Research Initiatives

The goal of the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries’ (HCDI) research program is to execute scientifically sound studies which address current topics in the field of Dance Medicine requiring scientific investigation.

Current Investigations

  • Functional outcomes in dance: return to function after physical therapy for common operative and non-operative dance injuries
  • Effects of manual therapy intervention, therapeutic exercise and self-efficacy on recovery duration
  • Prevention of anterior cruciate ligament Injuries in dance and sport
  • Implementation of the electronic International Performing Arts Injury Reporting System
  • Prevention of injury based on the biomechanical impact of jump landings, inclined surfaces, shoe-floor interface, and fatigue
  • Dance concussion epidemiology, knowledge and behaviors, and normative baseline values
  • Analysis of ergonomic factors affecting dance injury rates
  • Adolescent concerns:  pointe-readiness, partnering demands, strength training and periodization
  • Multivariate analysis of the epidemiology of dance injuries considering intrinsic, extrinsic and situational factors
  • Technical Report of the Standard Measures Consensus Initiative of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science

Recognized By

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Eastern Athletic Trainers Association
  • Hospital for Joint Diseases’ Annual Alumni Conference and Traveling Fellows Conferences
  • International Association for Dance Medicine & Science
  • National Athletic Trainers' Association
  • National Dance Education Organization
  • New York Physical Therapy Association
  • New York Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine
  • Performing Arts Medical Association

Research Support Provided by:  The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation