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26th Annual Conference – Overview


Wanchai, Hong Kong

Thursday, October 20 – Sunday, October 23, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016 - A Day For Teachers

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - A Day For Medics

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The 26th Annual Conference of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) will be held in Wanchai, Hong Kong from Thursday, October 20 – Sunday, October 23, 2016. On Friday, October 21, 2016, A Day For Teachers will be held, and on Saturday, October 22, 2016, A Day For Medics will be held, with additional special programs available.

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Attend the IADMS Annual Meeting and SIG Day and you will: (1) gain insights into the causes and treatments of musculoskeletal problems in dancers, as well as strategies for prevention; (2) enhance your understanding of recent research and its application to the training and treatment of dancers; (3) enhance your knowledge regarding the psychological and nutritional issues that affect dancers; (4) be inspired to move in new ways and to incorporate new techniques into your teaching after participating in a variety of movement sessions; and (5) increase your ability to communicate effectively with other dance professionals, be they dancers, dance educators, dance scientists, movement specialists, or health care professionals. Join your colleagues for this unique multi-disciplinary event!

Target Audience
This four-day conference is directed to those involved with the health care, education, administration and supervision of dancers, including physicians, physical therapists, allied health professionals, alternative health care practitioners, psychologists, arts administrators, artistic directors, choreographers, educators, scientists, movement specialists, and dancers.

Continuing Medical Education Objectives
The purpose of this meeting is to increase competence and improve clinician practice in the care of dancers. We specifically anticipate improvements in skills and strategies as follows:

  1. To integrate best practices, including information from the latest evidence- and outcomes-based studies on medical, nutritional, psychological, and musculoskeletal disorders, into daily clinical practice in order to improve health outcomes for the dancer patient.
  2. To actively engage in unfiltered discussions with experts and colleagues regarding the critical challenges in clinical practice, and apply new insights and key concepts towards the goal of improving care for the dancer patient.
  3. To enhance collaboration amongst health care providers of all disciplines, movement specialists, and dance educators in order to improve dancers’ health and well-being.

A Day for Teachers
A Day For Teachers will be run alongside the main conference on Friday October 21st. Aimed primarily at local dance teachers, the programme will consist of a series of presentations on the application of dance science and medicine in the studio. Click here for more information.
You may register to attend A Day for Teachers even if you do not attend the IADMS Annual Conference.

A Day for Medics
A Day for Medics will be run within the main conference on Saturday October 22st. Aimed at the local and mainland medical and paramedical professions, the programme will consist of a series of presentations from an international collection of esteemed dance medicine practitioners. Click here for more information.
You may register to attend A Day for Medics even if you do not attend the IADMS Annual Conference.

Meeting Committee
Alexander McKinven, MSc, MSCP – Program Committee Chair, Development Committee Member (London, UK)
Marika Molnar, PT, LAc – Program Committee Vice Chair (New York, New York, USA)
Lauren Elson, MD – Program Committee (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
Matt Wyon, PhD – IADMS President/Annual Conference Producer (Birmingham, UK)
Brenton Surgenor, MSc. – Education Committee/Local Host Committee (Hong Kong)
Andrea Kozai, MSc, CSCS – Development Committee Chair (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)
Jason Brockwell, FRCSEd(Orth) – Local Host Committee (Hong Kong)
Mandy Petty – Local Host Committee (Hong Kong)
David Allen – IADMS Webmaster (USA)
Steven J. Chatfield, PhD – former IADMS Membership Director and CFO (Eugene, Oregon, USA)
Hollis M. Johnson – former IADMS Annual Conference Producer (Evanston, Illinois, USA)
Virginia Wilmerding, PhD – former IADMS CEO & Program Committee Chair(Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)

Click here to register for the IADMS 26th Annual Conference, A Day for Teachers (ADFT), A Day for Medics (ADFM), social events, and other conference events.

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