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Injury Prevention Program for NYC dancers at Harkness Center

Posted May 09 2008 12:34pm

Great news to all dancers in the New York City area! The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at the Hospital for Joint Diseases offers many subsidized and free services for the dance community including clinics staffed by orthopedists and dance physical therapists; state-of-the art research and rehabilitation technology and free injury prevention screenings and lectures.

The Harkness Center was founded as a program of the Hospital for Joint Diseases in 1989 in response to the New York dance community's critical need for specialized and affordable health care. More than 50% of dancers are uninsured and cannot afford the medical help they need. The Harkness Center offers a full variety of affordable health care programs from free preventative screenings through subsidized and sliding scale injury management systems.

The Harkness Center is proud to provide a new service to the dance community at NO COST!

The Injury Prevention Assessment Program (IPA) at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries is FREE and designed to educate dancers about how to avoid injuries by reviewing with them their style of dance and its technical demands as well as other lifestyle issues. A physical therapist will examine each dancer with a battery of physical tests and then, depending upon the unique findings, provide preventative strategies for those tendencies. Each IPA session lasts one hour and is by appointment. To schedule an IPA appointment, call 212-598-6022.

The Injury Prevention Assessment Program is strictly intended as a prevention and educational experience. If you currently have an existing injury, you should seek medical attention with one of the Harkness Center physicians by calling 212-598-6022.

You can read more about the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries and their upcoming free clinics and programs at!

I will highlight more about the Harkness Center and its ground-breaking dance science research in future posts - so be on the watch

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