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The Field of Dance Medicine

Colleen Davis, Dance Careers Research Project, 11/03/2012. Period 3
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Colleen Davis

on 5 November 2012

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How can I build a career in this field? Education: dance training recommended, but not neccessary, college, medical degree
Become a physician or other medical specialist, within that career focus on dancers
Careers include research in dance, on-site doctor (like in sports), or a normal physician who happens to treat dancers
What is the field of dance medicine? What is the job description/responsibilities? Must treat dancers for conditions and injuries common to the activity
Be knowledgeable and professional
An average day: meet patients, treat injuries, discuss plans for medication, surgery, or therapy What about the salary and growth outlook? Growing fast as more people begin to recognize the stresses of dancing as well as how it affects the body
Estimated 24% growth yearly
Average annual salary for a physician: $166,400
It is difficult to find statistics on a very specific occupation, but the outlook is obviously great! Works Cited "Cedars-Sinai/USC Dramatic Arts Dance Medicine Center." Dance Medicine Center (). N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2012. <http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Programs-and-Services/Orthopaedic-Center/Dance-Medicine-Center/>.
"IADMS." IADMS. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2012. <http://www.iadms.org/>.
"What Is Dance Medicine and Science?" N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2012. <http://hjd.med.nyu.edu/harkness/dance-medicine-resources/what-dance-medicine-and-science>. by Colleen Davis, 11/03/2012 Careers in Dance Medicine It's science and art!
It's theory and practice!
It involves anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, psychology, biomechanics, medicine, and nutrition.
It can be compared to sports science and sports medicine.
Dance science and medicine is the field in which we study dancers and practically apply health knowledge and principles to dance.
We use both known health concepts and concepts currently being discovered to improve our dancing. How do we apply health/medicine to dance? Professionals can use the knowledge gained from science to make our dancing better.
Example: knowledge of muscles/tendon anatomy made ballistic stretching become obsolete.
Example: Nutrition science is applied to dance when a dancer eats certain foods to give him/her energy to get through a performance day.
We can use information from dance medicine field (anatomy, psychology, etc) to help us improve our technique, make choreography more accessible to all body types,
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