Ongoing Research

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Circus Injury Study...

This study will help determine injury incidence and patterns in pre-professional and professional circus artists and relate injuries to specific circus disciplines and other characteristics of the circus artists. We are currently completing a pilot study at Kinetic Arts Center in Oakland, CA. In Fall 2018 we will be expanding this study thanks to a grant from Samuel Merritt University to a multi-center study conducted at various circus training facilities across the United States. 

We are currently seeking participants for our study of injuries related to training and performing in the circus arts. There is currently very little research on injuries in circus artists different than dance or various sports. We hope to learn more about what injuries occur with different types of circus training and how often. This research will also examine any relationships with specific type of circus training, age, gender, experience and health status (strength, flexibility, etc.) with the types of injuries that occur. We first need to understand these relationships in order to work towards better strategies for preventing injuries and keeping circus artists healthy. Appropriate candidates are ages 13 years through adult and participants in regular circus arts training at pre-professional or professional level that are training in proximity to one of the following facilities throughout the next year: New England Center for Circus Arts, Circadium School of Contemporary Circus, Esh Circus Arts and the Circus Project. 

If you decide to participate, Stephanie Greenspan, PT, DPT, OCS, NCS, Assistant Professor in the Samuel Merritt University Department of Physical Therapy in Oakland, CA and her research team will conduct the study. You will be asked to attend an initial screening visit that should last approximately 1 hour at the training center in proximity  to you. For the following year after this visit, if you sustain an injury from circus training, you will be asked to schedule an appointment for an injury screening to determine the cause and type of the injury and how it has affected your training.  In addition, each week for one year you will to fill out an online training log to track your activity level related to circus training and performances.

If you are interested in more information or participating in the study, please complete the CMIR Contact Form