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Performing Arts Medicine (PAM) day

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

It’s been a busy year for all things Performing Arts Medicine (PAM). Here’s a look back at one of the highlights of the year.

The annual PAM DAY 2018 was held at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health on 21st July and organised by the Department of Performing Arts Medicine at UCL. It was a chance for health professionals, stage performers, and students and staff in health sciences and academics to get acquainted with this area. The idea is that they learn about clinical assessments, recovery and rehabilitation specific to performers in music and dance, as well as performer health education and injury prevention.

Programme lead of the Msc at UCL is musckuloskeletal doctor Dr Hara Trouli, who’s also one of BAPAM’s assessing clinicians. Here she is talking about how the day went.

“PAM day was a successful event for BAPAM practitioners and all clinicians and performers who attended. A range of presentations in music and dance with two streams running all day gave attendees the opportunity to learn a variety of topics, to meet MSc graduates and tutors and to hear about their research projects. PAM DAY received great feedback and we are pleased to see the growing interest and participation in these events.”

The Performing Arts Medicine MSc at UCL is a unique programme providing specialised training to those interested or already involved in offering health services to this very special sector of instrumental musicians, singers, dancers, actors and other performing artists.

Applications for the next academic year in September 2019 is open and closes on 26th July 2019. Click here to find out more

August 2018 Newsletter

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Read our August 2018 Newsletter here

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Arts Specialist Psychologists and Psychotherapists

PPL CEO Peter Leathem Appointed BAPAM Chairman

BAPAM Training Day: The Performance Environment

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Research Published into Ballet Dancers’ Experiences of Injury and Osteopathy

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Osteopath, Toby Pollard-Smith, has published his research into Professional ballet dancers’ experience of injury and osteopathic treatment in the UK  in the January 2017 issue of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. BAPAM helped recruit participants for the project, which Toby undertook while training to be an osteopath.

Toby’s previous career as a professional ballet dancer contributed to his interest and expertise in treating dance injuries, and we were recently pleased to welcome him to our Directory of Practitioners. Toby, who is also a keen trumpet player, treats dancers, musicians and other performing artists in Ascot and Marlow. Find Toby Pollard-Smith on the BAPAM Directory.

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.

Event Report: NUMI Conference 2013

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Ian MacDonald reports from the November 2013 conference of NUMI (Norsk Underholdningsmedisinsk Institutt), Namsos, Norway. 

It was a great privilege to be in Norway representing both BAPAM and University College London (UCL), at the second Norwegian Music Medicine conference. The setting for the event was the picturesque city of Namsos, nestling on the water’s edge in the heart of Norway. Namsos boasts an impressive percentage of performers for a place of only 14,000 inhabitants, with over 700 dancers, over a thousand singers and literally dozens (somebody said 63) of professional or semi-professional rock bands….incredible! This year’s NUMI coincided with the international festival, ‘Singing Cities Project’, involving many hundreds of performances from the very famous to the just starting out.

NUMI’s founder and main instigator is Dr Terje Tranaas, a former dentist and keyboard player for the Norwegian equivalent of the Rolling Stones. He has around him an impressive team of multi-talented individuals all keen to see the development of performing arts medicine in Norway.

The second conference brought together an impressive but select group of thinkers involved in the cutting edge of performing arts medicine development. A roundtable day, with presentations from Oslo, Denmark, Sweden and the UK, discussing the structuring of a service that would accommodate Norway’s population of 5 million, dotted throughout its mountainous terrain of 45,000 islands and 25,000 km of wild coastline.

They have had an eye on the UK and USA for some time and in fact, Terje’s wife attended some modules of the Performance Science MSc at RCM a few years ago and was impressed. This led to discussions regarding the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL. One proposal now being explored would be to send a Norwegian medic to London on a yearly basis as an envoy and future educator and practitioner specialising in care for the performer.

Recent developments in Scandinavia include the creation of the first Danish Performing Arts Medicine Clinic (which opened in June and has specialist facilities for ENT) and the second music medicine conference in Pieta, northern Sweden.

There are some obvious issues regarding transportation and logistics in Scandinavia and there are some legal difficulties regarding insurance and funding for Skype and telephone assessments. However, any services being provided, where there have been none before will undoubtedly be met with enthusiasm by performers all over the region. The desire of the NUMI team to emulate the ‘hub’ style operation we have at BAPAM was very evident and by far the most popular model being presented at the weekend.

We have promised to keep supporting Terje and NUMI in their start-up over the next few years and will continue communicating with the team there.  A second potential visit to lecture next February has already been muted. Watch this space for NUMI News.

Treating the Professional Dancer – Healthy Performers CPD Course

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

A one-day CPD course for musculo-skeletal practitioners, dance scientists & teachers interested in dance injury management, organised by Osteopath and Performing Arts Medicine MSc lecturer and module leader, Jennie Morton (

Please note: this is an independent event, and is not organised by BAPAM. 

For further info or to request a booking form, please email

Sunday September 8th 2013
10.30am – 5.30pm
269a Archway Road, London. N6 5AA

Common dance injuries & their aetiology
An overview of dance genres & their specific challenges
The issues of hypermobility
The postural, technique & environmental issues faced by dancers
Assessment, treatment & management approaches for injured dancers
Dance demonstration & interaction with professional dancers

7 Hours CPD

Course Fee £115 (Students £95)

Course Tutor:
Jennie Morton BSc (Hons) Osteopathy
UCL Honorary Lecturer & Module Leader for the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine, UCL Division of Surgery
& Interventional Science
Osteopath & Lecturer for The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine
Speaker for Dance UK: Healthier Dancer Programme

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.

BAPAM Newsletter April 2013

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Our current newsletter is now available in pdf format here: 

BAPAM Newsletter April 2013

  1. May 18th Training Day, Cardiff University
  2. Research and Education Bursary Fund
  3. Directory of Performing Arts Medicine Specialists and Practitioners
  4. Student Advocate Scheme
  5. Event Reports
  6. Justin Howse
  7. Fran Nevrkla OBE
  8. Staff News
  9. 2013 Review and Improvement Plan
  10. Service Monitoring – How Are We Doing?
  11. Fundraising, Mountain Climbing


Toronto Meeting of PAMA

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

February 16/17, 2013: Jennie Morton, osteopath and lecturer on the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL, will give a presentation titled Embodying the Instrument – Healthy Practice for Musicians at the forthcoming Toronto meeting of the Performing Arts Medicine Association, When the Artist’s Body Says No – Stress and the Mind-Body Unity in Health and Disease.

Check this pdf for detailed information: PAMA Toronto 2013 Brochure.

Watch this space for Jennie’s report for BAPAM from the event, which also covers healthy dance practice, hearing protection, artists’ mind and body development, and the lessons we can learn from sports medicine.