A retrospective survey was performed of 168 dancers and 151 actors appearing in 10 Broadway productions and 13 Broadway touring companies. In current productions, lower extremity injuries were the most common for the dancers (56.8% of the injuries) and the actors (37.8%). A majority of the performers consulted nonphysician health care providers. Strains/sprains were the most common diagnoses for all the performers. Worker's compensation claims were not field for most injuries. The performers cited a variety of hazards of stages and sets. The results of this first survey of injuries among Broadway performers may be useful for physicians who practice performing arts medicine. The study may also help to stimulate additional concern and research in the medical and theatrical communities about injuries and their prevention involving other professional, amateur, and student performers.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Medical Problems of Performing Artists|
|State||Published - 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- History and Philosophy of Science