Better Healthcare for Performing Artists

They Deserve It!

better healthcare performing artists

I used to have a list of stories as long as my arm from dancers and other performing artists frustrated by their visits to doctors. But, now that list is as long as both arms and both legs, with a high chance that I will need to add more appendages to keep count. ArtistsĀ need better healthcare!

Few things make my blood boil faster than hearing about performing artists who have bad experiences with doctors or other healthcare workers. Caring for someone properly requires first a sense of compassion and, second, a willingness to help someone to the best of your ability. Why is this apparently so difficult?

Concussions During Theater

Performing Arts Need Concussion Attention Just Like Sports Get

concussions during theater

Concussions during theater? Yes, that’s right. They’re a huge problem that happen, for the most part, “off the grid.” In other words, they are not publicized, nor are they cared for properly most of the time.

As an athletic trainer, my education and licensing includes evaluating and caring for those who suffer concussions. Back in 2002, I chose to change my career direction and apply my skills to performing artists instead of traditional athletes. They have an enormous need for proper, specialized healthcare for concussions and every other injury they encounter. Today I lead a performing arts medicine program at Ohio University that I designed to meet the healthcare needs of the university’s performing arts students. But, I want to focus on theater here.