Submit an Abstract

The 2020 abstract submission system will open on August 1.

The PAMA symposium is designed to meet the research and practice needs of physicians, therapists, athletic trainers, educators, artistic directors, and other health care and performing arts professionals who seek to improve the well-being of performing artists.

All professionals and students are encouraged to submit an abstract. Submissions are not restricted to PAMA members.

We encourage the submission of a wide variety of evidence informed abstracts including those that are research or educational in nature (state of the art/science, evidence review and clinical updates) as well as proposals for workshops. Please review the abstract submission form and abstract tutorial.  Abstracts submitted to PAMA will be reviewed by the Research Committee.

This year also features a poster competition for all presentations accepted for the poster format!

Important Points:

  • An author can be the first or presenting author on only ONE abstract. An author can be a secondary author on an unlimited number of abstracts.
  • Submissions will only be accepted via the form submission system below. You must use the form appropriate to the type of abstract you are submitting. See "Select your submission type" below.
  • The abstract should be “blinded”; that is, nowhere in the body of the abstract should any author's name or institution be identified. Click here for complete blinding instructions.
  • PAMA will not accept any abstract that contains, or may be interpreted as, an attempt to promote or sell any specific company, product, or service. Prior to submitting your abstract, you will be required to acknowledge this information.
  • Explain exactly WHAT you will present. It is not sufficient to say that “The results of this study will be presented.” or “Information will be presented.”
  • The content of the abstract must NOT exceed 350 words. There are many word processing programs that will provide a word count. You may download a "worksheet" below to begin working on your abstract submission. Once you are ready to submit, click the appropriate link below to begin. The content of your abstract MUST be entered (or copied from your worksheet and pasted) in to the appropriate field in the submission form.
  • When you have completed your abstract submission, you will be taken to the Conflict of Interest Reporting Form. You must complete this form. If your abstract is accepted ALL co-authors listed on your abstract will also be required to complete this form.

DO NOT include: illustrations, tables, references, authors' biographical information. If your abstract is accepted you will have the opportunity to expand your original submission to include more information, references, etc.

Click here to watch a video tutorial on how to complete an abstract submission

Select your submission type:

Research - System CLOSED

Description: Research study (e.g. basic, applied, clinical, descriptive, interventional)
Click here to download the research abstract worksheet

Click here to watch a video tutorial on how to submit this type of abstract

Education - System CLOSED

Description: Educational offering (e.g. case studies and case series)
Click here to download the education abstract worksheet

Click here to watch a video tutorial on how to submit this type of abstract

Workshop - System CLOSED

Description: Workshops are meant to be an interactive lecture with live demonstration or audience participation. Authors are to strive toward 50% interactivity for the time allotted. NO commercial promotion is allowed. 
Click here to download the workshop abstract worksheet

Click here to watch a video tutorial on how to submit this type of abstract



Blinding of Abstracts

The abstract should be “blinded” (i.e. all information that can identify any author or an author’s institution should be omitted from the abstract, including names of where the study was conducted).

How to ensure your abstract is blinded:

1. Do not include any authors' information including information about their credentials, specialties, and institutions. Any author's name and biographical information should not be included in your abstract. Authors' institutions cannot be named but can be vaguely described (e.g. "a tertiary medical center" or "a large university dance program in a major metropolitan area").

2. Do not use the name or the location of the group you are studying. However, a general description of the location or type of group is acceptable, such as "a large group of dancers in an elite university graduate program."


Not blinded (do not submit): As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in ankle injuries, Dr. Smith will be presenting a case series of surgically repaired ankle injuries from the NYU dance program....

Blinded (suitable to submit): A retrospective case series of ankle injuries from a university dance program in a large metropolitan city will be presented to highlight important aspects of surgical care provided at a tertiary medical center.

Questions: Please contact us if you have questions:

PAMA Research Committee Chair at

Dorry Allen at

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