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2007 Annual Meeting – Overview

17th Annual Meeting

Thursday - Saturday, 25 - 27 October 2007
Special Interest Groups Day Sunday, 28 October 2007

Canberra, Australia

at the Australian Institute of Sport

Overview

The 17th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) will be held 25 - 27 October 2007 in Canberra, Australia. Special Interest Groups Day will be held 28 October 2007. The venue will be the Australian Institute of Sport, Australia’s pre-eminent sports training and research institution. The co-hosts of the meeting will be The Australian Ballet School, the Australian Dance Council – Ausdance and the Australian Sports Commission.

Target Audience
This three-day conference is directed to those involved with the health-care, education, administration and supervision of dancers, including physicians, allied health professionals, alternative healthcare practitioners, psychologists, arts administrators, artistic directors, choreographers, educators, scientists, movement specialists, and dancers.

Objectives
Upon completion of this conference, attendees will:
1. Gain insights into the causes and treatments of musculoskeletal problems in dancers, as well as strategies for prevention.
2. Enhance their understanding of recent dance science research and its application to the training and treatment of dancers.
3. Develop an awareness of the physiological demands of dance.
4. Enhance their knowledge regarding the psychological issues that affect dancers.
5. Be inspired to move in new ways and to incorporate new techniques into their teaching after participating in a variety of movement sessions.
6. Increase their ability to communicate effectively with other dance professionals, be they dancers, dance educators, dance scientists, movement specialists, or health care professionals.

Special Interest Groups Day
This special one-day conference (Sunday, 28 October 2007) will consist of meetings for specialty groups from the dance medicine and science community. A Day for Teachers will present concepts and techniques in lectures and movement sessions to assist teachers with applying science in the dance studio. Topics will focus on ways to assist dancers with improving technique and performance skills through balancing current research with tradition. A Day for Physiotherapists and Other Allied Health Professionals is for anyone interested in the conservative treatment of dance injuries. The day will focus on the hip, including common injuries, causes and treatment, and will include both lecture and practical sessions. Emphasis will be on the exchange of ideas, techniques and knowledge among allied health professionals. A Day for Dance Movement Researchers will explore the various ways in which dance can be better understood through the use of technology such as 3D motion analysis, electromyography and force platforms. The day will include discussions about the relevance of such technology as well as its future potential application to dance training, injury prevention and performance optimization.

Post-Conference Day will be presented in Melbourne on Monday, 29 October 2007, with a special program of open-house events at The Australian Ballet School, The Australian Ballet, the Victorian College of the Arts School of Dance and Chunky Move, Victoria’s leading contemporary dance company.

Special Welcome Address by Paul Hodges, BPhty(Hons), MedDr(Neurosci), PhD
Professor Paul Hodges is a Senior Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Director of the NHMRC Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health at the University of Queensland, Australia. Professor Hodges, whose vast body of research makes an invaluable contribution to dance medicine and science, was awarded the 2006 Prize from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. His address will focus on Challenges for control of the spine.

Meeting Committee
Virginia Wilmerding, PhD - IADMS President (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)
Marika Molnar, PT, LAc - (New York, New York, USA)
Rachel Rist, MA - IADMS Past President (Tring, Hertfordshire, England)

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