35th Annual PAMA Symposium

No Gain With Pain:  Preventing and Overcoming Physical and Emotional Pain in Performing Artists

June 29 - July 2, 2017 (Thursday - Sunday)

Westin Resorts - Snowmass, Colorado

Join PAMA and our colleagues in Snowmass, Colorado for the 2017 PAMA Symposium as we come together to address artists and performers health issues.

We are accepting abstracts for the 35th annual PAMA Symposium on Medical Problems of Performing Artists. We encourage the submission of research-based abstracts. Educational abstracts as well as proposals for workshops will also be accepted. Abstracts submitted to PAMA will be reviewed by the Symposium Program Committee. The abstract submission system is designed to make submitting abstracts more uniform.

All professionals and students are encouraged to submit an abstract. Submissions are not restricted to PAMA members. You will be notified of acceptance by January 31, 2017.

Please use the links to the right to navigate through submission requirements, templates, and upload forms. View the 2017 call for abstracts.

Target Audience

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


1. Identify current determinants of mental and physical health in performers leading to problems that contribute to harmful lifestyle choices, injuries and illness in performing artists of all genres.  
2. Apply emerging research and treatment options emphasizing concepts of neuroplasticity and integrative medicine for psychological health, neuromuscular conditions, hearing and vocal health of performers.  
3. Share specific Best Practice assessment tools, treatment applications, and implications for the performing arts clinician.  
4. Describe and increase awareness of performers’ risk and lifestyle factors leading to substance use disorders, eating, mood and anxiety disorders and the treatments available.
5. Integrate education and information about the potential health risks of human performance and related environments in the care of both students and professional performing artists.  
6. Define and review the role of community-based organizations supporting the health and wellness of performing artists.  
7. Summarize and apply emerging best practices in integrative medicine in the management of chronic pain conditions in performing artists, as below:

  • Review the definition of pain; distinguish the difference between acute and chronic pain, and review the different management techniques.  
  • Discuss the on-going evolution of pain management, with an update on current concepts of pain management in the United States, and how it applies to performing artists.  
  1. Review the risks, benefits, and side effects of opioid management for pain
  2. Review non-medication pain management options

8. Recognize and apply best practices in the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders and “process addictions” in performing artists.

Questions may be directed to Dorry Allen  or Julie Massaro

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