Suggested Reading

Articles/Resources by category

Compiled by Gina Pongetti,

Suggested Reading for Performing Arts Medicine Professionals
Medical, Instructors, etc.

General Performing Arts Medicine Texts for Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy and Injury Prevention

Grant, Gail. Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet.
ISBN 1-60796-031-1

Vincent. The Dancers Book of Health.
ISBN: 0-8362-2401-9

Solomon, Minton and Solomon. Preventing Dance Injuries: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
ISBN: 0-88314-425-5

Arnheim, Daniel. Dance Injuries: Their Prevention and Care
ISBN: 0-916622-80-0
A little old-school in train of thought. Does not incorporate a lot of options for modern therapy regimens, good base knowledge

Alter, Michael. The Science of Flexibility
ISBN: 0-87322-977-0
Great physiology behind all things stretching

Fitt, Sally Sevey. Dance Kinesiology.
ISBN: 13: 978-0-0286-4507-0
Technical and practical anatomy and kines class for PAM

Wright, Stuart. Dancer’s Guide to Injuries of the Lower Extremity.
ISBN: 0-8453-4782-9

Selected Papers from the Symposium on the Science and SOmatics of Dance. Kinesiology and Medicine for Dance.
By Priceton Periodicals, Inc. Pennington, NJ

Franklin, Eric. Conditioning for Dance: Training for peak performance.
ISBN: 13: 978-0-7360-4156-0

Martins, Peter, NYC Ballet. The New York City Ballet Workout.
ISBN: 0-688-15202-3

Dawson, William. Fit as a Fiddle: The Musician’s Guide to Playing Healthy.
ISBN: 13: 978-1-57886-683-0
By a hand surgeon from NW in Chicago, great resource

Solomon, Solomon, Minton. Preventing Dance Injuries
ISBN: 0-7360-5567-3

Horvath, Janet. Playing (less) Hurt.
ISBN: 978-0-9713735-5-6
2009, for teachers and musicians and medical. Great explanations

Conable, Barbara. What every musician needs to know about the body- The practical application to Body Mapping to making music.
ISBN: 0-9622595-6-x

Conable. What Every musician needs to know about the body: The Course.
Registration can be done calling 1-877-553-1766

Mark, Thomas. What every pianist needs to know about the body.
ISBN: 1-57999-206-4

Various Authors. Medical Problems of Performing Artists.
Volume 24, No 2, June 2009
Great article on wrist rotation in pianists, Delayed growth in gymnasts, bagpipers hernia, and Bassoon treatment.

Dance Technique Books for Performing Arts Medicine, Treatment and Injury Prevention

Greig, Valerie. Inside Ballet Technique
ISBN: 978-0-87127-191-4
Technique plus anatomy and why the body moves

Irish Dance Specific Medical Resources

DVD: Irish Dance Fitness Plan (Riverdance)


McArdle, Katch and Katch. Sports and Exercise Nutrition
ISBN 13:978-0-7817-7037-8

Gymnastics-Specific Books/Resources

USA Gymnastics. Gymnastics Risk Management- Safety Course Handbook
Contact USA Gymnastics, Indianapolis, IN, for course registration and manual.


Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. Anatomical Visual Guide to Sports Injuries
ISBN 13: 978-0-7817-7361-4

Wrist (Gymnastics)- Articles

Ulnar Varience Determination. Palmer AK, Glisson RR, Werner FW. J Hand Surg. 1982; 7: 376-379.
Measuring Ulnar Variance: a comparison of techniques.Steyers CM. J. Hand Surg. 1989; 14A: 607–612.
Gymnast Wrist: An epidemiologic survey of ulnar variance and stres changes of the radial physis in elite female gymnasts. L. de Smet MD, A. Claessens PhD, J Lefevre PhD, and G. Beunen PhD. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. Vol 22, No 6. 1994.
Ulnar Variance in Children – standard measurements for evaluation of ulnar shortening in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. R. Hafner, AK Poznanski, JM Dovovan. Skeletal Radiology. Vol 18, 1989. 1989.
Kienbock disease and negative ulnar variance. M Bonzar MD et al. JBJS. Vol 80-A. No 8. Aug 1998. p 1154. Changes in ulnar variance in relation to forearm rotation and grip
JM. Jung. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Page: 1029 — 1033. 2001.