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2010 Annual Meeting – Overview

20th Annual Meeting

Thursday – Saturday, 28 – 30 October 2010
Workshops Sunday, 31 October 2010

Birmingham, UK


The 20th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) will be held Thursday-Saturday, 28 - 30 October 2010 in Birmingham, UK. The 20th Annual Meeting will be followed by workshops on Sunday, 31 October 2010. The venue will be the Birmingham Hippodrome. The meeting will be hosted by the University of Wolverhampton and the Birmingham Royal Ballet. The Annual Meeting and workshops are open to both IADMS members and non-members.

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

Upon completion of this conference, attendees will:
1. Gain insights into the causes and treatments of musculo-skeletal problems in dancers, as well as strategies for prevention.
2. Improve competence in the identification of physiological impacts of dance.
3. Enhance their knowledge regarding the psychological issues that affect dancers.
4. Integrate newly acquired clinical knowledge into their own areas of expertise based upon their participation in movement sessions.
5. Increase their ability to communicate effectively with dancers, dance educators, dance scientists, movement specialists, and health care professionals.

Three workshops will be held on Sunday, 31 October 2010 for specialty groups from the dance medicine and science community. You may register to attend any workshop even if you do not attend the IADMS Annual Meeting.

A Day for Teachers: Safe and Effective Dance Practice will offer a day of sessions that provide the basic essentials and practical strategies for designing and delivering dance training that promotes the dancer’s health and well-being. The sessions are as follows:

  • Alignment and Anatomy will give an overview of anatomy and will describe alignment for dancers that may reduce the risk of injury while enhancing technique. Common misalignments and muscle imbalances will be discussed. The session will provide teaching strategies for assessment and correction, including exercises and imagery work.
  • Sequencing the Dance Class will look at the importance of age-appropriate and physique-appropriate work, and how differentiation could enhance the training experience to optimize studio time. It will consider movements that are contraindicated for varying dance populations, and how to judge fatigue levels while providing sufficient challenges for all.
  • Injury Prevention and Management will provide up-to-date information regarding basic first aid to help teachers respond to acute injuries in the studio. The secondary topic will focus on prevention and rehabilitation for some of the most common dance injuries and will include exercises for improving proprioception.
  • Promoting Healthy Environments will be a discussion of the practical components of promoting healthy environments. The primary topic will include facilities: flooring, ambient temperature, and appropriate dress. The secondary topic will include personal aspects of the dance environment: warm-up, cool down, nutrition, and hydration for dancers.
  • Providing an overview of the Trinity College London / IADMS Certificate in Safe and Effective Dance Practice, the final session will identify the appropriate level and breadth of knowledge required, give examples of the basic content in various subject areas, and provide information on application and assessment procedures.

A Day for Physiotherapists and Athletic Trainers will focus on issues surrounding the hypermobile dancer. The format will be lecture/laboratory with an emphasis on techniques to assess and manage related injuries in the dance population. The course is intended for physiotherapists, athletic trainers and similarly credentialed clinicians. Attendees are responsible to conform to and participate in material in accordance with their individual scope of practice. Attendees are encouraged to bring a yoga/Pilates mat and to wear loose/comfortable clothing that allows easy participation in laboratory activities. The exchange of ideas and treatment protocols is anticipated and welcomed.

Biomechanics and Dance Workshop will provide attendees with an overview of biomechanics and the dancer. Hands-on demonstrations and presentations will be held at the motion capture laboratory at Coventry University. Coventry is approximately 18 miles/30 km from Birmingham. Technologies and methodologies for evaluating musculoskeletal kinematics, kinetics, and EMG in dance movement will be discussed.

Meeting Committee
Virginia Wilmerding, PhD - Program Committee Chair and IADMS Board Member (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)
Marika Molnar, PT, LAc - Program Committee Vice Chair and IADMS Treasurer (New York, New York, USA)
Steven J. Chatfield, PhD - Executive Director (Eugene, Oregon, USA)
Jessie N. Newell, BS - Conference Director (Eugene, Oregon, USA)
Nancy Kadel, MD - Activity Director for CME and IADMS Board Member (San Francisco, California, USA)


Revised 12 July 2010



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