Posts Tagged ‘Ballet’

Performing Arts Medicine Graduates at IADMS Conference in Hong Kong

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

We are delighted that two of our Performing Arts Medicine graduates from the University College London Master’s degree in Performing Arts Medicine presented their research results at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) 26th annual conference at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

Susanna Piculell, a Swedish Physiotherapist working in private practice and with the Swedish Volleyball team, undertook research with the Royal Ballet into pre-seasonal screening and injury rates in classical ballet. Since graduating from UCL she has relocated to Sweden and integrated her gained knowledge and skills at Lunds Dans och Musikalgymnasium (a secondary school for dance and musical theatre students), Malmoe Academy of Music and Artists and Musicians health in Malmoe. Experiences from her MSc (including the many observations at the BAPAM clinic) have contributed not only to Susanna’s clinical work but also to new career opportunities. She is now also lecturing on ergonomics and healthy lifestyles for musicians.

Karolin Krell, Physiotherapist and Osteopath, works in private practice in London and regularly tours with the German National Rowing and Skeleton Team. She explored sleep and rest habits amongst performing artists during her MSc studies and presented her results during the science poster session in Hong Kong. Since completing her MSc she also practices on site at the London Contemporary Dance School and supported various circus and dance companies backstage to keep busy tour schedules rolling. Furthermore, Karolin is very eager and involved in the newly formed UK Osteopathic Performing Arts Care Association (OPACA), an interest group for osteopathic students and osteopaths involved or interested in the health care of performing artists.

Susanna and Karolin both share a passion to support and develop performing arts medicine and enjoyed the conference very much. IADMS strives to enhance the health, well-being, training and performance of dancers by ‘cultivating educational, medical and scientific excellence’. The meeting in Hong Kong proved to be a wonderful opportunity to exchange thoughts and ideas with dance medicine and science experts from all over the world. After four exciting days filled with seminars, poster presentations, movement sessions and social events (and tropical storms!) Susanna and Karolin returned inspired with new ideas for management and treatment approaches within the dance sector. Amongst many things, it was very beneficial to have the opportunity to network and connect with peers. Meeting other delegates from Finland and Sweden allowed Susanna to further develop collaboration between Scandinavian performing arts medicine practitioners. One idea is to arrange a smaller Scandinavian meeting in 2017 as an additional networking opportunity prior to the IADMS 28th meeting, which will be in Helsinki 2018.

Susanna and Karolin are very grateful in particular to the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and their supervisors that guided them though their studies at the University College London.

Susanna was winner of the BAPAM prize in 2015 for the UCL PAM MSc Research Project.

Both Susanna and Karolin received BAPAM Shipley-Rudge Research & Education Awards to support attendance at research conferences to present their MSc research during 2016. BAPAM is able to offer these awards thanks an annual donation from Dr Mike Shipley and Philip Rudge.

UK Survey of Muscle and Joint Health in Retired Professional Ballet Dancers

Monday, April 20th, 2015

A research team at the University of East Anglia studying the development of musculoskeletal injuries in retired ballet dancers has produced a 10 minute survey posing questions on previous and current joint and muscle pain. The survey is online here,, and all UK retired professional ballet dancers are invited to contribute. The team is hoping to gain a nationwide picture of current experiences of muscle and joint care among this group, helping to develop future research.

Research: Professional Ballet Dancers’ Attitudes to Osteopathy

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Are you, or have you been a professional ballet dancer?

Have you been treated by an osteopath?

If so, would you be happy to be interviewed about it?

Toby Smith is a former professional ballet dancer, now training to be an osteopath, who is undertaking a research project exploring the attitudes and opinions of professional ballet dancers towards osteopathy.

Toby is currently recruiting participants for the project. Interviews will last 30-45 minutes, and take place at a time and place convenient to you.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Toby directly by email:

This project has been approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the The British School of Osteopathy.

The results of the project will be shared with BAPAM, and we’ll report back with a summary in the future.

Justin Howse IADMS Lifetime Service Award

Monday, March 14th, 2011

BAPAM would like to extend our congratulations to Mr Justin Howse on his receipt of a Lifetime Service Award from the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science!


Lifetime Service Award

Mr A.J.G (Justin) Howse


In honor of your exemplary service to dancers
and your outstanding contributions to
dance medicine and dance science


Justin Howse is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, former BAPAM Trustee and Senior Physician with vast experience within the performing arts especially concerning dance. He has contributed to numerous publications and is co-author of the book Dance Technique & Injury Prevention, now in its 4th edition.

Justin has lectured worldwide on dance injuries.  He was also Orthopaedic Consultant to The Royal Ballet School, The English National Ballet (company and school), The Royal Academy of Dancing and the Royal Society of Musicians amongst others. He is now retired and travels as much as his hectic schedule allows.