International Performing Arts Injury Reporting System
There is currently no standard injury surveillance system in broad use among members of the performing arts medicine and science community. In 2009, NYU Langone’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries established a free, secure, electronic platform for use of its International Performing Arts Injury Reporting System (IPAIRS) by members of the performing arts medicine and science community. Created in 1981 by Marijeanne Liederbach, PhD, while she was dance medicine director for the Joffrey Ballet, IPAIRS is used collaboratively by multiple participating sites for collection of both screening and injury data with the aim of reducing injury risks and improving both clinical outcomes and prevention efforts.
Potential participants interested in being involved with IPAIRS must work under their organization’s institutional review board (IRB) or ethics board to protect human subjects. Other requirements include using one or more discrete denominator groups of performers and collaborating with a clinician licensed to diagnose injuries as an approved member of the research study team.
If you are interested in participating in IPAIRS or have questions about the project, please contact Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at firstname.lastname@example.org using “IPAIRS” in the subject line.