Sports Medicine Broadcast

Sports Medicine Broadcast

Dance Medicine with Jatin – 636

May 22, 2020

What do you know about Dance Medicine?

Jatin Ambegaonkar joins Sarah Gill live in the expo hall in Las Vegas during the 2019 NATA Convention.

What are y'all doing at George Mason

Started in 2007 with a strong dance program, but no medical support.

Documentation!!!! This showed it needed a more a attention and resources for the performing arts facility

Clinical and research area fed off each other

Aesthetic Athletes

How does this impact the way you work with the athletes?

It changes a lot of things…nobody cares what an NBA player looks like jumping and landing.

These athletes need to know their maximum and work below that…what is the maximum you can perform and still maintain your game face

It needs to look effortless and easy

We as AT are tasked to knowing when to push through and when to back off.  Jatin, how do we know where the line is?

They need to recognize the 5 signs of inflammation




Loss of function


Only 28% of dance athletes have specific healthcare access

We are focusing on empowering them to know when and how to reach out

How is your interaction with your instructors, choreographers?

Similar to a coach, but possibly a stronger bond to coach than the health care provider

Talk some more about your SMART lab

Collaborative endeavor: Sports Medicine Assessment Research and testing lab

15 years old now

Performance improvement across the life span of physically active people

Determine the quality of life the patient desires

Looking at dance to reduce the risk of obesity in middle schools

Focuses on benefiting the athletic community as a whole.

Recommendations for a small school or dance medicine clinic?

The buy-in is more important than the actual facility or equipment.

KEY – recognize who these people are and what the demands placed on their body

Pilates reformer

A full-length mirror is very important for this crowd.

Standard basic injury care gear

What does return to activity after concussion in the performing visual arts

No consensus yet

Focus on return to learn

Mimic the athletics model – warm-up at a symptom-free, gradual return to participation.

Most concussions for dance are in training rather than the performance which is the opposite of athletics.

Early Return to Activity – 

Issues with the cognitive portion

Take-Home Points

* Recognize there is a need for the healthcare of this population.* How to speak their language and listen to them* Treat them as a whole person rather than an ankle injury or knee injury* Allowing them to work around the team decreases the social isolation and improves recovery more in this population

Does Jatin Dance?