About the Symposium

Register Here for the Boston Children's Dance Symposium 

Saturday, April 25, 2015
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

Young dancers are sustaining significant injuries the spine as they progress through intense dance training starting at often very young ages. The care of the young dancer is often very challenging given the unique demands of the discipline of dance and the inherent changes in the young developing body as the dancer progresses through puberty. Specifically, the tightening of certain muscles and change in rotation of the pelvis, along with relative muscle weakness can increase strain on the lower back of young dancers. Preparing the young dancer physically for the increase demands on the spine and minimizing injury risk is critical and often very challenging to dance instructors and those caring for young dancers. This symposium will focus on evaluation of the young dancer with an injury to the spine, highlighting injury patterns unique to this population and proposing preventative measures that address strength, flexibility, and biomechanical limitations. A discussion of common spine injuries sustained by dancers, as well as the importance of proper dance training and lectures focusing on the rehabilitation of the young dancer with a spine injury and well as physical preventive training and evaluation will be included during this lecture series.

Featured Speakers

Adriana Suárez
and Gianni Di Marco, Gyrotonic®-certified instructors and former professional dancers, will highlight healthier body movements for recovery and injury prevention. The pair will explain and demonstrate the benefits of these low-impact exercises.

Course objectives

To increase the knowledge base regarding the following:

•  Discuss risks young dancers face for spine injury, including a discussion on biomechanics
•  Discuss psychological issues facing a young dancer with a back injury
•  Identify common diagnoses of young dancers with back pain
•  Explain appropriate training and preparation to prevent spine injury in young dancers
•  Review clinical evaluation of the young dancer with back pain
•  Review rehabilitation of the young dancer with a spine injury

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


Admission is $75 and space is limited

The American Physical Therapy Association designates this educational activity, “The Young Dancer with Back Pain” for 4.5 CEU credits.

Children’s Sports Medicine Foundation, Inc. is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This program has been approved for a maximum of 4.5 hours of Category A continuing education. Certified Athletic Trainers are responsible for claiming only those hours actually spent participating in the continuing education activity. BOC Approved Provider Number: P3340

Cancellation/refund policy
Registration by credit card can be made online through the registration page. Registration by check (draft on a United States bank), please make payable to Children’s Sports Medicine Foundation, Inc. and mail with registration form to Ginelle MacDonald, Division of Sports Medicine, 319 Longwood Avenue, 2nd floor, Boston, MA 02115. Telephone or fax registration is not accepted. Registration with cash payment is not permitted. Upon receipt of your paid registration an email confirmation from the BCH office will be sent to you. Be sure to include an email address that you check frequently. Your email address is used for critical information including: registration confirmation, evaluation and certificate.

Full refunds will be issued for all cancellations received prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be received by postal mail, email, or telephone. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee and no refunds will be issued once the conference has started.

Target audience
This course is designed for physical therapists, dance instructors, athletic trainers, parents, and dancers.

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7:30 to 8 a.m.          Check in and continental breakfast

8 to 8:15 a.m.

8:15 to 8:45 a.m.

        The Epidemiology of Back Pain and Injury in the Dancer
        Cynthia Stein, MD, MPH
8:45 to 9:15 a.m.
        Spondylolysis in the Dancer: Diagnosis and Treatment 
        Lyle J. Micheli, MD
9:15 to 9:45 a.m.
        The Biomechanics of Dance Related Spine Injuries
        Pierre d’Hemecourt, MD

9:45 to 10 a.m.
        Break, Q&A
10 to 10:30 a.m.
        Physical Examination of the Young Dancer with Back Pain 
        Andrea Stracciolini, MD
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.   
        Interesting cases of young dancers with back pain
        Bridget Quinn, MD and Ellen Geminiani, MD
11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
        Training Dancers with Gyrotonic®
        Adriana Suárez and Gianni Di Marco

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

        Lunch, Q&A
1:30 to 2:00 p.m.
        Training Dancers in Technique Class to Minimize the Risk of Spinal Injury
        Professor Ruth Solomon
2 to 2:30 p.m.
        Rehabilitation of the Young Dancer with a Back 
        Carl Gustafson, PT
2:30 to 3 p.m.
        Dance Injury Prevention with Neuromuscular Training at TMC 
        Dennis Borg, ATC, CSCS, The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention
3 to 3:30 p.m.
        The Role of the Sports Psychologist in Recovery from a Dance Injury
        Kelsey Griffith, The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention
3:30 to 4 p.m.

        Faculty panel discussion
        Question and answer/Difficult cases/Wrap up

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 617-355-6884.