Submit an Abstract - 2019

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.

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 Research Committee. All professionals and students are encouraged to submit an abstract. Submissions are not restricted to PAMA members.

Important Points:

  • An author can be the first or presenting author on only ONE abstract. An author can be a secondary author on an unlimited number of abstracts.
  • Submissions will only be accepted via the form submission system below. You must use the form appropriate to the type of abstract you are submitting. See "Select your submission type" below.
  • The abstract should be “blind”; that is, nowhere in the body of the abstract should any author's name or institution be identified. Click here for complete blinding instructions.
  • PAMA will not accept any abstract that contains, or may be interpreted as, an attempt to promote or sell any specific company, product, or service. Prior to submitting your abstract, you will be required to acknowledge this information.
  • Explain exactly WHAT you will present. It is not sufficient to say that “The results of this study will be presented.” or “Information will be presented.”
  • The content of the abstract must not exceed 400 words. There are many word processing programs that will provide a word count. You may download a "worksheet" below to begin working on your abstract submission. Once you are ready to submit, click the appropriate link below to begin. The content of your abstract MUST be entered (or copied from your worksheet and pasted) in to the appropriate field in the submission form.
  • When you have completed your abstract submission, you will be taken to the Conflict of Interest Reporting Form. You must complete this form. If your abstract is accepted ALL co-authors listed on your abstract will also be required to complete this form.

DO NOT include: illustrations, tables, references, authors' biographical information. If your abstract is accepted you will have the opportunity to expand your original submission to include more information, references, etc.

Select your submission type:


Description: Research study (basic, applied, clinical, descriptive, interventional, etc.)
Click here to download a research presentation abstract worksheet to work from


Description: Educational offering (Includes case studies and case series)
Click here to download an education presentation abstract worksheet to work from


Description: Workshops are meant to be an interactive lecture with live demonstration or audience participation. Authors are to strive toward 50% interactivity for the time allotted. NO commercial promotion is allowed. 
Click here to download a workshop presentation abstract worksheet to work from

Blinding of Abstracts

The abstract should be “blind”; i.e., all information that can identify any author or an author’s institution cannot be in the abstract; names of where a study takes place cannot be in the abstract.

How to ensure your abstract is blind:

1. Leave out all authors' information including information about their credentials, specialties, and institutions. Any author's name and biographical information should not be needed to make a point in your abstract. Authors' institutions cannot be named but can be described as "a tertiary medical center", "a large university dance program in a major metropolitan area", etc.

2. Do not use the name or the location of the group you are studying. However, a general description of the location or type of group is acceptable, such as "a large group of dancers in an elite university graduate program".

Not blinded (do not submit): As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in ankle injuries, Dr. Smith will be presenting a case series of surgically repaired ankle injuries from the NYU dance program....
Blinded (suitable to submit): A case series of ankle injuries from a university dance program in a large metropolitan city, will be presented highlighting the important aspects of the surgical care. Methods: retrospective case study from a tertiary medical center.


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