Performing Artist: Comprehensive Management


Performing Artist: Comprehensive Management


January 20-21, 2018
Instructor: Dr. Jessica Davis, PT, DPT, OCS

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Target Audience:

Physical therapists, physical therapy students, medical and osteopathic physicians


Contact Hours:

Approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Association for
16 ED hours. Approval #647-7013



Course Objectives:

1.     Perform a thorough evaluation using clinical practice guidelines and current best evidence to determine physical exam data collection

2.     Demonstrate proficiency in performing a standardized, dance specific screen to objectively evaluate movement patterns associated with injury risk in dancers.

3.     Understand the psychosocial factors that may predispose a dancer to injury and/or impair recovery from injury.

4.     Enhance knowledge of blending classic dance training philosophy and modern evidence-based therapeutic exercise models to optimize performance and prevention of injury

5.     Demonstrate an excellent understanding of current best evidence in regards to manual therapy, thrust and non-thrust joint mobilization techniques, in the treatment of common dance injuries.

6.     Demonstrate proper technique with mobilization and thrust manipulation to the lower quarter and lumbar spine.

7.     Demonstrate proper technique with all dance-specific exercises and their home exercise counterparts

8.     Understand basic programming principles to enhance performance and avoid training error that may result in preventable injury


Speaker Biography:

Jessica Davis, PT, DPT, OCS has been practicing in outpatient orthopedics since graduating from Duquesne University in 1999. She became board certified in orthopedics in 2002 and received her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Chatham University in 2008. She is currently pursuing her fellowship in orthopedic manual therapy at Evidence in Motion with anticipated completion July, 2017.

Jessica currently practices as a staff physical therapist in Seven Fields, PA. Prior to joining Seven Fields, she was the clinical director of an outpatient private practice for 12 years. Jessica started her career in southern California.  Jessica’s passion is manual therapy for treatment of all orthopedic conditions, especially in the performing arts community. 

Jessica maintains various professional memberships, including the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA), where she currently serves as an alternate delegate for the House of Delegates.  She has also served as the education committee liaison for the PPTA’s Southwest District. Jessica has also pursued teaching for a variety of continuing education courses offered at Chatham University and with EZ Evidence. She served as the primary provider of physical therapy for the dance department at Slippery Rock University. As a former dancer, she purses excellence in treating performing artists, gymnasts, and other athletes.



Course Description:

This course will cover current best evidence in the physical therapy management of the performing artist.   Lecture material will cover current best practice on evaluation and functional screening, summarize the most prevalent injuries/conditions, and discuss the application of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise strategies for the dance population.  Lab sessions will emphasize manual therapy interventions, re-education of common movement patterns, and dance specific therapeutic exercise strategies.