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Patient Information Documents

Concussions - Information for Performers

Within the fields of sports and performing arts medicine, the incidence and treatment of concussion has become an increasingly important topic. Learn more about concussions in performers, including signs and symptoms, management and safe return to performance. This three page monograph is from Dance USA.
PDF concussion-danceusa-10-26-15.pdf

Concussion Fact Sheet

This one page information sheet summarizes the diagnosis and treatment of concussions in performers. From the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries.
PDF concussions-performers-info-sheet-2016-sept.pdf

Returning to Play for Musicians: Playing Schedule

Information on how musicians should return to playing their instrument after an overuse injury, including a recommended playing schedule.
PDF returning-to-play-for-musicians.pdf

When Can I Start Pointe Work?

Article written by Dr. Weiss for parents and dance students, as well as for dance educators and medical professionals.  The paper provides guidance regarding the age at which a student can safely begin pointe work.
PDF start-pointe.pdf

Web Links

Dr. Weiss at NYU Langone Health
http://nyulangone.org/doctors/1467453001/david-s-weiss
Dr. Weiss’ NYU Langone Health website.

Immediate Care Center at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital (“I-Care”)
http://nyulangone.org/locations/samuels-orthopaedic-immediate-care-center
This walk-in urgent care center treats orthopedic problems only.  As a result, there is much less of a wait as compared to an emergency room.  The center is staffed by emergency room physicians from NYU Langone Medical Center and has complete x-ray facilities on-site.  It is open from 8 am to 10:30 pm, 7 days a week.

Harkness Center for Dance Injuries
http://www.med.nyu.edu/hjd/harkness/
Information about the clinical, educational, and research activities of this center, where Dr. Weiss is Associate Director.  Information for patients (including “Common Dance Injuries”), for students (including “Dance Medicine as a Career”) and for dance medicine professionals.

The Dancers’ Resource – The Actors Fund
https://actorsfund.org/services-and-programs/dancers-resource/
Geared toward professional dancers dealing with significant injury, these professionals can help by mitigating the isolation many dancers experience during recovery by providing emotional support and sharing resources.

Mental Health Services for Performers
https://actorsfund.org/services-and-programs/mental-health/
A referral service to licensed clinicians who help entertainment industry professionals and their families deal with issues like work and personal stress, anxiety, depression and life transitions.

Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/list-all/
A comprehensive reference on herbs and supplements from the National Institutes of Health.

Informational Papers on Dancer Health (Dance USA)
https://www.danceusa.org/informational-papers
These papers from the Task Force on Dancer Health are educational overviews on topics that are important for the professional dance community.

Eccentric Exercise – Achilles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EBB54fyiOQ
This short video demonstrates the technique for performing calf eccentric strengthening exercises, used to treat achilles tendinopathy.

Eccentric Exercise – Quadriceps
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul09qA4hJQg
This short video demonstrates the technique for performing quadriceps eccentric strengthening exercises, used to treat patellar tendinopathy (jumper’s knee).

Career Transition For Dancers
https://actorsfund.org/services-and-programs/career-transition-dancers
Career Transition For Dancers, a program of the Actors Fund, enables dancers to define their career possibilities and develop the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines.

Performing Arts Medicine Association
http://www.artsmed.org
Educational organization for the performing arts medicine community.

International Association for Dance Medicine & Science
http://www.iadms.org
Educational organization for the dance medicine community.

Actors’ Equity Supplemental Workers’ Compensation
http://equityleague.org/my-health-plan/supplemental-workers-compensation/
Information on supplemental Workers’ Compensation benefits (formerly known as salary continuance benefits) available to Actors’ Equity performers who are injured on the job and lose time and salary as a result.

Workers’ Compensation Board, New York State
www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/Workers/Workers.jsp
Information for patients (“workers”) regarding on-the-job injuries in New York, including benefits, treatment guidelines, hearings, and complaints (“Advocate for Injured Workers”).