Dancer Wellness (Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishers, 2017)

I have the privilege of being an author of chapter 9 in this textbook for dancers and dance teachers. This is an excellent resource, and all royalties from the book go to support the work of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science. I highly recommend it!

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From the publisher:

Dancers who want to get the most out of their experience in dance—whether in college, high school, a dance studio, or a dance company—can now take charge of their wellness. Dancer Wellness will help them learn and apply important wellness concepts as presented through the in-depth research conducted by the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) and their experts from around the world.

Dancer Wellness covers four primary topics:

  • Foundations of dancer wellness, which explores the dancer’s physical environment, the science behind training, and conditioning
  • Mental components of dancer wellness, which investigates the psychological aspects that influence a dancer’s training—imagery, somatic practices, and the ways that rest, fatigue, and burnout affect learning, technique, and injury risk and recovery
  • Physical aspects of dancer wellness, which examines dancer nutrition and wellness, including the challenges in maintaining good nutrition, addressing body composition issues, bone health, injury prevention, and first aid
  • Assessments for dancer wellness, which offers guidance in goal setting, screenings, assessing abilities, and designing a personal wellness plan

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