Workshops and Events

Dr. Emily Scherb educates circus artists in how to correctly train their bodies to be strong and mobile while limiting injury. She teaches practical workshops that are accessible for recreational and performing artists, provides deeper instruction in teacher trainings, and explores the science of circus-specific movement biomechanics with medical and healthcare professionals.

In her trainings, you will learn how the body can accomplish amazing circus skills, what good form looks like, and why using good form is the best way to stay safe and build skills.

Each of these workshops is tailored to her audience and their desired outcome: gaining skills and mobility, understanding and correcting form, identifying movement pattern dysfunctions, or getting injured artists back to training.

Online Aerial Anatomy Courses

These in-depth online aerial anatomy courses are completely self-paced so you can optimize your learning, improve you ability to break down aerial movements, communicate about the body, and understand your own body to propel your training to the next level.

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Live Trainings

Performing Artists

Learn how the body works and improve your exercise and training plans, while preventing injury.

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Teacher Trainings

Learn the “why” behind how you teach. Understand the bio-mechanics and purpose of circus-specific pathways and movements. Explore injury prevention and how to use training plans to help your students succeed.

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Medical & Healthcare Professionals

Learn about this growing patient niche and their specific needs. Speak the language of aerial artists and gain their confidence by understanding common movement faults and treatment cues.

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See Below for a complete listing of upcoming LIVE events.

Don’t see a date or location that works for you? Contact Emily for details on setting up a course near you.

Upcoming Workshops & Events

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Sep 7, 2019 | 10:15 am - 5:45 pm

Movement Analysis and Treatment for Aerial Artists: The Hanging Athlete – LONDON, England

National Centre for Circus Arts - London, England

Want to be the person in your community that circus artists look to for their health and body care?
Understanding the ins and outs of working with these unique athletes will help you become a valuable resource and training partner.
Learn to assess the stresses and challenges aerialists face and recognize the common movement patterns that place them at risk of injury.
Help aerialists get stronger in ways that support their practice and improve their performance.
Get your clients in the air, keep them in the air, and performing at their peak!

This continuing education course is for healthcare professionals with an interest in understanding and helping the aerial artist community. We will look at the bio-mechanics of the shoulder related to this unique population of athletes through a Movement Systems perspective. During the course we will review and analyze common movements that circus performers perform from hanging and handstands to pull ups, inversions, and skin the cats. With each we will learn to recognize compensatory patterns and risks for injury. You will learn how to enhance your connection to these patients through knowledge of basic vocabulary and observing circus artists in action.

Course Outline

Circus Artist as an Athlete and a Patient 

  • Demographics of circus participants—Enhancing credibility
  • Taking a history from a circus performer

Common Injuries and Contributing Factors 

  • Overview of injury epidemiology in current literature and clinical experience
  • Hypermobility and the circus artist

Anatomy and Biomechanics 

  • The human movement system
  • Anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder girdle with a review of normal shoulder biomechanics and alignment in standing and with shoulder flexion
  • Analysis of shoulder movement
  • LAB analysis of shoulder movement

LUNCH

Equipment and Vocabulary 

  • Observing at a circus school (if available)
  • Familiarization with equipment and skills in practice

Aerial Skills Breakdown 

  • Hanging shoulder biomechanics in long hang, bent arm hanging and basket position
  • Brief review of hip and trunk anatomy with relationship to basic aerial positions of hollow body, C-shape, and arched body
  • Grips used in aerial arts
  • LAB hanging analysis
  • Hanging, Climbing, Front Balance, Inversion variations, Skin the Cat
  • Recognition of common movement dysfunctions with these aerial skills and how they relate to shoulder bio-mechanics and movement impairments or compensations

Treatment for Common Aerial Movement Dysfunctions 

  • Break down and discussion of common movement diagnosis for circus artists
  • Demonstration of analysis and evaluation techniques with circus evaluation rubric
  • Exercises, cues, and patient education for correction of common movement impairments in aerial circus artists
  • LAB  exercises and cuing in lab

 

Course Objectives

  1. Participants will understand the circus artist as an athlete and how to engage and enhance credibility with this population.
  2. Participants will understand the biomechanics of the shoulder when it is moving into an overhead position and with hanging.
  3. Participants will learn common patterns of posture, movement, and injury in hanging athletes/aerialists.
  4. Participants will be able to recognize movement dysfunctions of the scapula and humerus in a hanging athlete/ aerialist.
  5. Participants will observe circus aerialists and learn about equipment, names of common skills, and learn to speak some of the language of a circus artist.
  6. Participants will learn corrective exercises for common movement pattern dysfunctions in aerialists and how to cue them for patient success.

Cancellation policy: Refunds are available up to 1 month prior to the course. After that time, enrollments are transferable. Please contact emily@thecircusdoc.com with any changes.

Past Workshops

Jun 30, 2019 — Movement Analysis and Treatment for Aerial Artists: The Hanging Athlete — This course is for all healthcare professionals who would like to know more about working with aerial artists. Physical Therapy CEU Credit Available (other continuing education credit may be available. Please enquire) PT, OT, MD, DO, NP, ND, DC, ATC are all welcome In this continuing education course for healthcare professionals, we will look at the […]

May 18, 2019 — Anatomy for the Aerial Artist – Phoenix — The Hips Don’t Lie: Controlling the Core in Aerial Arts 10:00 am – 1:00 pm When you’re suspended in the air, the only thing you can count on is your core. This class explores the point where all of our aerial movement begins, and helps you understand the biomechanics and sequence of your trunk muscles […]

Apr 20, 2019 — Aerial Inversions and Anatomy of the Hips and Core in Boston — The Hips Don’t Lie: Controlling the Core in Aerial Arts When you’re suspended in the air, the only thing you can count on is your core. This class explores the point where all of our aerial movement begins, and helps you understand the biomechanics and sequence of your trunk muscles and hip joints. This class […]

Apr 19, 2019 — Aerial Body Basics and Shoulder Anatomy in Boston — Body Background Why does your elbow move differently than your wrist? How do muscles work? What the heck are those fancy anatomy word?

Apr 7, 2019 — Work With Your Body: Practical Anatomy for Aerial Instructors – Charleston, SC — Why do we teach a hollow body? What is the correct way to “engage” shoulders? How can I keep my students safe?

Apr 1, 2019 — Aerial Anatomy – Raleigh, NC — Creating a Training Plan: Preventing Injury and Speeding Recovery 12:30p -2:00p To register: https://app.jackrabbitclass.com/regevent.

Nov 18, 2018 — Work With Your Body: Practical Anatomy for Aerial Artists — How do I get more flexible? How do I achieve that next level of skill? How do I build the strength to do that cool trick?

Oct 7, 2018 — Movement Analysis and Treatment of Aerial Artists: The Hanging Athlete — In this continuing education course for healthcare professionals, we will look at the bio-mechanics of the shoulder related to this unique population of athletes through a movement system perspective. During the course we will review and analyze common movements that circus performers perform from hanging and handstands to pull ups, inversions, and skin the cats. […]

Feb 25, 2018 — The “Why” of Aerial Arts — A full day of learning the “WHY” of aerial arts. Understanding the why behind the form and technique used in aerial training including, hanging, hollow bodies, inversions, and high level skills. The anatomy of the body holds the answers.

Jul 9, 2017 — Anatomy for Aerial Artists — A six hour immersive anatomy workshop for aerial artists. Prevent injury and improve performance by understanding how your body moves. Work with your body as you uncover how the shoulders, core, and hips interact to move you through space, support your weight, and achieve greater flexibility through proper mechanics.

Apr 9, 2017 — Evaluation and Treatment of Circus Artists — A 4 hour course for physical therapists and other health practitioners during which we will analyze common movements in circus arts from hanging to inversions and skin the cat. Participants will learn to recognize compensations and ways to treat clients before these patterns turn into injuries.

Apr 8, 2017 — Injury Prevention and Anatomy — A two session course at Esh Circus Arts with a focus on injury prevention and anatomy of the hip and shoulder.

Dec 11, 2016 — Perform Forever: From Hanging to Handstands — Right here in SEATTLE! Do you swing through the air or stand on your hands? You can prevent injury and improve performance by understanding how your body moves.

Aug 20, 2016 — Cirque School LA — Anatomy and injury prevention education for Cirque School LA’s instructors and intensive students.

Nov 6, 2014 — CircusFest Vancouver — Emily will be speaking to circus performers in Vancouver about their anatomy, how it adapts to the unique stresses of circus arts, and how they can stay injury free.

Sep 13, 2014 — Aloft Loft — Anatomy education for Aloft’s full time students and staff.

Jan 10, 2014 — Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival — Emily Scherb spoke on functional anatomy for aerialists as part of lectures organized by Circus Now.

Aug 6, 2012 — American Youth Circus Organization Educators Convention 2012 — FUNctional Anatomy: A lecture for circus educators from around the country on the anatomy of a circus performer and the relationship of anatomical form and function.