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IADMS: International Association for Dance Medicine & Science

Posted May 09 2008 12:34pm

Dedicated to Dancer's Health!

The largest organization promoting dance science internationally is the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, (IADMS). As well as producing a scientific peer-reviewed journal, it also holds annual conference. The IADMS promotes medical, scientific, and educational activities aimed at enhancing the treatment and training of dancers with the ultimate goal of improving dancers’ health, well-being, and performance. You can visit the IADMS homepage at www.iadms.org.

The International Association for Dance Medicine & Science was formed in 1990 by an international group of dance medicine practitioners, dance educators, dance scientists, and dancers. Membership is drawn equally from the medical and dance professions, and has grown from an initial 48 members in 1991 to over 900 members at present world-wide, representing 35 countries. The organization has held an annual conference since its inception, drawing several hundred participants each year. Beginning in 1997, a separate “Day For Teachers” has been held before or after the annual conference. In 2005 a "Special Interests Group (SIG) Day" was held in association with the Annual Meeting for the first time and included separate programs for dance educators, kinesiology teachers, and orthopedic surgeons. The 2007 SIG Day included separate programs for: dance educators; physiotherapists and other allied health professionals; and dance movement researchers.

The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science was created to serve as a forum for education, promotion of research, and public service in the field of dance medicine and science. The organization is committed to providing continuing education for the dance and medical communities as well as the public regarding efficient training for dance, correct physical conditioning to prevent illness and injury resulting from dance activity, proper nutrition for the dancer, and appropriate treatment and rehabilitation for dance-related injuries. The education is in the form of meetings, publications, audio-visual resources, and other media. Communication and cooperation are encouraged and developed between dancers and those persons in the fields of medicine, science, and education concerned with dancers' physical and psychological welfare. IADMS works to enhance the visibility of dance medicine/science specialists within the dance community and the general public.

IADMS also promotes an international network of communication between dance and medicine, recruiting membership and conference participation internationally from both fields. I personally am a member of IADMS and I highly recommend joining! The ability to network with other dance medicine and science professionals is amazing and by joining you receive their quarterly Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, discounts on all IADMS publications and conferences and precious information on dance injuries care and prevention and dancer's health. It is worth it to join IADMS even if it’s just to be able to search the members directory for physicians - such as chiropractors, doctors, podiatrists, psychologists, osteopaths and more that work specifically with dancers! IADMS offer many discounted membership fees for students and those involved in the dance world.

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