This month's featured member is Susanna Piculell of University College London. Susanna is a physiotherapist specialising in dance medicine. Her areas of interest include injury prevention, preseason functional screenings, periodization for dancers and performance psychology.
-How did you first get interested in dance science/medicine?
I’ve always been fascinated by dance, both as a spectator and a performer. Nevertheless, I felt pretty early that the performing artist profession was not for me, so I decided to approach the field from another angle by combining my dance, exercise and health interests. Thus, I decided to become a physiotherapist and specialize in dance medicine.
-Are you currently participating in research? Can you give us your elevator pitch about your research area?
My MSc research proposal is on-going and due to be finished in September 2015. The aim of the study is to investigate whether there is a correlation between two preseason tests (knee to wall and single leg calf capacity) and subsequent injury to feet and ankle in professional ballet dancers. This is to gain a little further understanding of possible underlying factors behind these, far too common, ballet injuries and what kind of preseason tests are worthwhile to include. I see it as a small step that can lead on to future studies, new questions and new pointers.
-Which Annual Meeting has been your favourite so far and why?
I have only been to one, but the 21st Annual Meeting was wonderful. It was my first international gathering with other people like me, “dance nerds,” who also possess a fascination and enthusiasm to optimize dance performance.
-In which ways has IADMS helped you grow in your field of study?
Particularly after my BSc graduation in 2011, the JDMS has been very important to keep me updated on the progress of dance medicine. I also see IADMS as an essential source for networking, the world of dance medicine is still rather small and we need to collaborate and share our knowledge to keep on moving forward.
-What would you say to a student thinking of joining IADMS?
Do it! Especially now when you’re a student, not only because it is cheaper but also because now you might be needing it the most, in terms of career advice, access to literature and networking.
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Special thanks to the “5 Questions With...” Sub-committee, Andrea Alvarez and Siobhan Mitchell.