PAMA Notes - April 2, 2015

Registration for the 2015 PAMA Symposium is Open!

Plan to attend the 33rd Annual Symposium on Medical Problems of Performing Artists

July 8, 2015 (Wednesday) Pre-Conference Course
July 9 - 12, 2015 (Thursday - Sunday) PAMA Symposium


Countdown to Curtain: Maximizing Artistry and Injury Prevention Onstage and Behind the Scenes

at the Westin Snowmass Resort & Hotel, in Snowmass, Colorado.

The PAMA symposium is designed to meet the research and practice needs of physicians, therapists, educators, artistic directors, athletic trainers and other health care and performing arts professionals who seek to improve the well-being of performing artists.

More information is available on our website, click here for more details.

The 2015 symposium will be held at The Westin Snowmass Resort. Special room rates are available to PAMA symposium attendees until June 7, 2015.

Room rate for the Westin - $169 USD
Click this link to reserve your room at the Westin

Room rate for the Holiday Inn Express - (adjacent to the Westin - formerly Wildwood) - $139 USD
Click this link to reserve your room at the Holiday Inn Express

Call for Abstracts! Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists

Abstract Submissions due May 1, 2015

September 12th and 13th, 2015
Chapman University
Orange, California
Partridge Dance Center
8:30am – 4:00pm

The Program Committee is excited to announce the call for abstracts for the 2015 conference. Researchers, educators, artists and medical professionals are encouraged to submit proposals that address the medical issues and/or applied teaching practices in Dance, Music and Theatre.  The committee reviews abstracts of purposeful research, outcomes of value to the audience, and innovative approaches to the health, teaching, practice and care for performing artists.  Abstracts may be research or education based with goals and objectives illustrated.  Proposals may include a lecture, movement workshop or poster presentation.

Click here for more details and submission guidelines

A Report on the Toronto Regional Meeting

On March 7 and 8, 2015, a diverse group of attendees including healthcare practitioners, artists, arts educators, and researchers met for the 5th annual Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) regional meeting in Toronto, ON, Canada. This meeting has been growing steadily, and this year attendance reached an all-time high of 113. As it has since its inception, the meeting was held at the visually impressive Royal Conservatory of Music, which houses programs from infancy to a post-graduate professional music training, the Glenn Gould School. The dean of the Glenn Gould School, James Anagnoson, welcomed attendees and praised Dr. Chong’s “Performance Awareness” course and the work of attendees as critical for students.

The theme of this year’s meeting was “Tuning the Athlete and Performing Artist for Optimal Health and Performance”. This was a continuation of PAMA’s goal, under the direction of Past President Dr. John Chong, to make connections with sports medicine research and knowledge, and to educate sports medicine practitioners about the unique needs of performing artists. Attendees were introduced to this goal by Dr. Clay Miller, PAMA’s liaison to the Athletes and the Arts initiative in collaboration with the American College of Sports Medicine. Several presentations directly addressed this theme, including a presentation by Robin Kish, Assistant Professor of Dance at Chapman University, and Dr. Laura Cruz, who is Medical Consultant for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Their presentation on “Concussions in Athletes and Artists” brought this subject, which has garnered significant media coverage in sports, into a new light. Jennie Morton, Lecturer in the University College London’s Masters in Performing Arts Medicine program and owner of Healthy, and Dr. Nancy Kadel, PAMA President and orthopaedic surgeon, presented a workshop entitled “Treating Athletes and Artists: Similarities and Differences”.

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A Report on the University of South Florida - PAMA Regional Meeting

The Second Annual USF-PAMA Conference was held February 27-March 1 at the University of South Florida School of Music. With a focus on "Caring for Artists and Arts that Heal," the conference featured Keynote Presentations by Keith Bengtson, MD, Mayo Clinic; John Chong, MD, Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music, and Musicians' Clinic of Canada; Nancy Kadel, MD, Seattle Clinic and President of PAMA; Marijeanne Liederbach, PhD, PT, ATC, CSCS, Director, Harkness Center for Dance Injuries NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases;Ralph Manchester, MD, University of Rochester; and Aaron Williamon, PhD, Head of Center for Performance Science, Royal College of Music, London. At the opening reception, presenters and participants were welcomed by USF President Judy Genshaft, Provost Ralph Wilcox, and Vice President of USF Health Charles Lockwood. USF students and faculty showcased their musical research and talent.A guided tour by Cheryl Belanger, program coordinator and Lloyd Goldstein of the Center for Arts in Medicine of Moffitt Cancer Center highlighted the arts’ role in healing.
During the two-day conference, participants learned about developing healthy and resilient artists through a multifaceted approaches encompassing physical and mental training, caring for the mind as well as the body. Presenters explored causes of injuries in dancers, singers, and instrumentalists, and strategies for injury prevention and rehabilitation. From the conservatory to the concert stage, presenters shared valuable insights to benefit all stages of an artist's career. Workshops put those lessons into practice, applying body awareness for better-balanced performers. "Caring for Artists and Arts that Heal" provided hands-on experience for USF music students who were experiencing performing-related injuries.  The students had opportunities to interact with world-renowned experts who examined causes and explored recovery strategies of their issues.USF-PAMA,with the high quality of presenters and participants,promises to grow as a community of care-givers, healing-providers, researchers, and educators.
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Other Upcoming Regional Meetings

November 20 - 21, 2015
Cleveland Clinic Lerner Institute
Cleveland, Ohio

Health and Safety in the Arts Program
With its strong arts traditions and focus on healthcare, Cuba offers special insights into health issues in the arts.
January 24 - 31, 2016 (subject to change)
Havana, Cuba

2016 PAMA Symposium Dates and Location Announced!

We hope to see you in New York!

Calling All Yoga Instructors

PAMA is in search for a yoga instructor for the 2015 symposium in Snowmass, Colorado. If you are interested, please contact Julie Massaro at  


Join the Participants' Performance

Saturday, July 11, 2015 (during the PAMA symposium)

3:00 pm

Share your musical, dance, voice, or acting talent with other attendees through this fun and entertaining venue.

If you wish to participate, send an email to Julie Massaro at or Jennie Morton at

In the News

PAMA's Clay Miller is quoted in an article which appeared in the Health section of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The article is titled "Performing artists are rehearsing - at the gym."
Click here to read the article.

Advertise with PAMA

The PAMA symposium is a brilliant way to reach your target audience. Our attendees include physicians, therapists, educators, artistic directors, athletic trainers and other health care and performing arts professionals. The deadline to submit artwork for the 2015 symposium is June 8, 2015.
Click here for the advertising guide

Congratulations to PAMA Member

Janice Gudde Plastino was awarded the first Annual Educator Award Sept, 2014 by The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).  The award was presented at Chapman University, Orange, CA by Robin Kish, representing the IADMS Education Committee.  The audience was comprised of conference attendees, many former students of Plastino, colleagues and her family. 

Conference Gear

Starting next week, you will be able to purchase shirts, mugs, and other merchandise of the 2015 symposium. Visit our website and click on the "Shop PAMA" link on the home page. Your purchase helps to support the PAMA mission.



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