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Injury Characteristics and Outcomes at a Performing Arts School Clinic

Clay Miller. Gene Moa
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 13 Number 3: Page 120 (September 1998)

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Abstract: This study's objective was to document the types of musculoskeletal injuries sustained by all artists at a local performing arts school along with the treatment outcomes and effectiveness from an on-campus arts medicine clinic during one year. The study design was a retrospective chart review by an independent observer. The results showed 41 total injured artists, with an incidence of 19.5% for the school year. Dancers had the most injuries, followed by musicians, then theater majors and visual artists. The most common site of injuries for dancers was the foot/ankle, then the leg, hip, knee/back, and arm/shoulder. Musicians' most common site of injury was the elbow, followed by the neck/shoulder and then the hand/wrist. 97.6% of all injuries resolved in an average of 4.5 weeks. No students missed any academic classes for these injuries. This on-campus arts medicine clinic was highly successful and effective in diagnosing and treating the artists' injuries.

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