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International Performing Arts Injury Reporting System (IPAIRS) Project

There is currently no standard injury surveillance system used by the dance science community.  In 2004, the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science  launched the Standard Measures Consensus Initiative to establish such a system. The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, part of the NYU Langone Medical Center in new York City, has created the International Performing Arts Injury Reporting System (IPAIRS) under the direction of Dr. Marijeanne Liederbach, to be used industry-wide as a secure and methodical way to collect dance injury and screening information. This will allow better comparability between data, create standardized screening tools for the dance science community, and improve efforts towards injury prevention, given that it will be easier to analyze trends between injury incidence and risk factors.

If you're interested in contributing to the IPAIRS project, please contact Leigh Schanfein ( or visit



Participate in dance concussion research!

The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries is conducting an online survey that focuses on the knowledge and attitudes of the dancer regarding concussion. The results of this study will allow us to improve concussion education and management efforts in the performing arts. You do NOT need to have had a concussion to participate in this survey. The survey is completely anonymous and consists of 8 demographic questions on your age, sex, and dance history and 56 questions on concussion symptoms, management, diagnosis, and concussion scenarios. The survey will take between 10-25 minutes to complete.

Your participation is voluntary which means you can choose whether or not you want to take part in this study. Choosing not to participate or leaving the study will not affect future or current care at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries.

You must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this survey. There are no risks in participating in this survey. There are no direct benefits to you, but the information could provide valuable insight regarding dance concussions. If you are interested, please follow the link at the end of this text to an online survey titled: Concussion knowledge and attitudes in a sample of the dance community. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Lauren Kreha, ATC at . You may also contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at 212-263-4110.