Study Volunteer Information


Thank you for your interest in being a study volunteer.

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:

  • Circadium Center for Contemporary Circus Arts (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Esh Circus Arts (Somerville, MA)
  • New England Center for Circus Arts (Brattleboro, VT)
  • The Circus Project (Portland, OR)

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 would like more information or would like to enroll please enter your contact information:  (ADD QUALTRICS LINK)