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Dance Medicine: Head to Toe
Dance Medicine: Head to Toe

Dance Medicine: Head to Toe

A Dancer's Guide to Health


184 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, Cloth

Trade Paper, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $31.95)

Publication Date: June 2011

ISBN 9780871273536

Rights: WOR

Princeton Book Co (Jun 2011)
Princeton Book Company

Price: $29.95


Essential steps in the choreography of a dancer’s well-being

With concise information about health, injury prevention, and treatment of common dance-related problems, this handbook on medical issues and rehabilitation will quickly become indispensible to dancers and dance instructors. Literally designed as a tour of the body from head to toe, this encyclopedic manual includes advice on issues specific to dancers’ well-being, such as body awareness and self-image, eating disorders, spotting and whiplash, overhead lifts, stress fractures, turnout, potential harm from pointe shoes, and damaged feet and toes. Profusely illustrated with radiographic images from Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, the book’s visual appeal is enhanced by stunning performance photographs of members of the Pennsylvania Ballet.


"An accessible, practical, and comprehensive approach to understanding dance medicine science for the ballet dancer. A compact, quick reference for young dancers, it can easily fit into their dance bags." —Journal of Dance Education (July 2012)

"In straightforward language and personable style,this book is meant to be a guide to the realities of dance and how to navigate them. Excellent at summarizing current work and presenting further resources. Dance Medicine serves as a good introductory reference text." —Journal of Dance Medicine (November 2012)

Author Biography

Judith R. Peterson, MD, is in private practice and serves on the clinical medical faculty of the University of South Dakota. She is certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation by the American Board of Medical Specialties, is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, and was the attending physician to the Pennsylvania Ballet for 10 years. She lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.