Pre-conference Certificate Course

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Continuing Education Credit Information

Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine

In conjunction with ACSM

June 28 - 29, 2018 (Thursday - Friday)

Chapman University: Orange, Orange County, California

Extend your learning – Attend our 2-day pre-conference certificate course for practicing health professionals, performing artists, and arts educators.

The Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine is a two-day multidisciplinary enrichment course offered by the PAMA Education Committee. Designed to match the professional interests and career goals of health professionals, educators and performers, this course provides specific education and techniques for prevention, assessment, and care of performing arts-specific health concerns. Collectively on day 1, participants will hear introductory and research-informed lectures on health problems that are unique to performing artists including associated health risk factors, issues across the life-span, and the interactive, cultural, and contextual characteristics of health problems that are unique to performing artists. On day 2, participants will attend either the health professional or the performing arts stream for more detailed and targeted education and practical sessions related to providing and promoting optimal health for performing artists.

Course objectives for the health professional

Course objectives for the performer/artist educator

At the end of this course, the health professional will be able to: At the end of this course, the performer/artist educator will be able to:
  1. Determine the occupation-specific questions that should be asked during the initial interview with performing artists to identify key injury causes.
  2. Identify basic physical elements of techniques for performance, including common instrumental techniques.
  3. Administer key special assessment procedures that are useful when evaluating musicians and dancers.
  4. Establish goal-oriented and evidence-informed treatment approaches, taking into account the specific priorities and needs of the performing artist.
  5. Assess basic requirements of the occupational environment of the musician or dancer.
  6. Apply functional return to performance protocols.
  7. Describe preventive approaches to medical problems of performing artists.
  1. Determine the reason for many performing arts related injuries and current health promotion trends in performing arts medicine.
  2. Identify early management strategies, including appropriate referral, for performing artists' physical and mental health issues.
  3. Identify basic physiological elements of performance for common performance-specific techniques.
  4. Explore implementation strategies for setting up a safe performing arts training environment.
  5. Connect medical health interventions with physiological, psychological, and emotional vulnerabilities of performing artists.
  6. Understand and recognize performance anxiety and the related psychological health interventions.

Topics for this Course Include:

  • General Health and Wellness for Performing Artists
  • Neuro-musculoskeletal Injuries in Musicians
  • Common Musculoskeletal Injuries in Dancers
  • Biomechanics applied to Music and Dance technique
  • General Fitness, Conditioning and Rehabilitation
  • Medical Conditions in Performing Arts Medicine
  • Environmental Concerns in Performing Arts Medicine
  • Hearing Health
  • Vocal Healthcare
  • Performance Anxiety and Psychological Conditions
  • Special Conditions found in Musicians, Focal Dystonia
  • Dancer.Instrumentalist.Vocalist.Actor (D.I.V.A.) pre-participation assessment and physical evaluation
  • Applied performance anatomy and physiology

Target Audience

The target audience includes clinicians, performing artists, health and performing arts educators, and other healthcare professionals interested in learning the essential information needed to provide initial assessment, treatment, referrals and general educational recommendations for the performing artist. (Includes:  physicians, physician assistants, nurses, athletic trainers, physical and occupational therapists, other healthcare professionals, arts educators.)

Certificate Exam

At the completion of the pre-conference course, all participants will have the option of taking an exam tailored to their area of specialization (medicine, allied health, voice, dance, instrumental music).  If a passing grade is attained, they will be given a certificate of completion. Don’t miss this opportunity to advance your practice skills.

  • Physician exam (physician exam open to any licensed medical doctor, including US trained DO’s with a current license to practice)
  • Allied health exam (open to athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, chiropractors, nurses, licensed massage therapists, manual osteopathic practitioners [including non-US trained osteopaths], acupuncturists, and others as approved)
  • Arts educator exam (voice, dance, or instrumental music)

If multiple certificates are desired, you will need to attend the courses more than once, as the health practitioners and educators will be separated. Hence you will need to attend and pass exams multiple years.


Pre-conference Certificate Course:

  By March 1 March 2-April 1 After April 1
PAMA Members:
Physician $ 150 $ 195 $ 250
Non-Physician $ 125 $ 150 $ 200
*Student/Resident $  40 $  50 $  60
Physician $ 250 $ 295 $ 350
Non-Physician $ 225 $ 250 $ 300
*Student/Resident $  45 $  55 $  65
Certificate Exam Fee $ 25 $ 35 $ 50

Please note that if you wish to sit for the certificate exam, there will be a testing fee as shown above. You MUST select and pay for the exam prior to beginning the course. The easiest way to do this is to select and pay for the exam during registration.


The course will begin at 8:30 am on Thursday and conclude at 4:00 pm on Friday. The exam will take place on Friday from 4:30 - 5:30 pm.


Time DAY ONE - Introduction
8:00-8:30 am Registration

Introduction: The Performing Arts Athlete


Epidemiology and Etiology of Injuries in Performing Artists


Dance Assessment and Management Principles


Musician Assessment and Management Principles

10:30-10:45 Break

Psychological Health Issues in Performing Artists


Voice Assessment and Management in Performing Artists (Evaluation of the Singing Voice)

11:45-12:15 pm

Hearing Health and NIHL in Performing Artists

12:15-1:15 Lunch

Working in the Performing Arts Environment


Actors’ Health


Neurological Issues in Performing Arts

2:45-3:00 Break

Assessing & Managing Performance Anxiety


Key Principles of Injury Prevention and Management

4:45 Adjourn


Time DAY TWO – Level 1
Dance Voice Music
8:30-9:00 am Posture, Physical Condition, and Demands of Winds 8:30-9:30
Introduction: Role of Educators in Dancers’ Health
8:30 -9:15
Anatomy Overview
Anatomy Overview
1.Back, Shoulder, Arm, Hand

2. Respiration and Embouchure
9:00-9:30 Posture, Physical Condition, and Demands of Brass
9:15 -10:00
Physiology Overview
9:30 - 10:00

Posture, Physical Condition, and Demands of Vocalists


Functional Applied Anatomy: Foot, Ankle, & Knee
Function/ Physiology Overview
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-10:45 Posture, Physical Condition, and Demands of Keyboard 10:15-10:45
Hip, Pelvis, & Spine
Posture and Performance
Posture and Performance
10:45-11:15 Posture, Physical Condition, and Demands of Percussion 10:45-11:15
Upper Body, Shoulders, Neck
Exercises to Enhance Breath Support
Core stability/ Kinetic Chain Principles
11:15-11:45 Posture, Physical Condition, and Demands of Strings 11:15-11:45
Breath and Pelvic Floor
11:45-12:45 pm Lunch
12:45-1:15 Posture, Physical Condition, and Demands of Ballet 12:45-1:45
Warm-up and Conditioning for Dance
Stretching and Warming Up (Mindfulness)
Stretching and Warming Up
1:15-1:45 Posture, Physical Condition, and Demands of Contemporary and Modern Dance 1:15-1:45
Safe Practices in Rehearsing/ Training
Safe Practices in Rehearsing/ Training
1:45-2:00 Break
2:00-4:00 DIVA 2:00–3:15
Return to Practice and Performance: Safe Practices in Rehearsing/ Training (experiential)
Return to Play Strategies – an interactive panel: Medical strategies
Return to Play Strategies
Integrating Psychological Health into Performing Arts Pedagogy
4:00-4:30 Break
4:30-5:30 pm EXAM

If you wish to register only for the pre-conference certificate course, you may do so without registering for the full symposium.

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