North Central College's Amanda Szabo recently joined the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and participated in an internship at the University of North Carolina School of Arts (UNCSA) this summer.
“Through my experiences, I have realized that dancers are a
very underserved population when it comes to health care and, specifically, athletic training services,” Szabo, a senior athletic psychology double
major, said. “This internship gives me the opportunity to educate dancers on
injury prevention and rehabilitate them back from injury.”
Szabo, who has been dancing since she was 3, and the UNCSA athletic training staff were responsible
for more than 500 students in intensives, including dance,
film, drama, stage combat and music.
“Growing up as a dancer, I wish I had access to athletic
training services to help me realize the importance of caring for my body and
injury recovery so I could have a longer dance career,” Szabo said. “My hopes
are that performers will share what they have learned regarding injury care and
prevention with other fellow performing artists to continue a long and healthy
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