October Circus Smart Speaker Series – Untangling injury patterns in circus arts: Takeaways from the research

Posted on September 20, 2023

Join circus and dance physical therapist Dr. Stephanie Greenspan for a BONUS edition of the Circus Smart Speaker Series lectures!
In this talk, she will dive into the research findings from a study she led monitoring circus artists across the United States covering:
Plus… **BONUS ROUND TABLE** featuring colleagues Dr. Melanie Stuckey & Emily Scherb DPT “The Circus Doc”!
Listen in to learn more about:
Can’t make it live? ** RECORDING AVAILABLE ** for one week afterwards
More about Stephanie:
As a physical therapist and circus coach, I was being asked to teach injury prevention workshops, and when I reviewed the research on injuries in circus I found we actually knew very little about what injuries happened in circus and had no research on how to prevent circus injuries. This wouldn’t be acceptable in any other sport or performing art so I made this the focus of my research in my academic role as a physical therapy educator.
Dr. Stephanie Greenspan earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. Her post-graduate training included residencies in orthopedic and neurologic physical therapy, and a fellowship in orthopedic manual therapy. She is a board certified specialist in both orthopedic and neurologic physical therapy, and an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Samuel Merritt University.
As a clinician she works with recreational to professional dancers and circus artists with a focus on decreasing injury risk and optimizing performance. This includes working as the physio for the resident 7 Fingers show “Dear San Francisco” at Club Fugazi since it’s installation in 2021. Stephanie brings her background as a dancer, aerialist, aerial coach, and researcher into her clinical practice.
She also offers workshops and wellness screenings for pre-professional and professional training programs including Spire pre-professional program at Kinetic Arts Center in Oakland, FlyCo at AWOL Dance Collective and the Elements Training Company at the Circus Project, both in Portland, Oregon. Her research focuses on the study of injuries and movement in the circus arts.
*Access Stephanie, Melanie & Emily online!*
IG: @artleticscience @melirene13 @thecircusdoc
FB: Artletic Science, The Circus Doc
WEB: Artleticscience.com (links to the publications are here under research tab)

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