Episode 23: Flying Safe, The Unique Demands of Aerial Arts

Aerial techniques, from trapeze to silks, were once relegated to circus acts but are becoming more mainstream in dance. As Emily Scherb, PT, DPT, explains in this episode, a ballet dancer might be asked to take flight to fulfill a piece in the company's repertoire, or a freelancer might train in aerial arts to expand and diversify their skill set. However, moving off the ground involves unique mechanics and requires exceptional strength, particularly in the upper extremity. Dr. Scherb describes how dancers can prepare themselves for this exciting genre as well as what healthcare providers should consider when treating aerial artists.

Photo of aerialist Jody Poth by photographer Danny Boulet of Witty Pixel.

Find Dr. Emily Scherb’s book, Applied Anatomy of Aerial Arts, An Illustrated Guide to Strength, Flexibility, Training, and Injury Prevention at NorthAtlanticBooks.com or wherever books are sold.

Get in touch with Emily by visiting her website, The Circus Doc, or by sending her an email at emily@thecircusdoc.com

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