On-site Clinical Care for Professional Dance Companies

Kathleen Bower, Carina M. Nasrallah, Bené Barrera, Kevin E. Varner, Alex Y. Han

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Thirty years ago the introduction of on-site health care for professional dance companies was a novel concept and dance medicine clinicians often had limited on-site hours, restricted treatment space, and small budgets. Companies are now developing fully staffed on-site clinics and backstage care that provide a multidisciplinary approach to dancer health and wellness. On-site dance medicine programs focus on holistic dancer health and preventive care rather than just triage and rehabilitation. Best practice recommendations for care of professional dancer patients allow for streamlined patient care within a network of medical professionals who understand the demands of a professional dance career.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-153
Number of pages17
JournalPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • Dance
  • Health
  • Health care
  • Injuries
  • Injury prevention
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Performing arts medicine
  • Wellness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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