Clarkson University Physical Therapy Program

Dance Injury Prevention


Clarkson University Doctor of Physical Therapy students have collaborated with SUNY Potsdam Department of Theatre and Dance faculty and students to develop a series of injury prevention workshops for dancers. This page has the handouts created for that project. 


The content in these handouts is intended to be general advice; always consult with your healthcare provider. None of the activities or exercises described in these handouts should increase pain; if they do, stop doing them and see a health care provider for personalized guidance.


Ankle and foot injuries

Kinesiotaping and ankle instability

Knee injuries

Hip injuries

Low back injuries

Dance-related trigger points

Hypermobile joint syndrome


Principles of healing


For questions, contact Physical Therapy faculty supervisor for this project, Dr. Leslie Russek, at