Continuing Education 2021 - Prevention & Rehabilitation for the Performer

The Performing Artist: Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation for the Musician and Dancer
Department of Athletic Training  
November 6-7, 2021

Duquesne University
Rangos School of Health Sciences (HLSB 141)
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282


The care of performers presents unique challenges to the clinicians in managing the patient's physical, psychological, and ergonomic factors that lead to injury and dysfunction. In a population that relies on their ability to skillfully move their bodies for their livelihoods, therapeutic outcomes are especially crucial. This course offers an introduction to the many facets of management for the performer, including relevant health issues, risk factors, prevention, pain science, the Alexander Technique, neuromuscular activation in dancers, and more.  Participants will review and demonstrate proficiency in the use of current best evidence in regards to manual therapy, intervention techniques, and thrust and non-thrust joint  mobilization techniques, in the treatment of common performance injuries.

Saturday November 6, 2021
7:00 AM Registration Opens
8:00 - 9:00 AM Evaluation of the Dancer - Biomechanics of Turn-out and Implications for Injury (1.0 Category A CEU)
9:00 - 10:00 AM           

Evaluation of the Musician - Key Considerations (1.0 Category A CEU) 

10:00 - 10:15 AM Morning Break
10:15 - 11:00 AM Voice Considerations (0.75 Category A CEUs)
11:00 - 12:00 PM Lunch
12:00 - 1:00 PM Overview of the Alexander Technique (1.0 Category A CEU)
1:00 - 2:30 PM

Application of the Alexander Technique for the Dancer (1.5 Category A CEUs)

2:30 - 2:45 PM Afternoon Break
2:45 - 4:15 PM Lab: Improving Turn-out and Neuromuscular Activiation in the Dancer (1.5 Category A CEUs)
4:15 - 5:00 PM Pelvic Floor Health for the Dancer (0.75 Category A CEUs)
5:00 PM Closing Remarks

Sunday, November 7, 2021
8:00 - 10:00 AM Breakdown of Different Musical Instruments (2.0 Category A CEUs)
10:00 - 10:15 AM Morning Break
10:15 - 11:15 AM             The Triple Threat (1.0 Category A CEU)
11:15 - 12:00 PM Pain Science Considerations for the Performer (0.75 Category A CEUs)                     
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 PM Application of the Alexander Technique (1.5 Category A CEUs)
2:30 - 2:45 PM Break
2:45 - 3:45 PM Resistance Training for the Dancer (1.0 Category A CEUs)
3:45 - 5:00 PM Lab: Manual Therapy and Taping Techniques for the Dancer and Musician (1.25 Category A CEUs)   
Course Wrap Up / Questions & Answers   

Course Topics, Learning Objectives & Handouts

Link to Symposium Learning Objectives. 

Target Audience for All Above Courses

Certified Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists.  Space is limited to 40 participants and proof of vaccinationl is required to attend in-person.  Virtual format programming is available for remote attendees.

Registration & Fees
Duquesne University Alumni & Preceptors
    (Athletic Training/Physical Therapy)   
Non-Duquesne Affiliated Attendees $595
Duquesne AT/PT Students (attending virtually) Free

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Continuing Education Units and Certificates

A total of 15 CEU's (15 Category A) will be available for this two day event.  All CEU certificates will be distributed electronically after participants have completed the program and participant surveys.  All surveys and assessments will be distributed electronically. 

Additional Information

Campus Map & Directions:

Special Needs: If you have any special needs, as defined by the American with Disabilities Act, and we should be aware, please let us know. Provide your specific requirements by contacting us at 412-396-4766 at least one week prior to the course.

Cancellation Policy: The Department of Athletic Training reserves the right to cancel a scheduled continuing education course. Courses may be cancelled for a variety of reasons including but not limited to inclement weather, campus emergency, speaker cancellation/withdrawal, or low course enrollment. In those instances where Duquesne University must cancel the event, attendees will be granted a full refund of the course tuition. In the event that an attendee should cancel or be unable to attend, full, partial or no refunds will be awarded based upon timing of the cancellation. Attendees canceling two weeks prior to the event will receive a full tuition refund. Any attendee cancelling less than 2 weeks of the event will be charged a 25% processing fee to cover the cost of materials, supplies and/or food being provided for the event. In the event that an attendee fails to attend the course and does not notify the Department in advance, no tuition refund will be granted.

For questions regarding this course contact:

Sandy Russell

Duquesne University Department of Athletic Training (BOC AP# P-793) is an approved provider by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers.  This two day event is eligible for a maximum of 15 Category A CEUs Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

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