate students from the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism who developed therapeutic exercises and other treatments to help rehabilitate dance students. They also worked with a student’s doctor to make sure they concur on the rehabilitation process. The program has grown and evolved; now there is a full-time athletic trainer and a Dance Conditioning Lab in the new addition to the de Laski Performing Arts Building. Read Original Article

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  1. I am a medical doctor in Mackay Australia, a research fellow with James Cook University, and co-founder of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare.

    As part of my Doctoral studies, I am conducting a review of the literature pertaining to the healthcare of the performing artist. As part of this review I am interested in the published outputs from established clinics for performers, especially over the last 3 decades. (Earlier work may be of interest however.)

    My questions are as follows:

    1. Do you have a bibliography of the works of clinicians and researchers who have been associated with your clinic? I would be most grateful to be able to peruse such a bibliography, so that I can study the outputs from research activity at your clinic. I am interested in any material – empiric research reports, opinion pieces, articles for trade, lay or professional publications etc.

    2. If you do not maintain a formal bibliography, then simply a list of names of clinical workers and researchers associated with your clinic who have published will allow me to search directly for their works in more general databases. It does not matter if such a list is incomplete – this is a qualitative study aimed at interpretive synthesis, not encyclopaedic scope.

    3. Are you aware of any research that looks specifically at the models of care provided for performers? (In your clinic or other contexts.)

    4. Are you aware of any research that looks specifically at the needs of performers as healthcare clients? (In your clinic or other contexts.)

    5. Are you aware of other clinics for performers? Would you kindly let me know their email contacts, so I can make a similar request of them?

    Thank you so much for your time. I hope you are able to provide me with some information.

    Yours sincerely,

    John Hadok

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