About the Symposium

Register Here for The Boston Children's Dance Symposium 

Saturday, June 14, 2014
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Boston Children’s Hospital 
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA 02453

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About this Symposium

Dance-related injuries are on the rise. Intense training at younger ages has led to an increasing number of significant foot and ankle injuries among dancers. Minimizing injury risk while preparing dancers for pointe work can be very challenging for dance instructors and those caring for young dancers. This symposium will focus on foot/ankle injury patterns unique to dancers, research-based prevention and rehabilitation strategies.

Featured Speaker

John Lam
Soloist, Boston Ballet
John Lam began dancing at age four. He entered Boston Ballet II in 2003, joined the main company in 2004 and became a soloist in 2008.

Course objectives

Learners who attend this symposium will increase their knowledge of:

•  common diagnoses of young dancers with foot/ankle pain
•  evaluation of a dancer with a stress fracture
•  rehabilitation of the young dancer with a foot/ankle injury
•  assessment of young dancers’ readiness for pointe work
•  appropriate dance training and preparation for pointe work

This conference is presented by the Boston Children’s Hospital’s Sports Medicine Division.

APTA credits are pending. 
Children’s Sports Medicine Foundation, Inc. is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. as a provider for Continuing Education Units to Certified Athletic Trainers. Certified Athletic Trainers can only claim credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 7.25 CEUs are available for this conference. BOC Provider # P3340.


Admission is $75 and space is limited
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7:30 to 8 a.m.            Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8 to 8:30 a.m.            The Injured Young Dancer: From Treatment to Prevention

                                    Lyle J. Micheli, MD

8:30 to 9:10 a.m.       Common Injuries and the Clinical Evaluation of the Dancer with Foot and Ankle Pain

                                    Bridget Quinn, MD 

9:10 to 9:20 a.m.       Break

9:20 to 10 a.m.          Instructing the Young Dancer for Pointe: Minimizing Risk—Maximizing Readiness

                                    Ellen Geminiani, MD and Ruth Solomon, BA, CMA 

10 to 10:30 a.m.        Not an Ankle Sprain: Less Common Causes of Foot and Ankle Pain

                                    Cynthia Stein, MD, MPH 

10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Ultrasound Evaluation and Therapeutic/Diagnostic Injections for the Dancer with Foot and Ankle Pain

                                    Pierre d’Hemecourt, MD 

11 to 11:30 a.m.        Evaluation of the Dancer with Multiple Stress Fractures: Bone Health and the Female Athlete Triad

                                    Kathryn Ackerman, MD, MPH 

11:30 to noon            Podiatric Care of the Dancer’s Foot—Maintenance Care of the Foot to Minimize Injury

                                  Thanh Dinh, DPM

noon to 12:30 p.m.   My Journey as a Professional Dancer Dealing with Injury: What I Have Learned and What I Want to Teach Dancers Who Follow In My Footsteps

                                    John Lam

12:30 to 1 p.m.          Lunch: Informal Discussion and Question and Answer

Breakout Session I 1 to 2 p.m.

Option A                     Practical Ultrasound of the Foot and Ankle in the Injured Dancer

                                    Pierre d’Hemecourt, MD and Andrea Stracciolini, MD 

Option B                     Rehabilitation of the Young Dancer with a Stress Fracture of the Foot

                              Aiko Callahan, DPT

Breakout Session II 2 to 3 p.m.

Option A                     Rehabilitation of the Young Dancer with FHL Tendonitis

                                    Michelina Cassella, PT

Option B                     The Young Irish Step Dancer with Foot Pain

                                    Colleen Lively, PT, DPT, TCRG 

Breakout Session III 3 to 3:45 p.m.

at the Micheli Center

Option A                     Injury Prevention for the Young Dancer: Evaluation and Training

                                    Emily Hanson, ATC

Option B                     Strength Training for the Young Female Dancer: the Benefits of Injury Prevention. 

                                    Andrea Stracciolini, MD  and Emily Hanson, ATC

3:45 to 4 p.m.            Informal Question and Answer

About Dance Medicine

The Sports Medicine Division at Boston Children’s Hospital provides world-renowned clinical programs in sports and dance medicine   

The mission of our
Dance Medicine Section is to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care to meet dancers’ unique needs and goals. We are dedicated to caring for dancers by focusing on nutrition, bone and endocrine health, podiatry and sports psychology.

Young dancers and professional dancers alike can expect a comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.

To schedule an appointment with our Dance Medicine Section, please contact our Dance Medicine coordinator at 857-218-5507