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Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 9:15am

Marc Campo, professor of physical therapy in the School of Health and Natural Sciences, co-authored a study that may lead to more accurate assessment of concussion injuries in dancers. The study was led by Lauren McIntyre, ATC who is an athletic trainer and clinical specialist at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Health.

The article, “Descriptive Values for Dancers on Baseline Concussion Tools,” which appeared in the Journal of Athletic Training, sought to establish baseline values for dancers on common concussion screening tools. Assessment scores are often compared to baseline scores when a concussion is suspected. Without baseline scores, however, having normative values is helpful. This study was a first step toward the development of normative values for dancers.

“Dancers are unique athletes,” the article stated. “Describing values specific to dancers may assist those working with these athletes in making more informed decisions” about their injuries.

The study enrolled 239 dancers recruited from professional dance companies and a collegiate conservatory of dance. Data were collected through a series of tests and surveys. The authors concluded that clinicians working with dancers should consider multiple factors in assessing impairments following a suspected concussion.