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Athletes and the Arts

The Athletes and the Arts Coalition

Interested in performing arts? Health and wellness? Then listen to the Athletes and the Arts podcast, hosted by Steven Karageanes, DO, FAOASM and Yasi Ansari, MS, RDN, CSSD. We are an initiative headed by the American College of Sports Medicine and Performing Arts Medicine Association. Our podcast draws upon medical experts from over 20 different organizations in performing arts and sports medicine to discuss numerous health and wellness issues that relate to performers and athletes alike. Our guests will also include professionals in performing arts and sports to give us a peek into their lives and talk about how they cope with their careers. The co-hosts: Steven Karageanes, DO, FAOASM is a primary care sports medicine physician certified in performing arts medicine practicing in Detroit, Michigan. Yasi Ansari, MS, RDN, CSSD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics practicing in Los Angeles, California. Find out more at http://www.athletesandthearts.com

Multiple Sclerosis and the Musician
May 25 2022
Multiple Sclerosis and the Musician
Raymond Meade has been in the UK music industry for over two decades, first as a singer/songwriter for the Ronelles, a solo artist and session musician, and current bassist for Ocean Colour Scene. He also made a BBC documentary about the music of Auschwitz. His life is literally in his hands. So what happens when those hands start tingling during a concert...and it doesn't stop? When you suddenly can't play music? When your doctors tell you that you have Multiple Sclerosis? Listen to Yasi and Steven's interview with Raymond as they talk about him facing his own mortality, the strength of friendship and family to survive, and the perils of a music career on the edge. Also, meet Dr. Mark Janicki, an neurologist and MS specialist from Indiana, whose "always leave a patient with a smile" approach and early intervention from across the pond helped Raymond tackle the biggest challenge of his life. Follow Raymond on Twitter at @raymeade82 Follow Raymond on Instagram at @ray_meade82 For more information on Multiple Sclerosis (MS), go to more about Raymond's music career, go to listen to Ocean Colour Scene, go to a link to Raymond's documentary, "The Railway People", go to ( information about Mark Janicki, MD, go to information about Athletes and the Arts, go to Meade: Raymond Meade is a session musician from Glasgow, best known for his work with Ocean Colour Scene and Gerry Cinnamon.  He has played on gold selling #1 albums and toured internationally for over 20 years, performing with some of the biggest names in music. Raymond also wrote and produced the New York Festivals Award winning documentary "The Railway People" which told the story of Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor and Raymond returning to Auschwitz together in 2016. The film was shown across the world. Eva and Raymond remained close friends until her death in 2019.  During the pandemic years, Raymond produced a series of true crime podcasts which revisited The West Murders of 1994. Titled "Where No Shadow Falls", these podcasts featured key players in the case and were very well received. He is currently studying a degree course and learning the Polish language with a view to realising his ambition of becoming an Auschwitz tour guide in the future. He writes the occasional article for the men's lifestyle magazine GQ. In 2021, Raymond was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. He is married and lives in Glasgow with his wife Leanne. Mark Janicki, MD: He is a board certified neurologist, a fellow of the American Academy of neurology. He has been involved in over 15 clinical trials regarding disease modifying therapies for multiple sclerosis. He trained at Indiana University medical school and residency in neurology at Indiana University Medical Center. He has lived in Practice in the metropolitan Indianapolis area for the past 35 years. He is a diehard Indianapolis Colts fan. Married to Maribeth, he has five children and five grandchildren. He loves golf...it doesn't love him back.
Dancing with the Diablo
Apr 29 2022
Dancing with the Diablo
On this episode, Steven and Yasi talk with the artistic and wellness pros behind Diablo Ballet, a professional dance company and ballet school in Walnut Creek, California. As they celebrate the end of their 28th season, we find out how they manage to keep health and wellness a priority, while maintaining artistic excellence. We also delve into the working relationships among the artistic director, principal dancers, and music composer in creating original ballets, while reflecting on staying afloat during a pandemic and handling the pressures of social media. Our guests are Dr Selina Shah MD, company physician for Diablo Ballet; Lauren Jonas, artistic director and co-founder, Diablo Ballet, Raymond Tilton, company dancer and School Principal and teacher of the Diablo Ballet School, and and Justin Levitt, award-winning music composer for the Ballet.    To learn about Diablo Ballet, go to Follow their Twitter at @diabloballet. For more about International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, go to more about Athletes and the Arts, go to bios: Selina Shah, MD, FACP, FAMSSM is a board certified sports medicine and internal medicine physician in private practice in Walnut Creek, CA. She is the company physician for several dance companies and dance studios in the San Francisco Bay Area including Diablo Ballet, AXIS Dance Company, Contra Costa Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, and Tiffany’s Dance Academy. She is a team physician for USA Artistic Swimming, USA Weightlifting, and USA Figure Skating. She also cares for Broadway shows and Cirque du Soleil when they come to the San Francisco Bay Area. She is past Treasurer and Board Member for the IADMS and is now on the board for The Bridge Dance Project and serves on the Executive Committee for the Taskforce on Dancer Health for Dance/USA. She has lectured nationally and internationally on various dance medicine topics, has published papers in medical journals and books, including criteria on determining readiness for pointe and her original research on demographics and dance injuries in modern dance and other injury case reports. Lauren Jonas trained at the Marin Ballet. She performed with the Milwaukee Ballet, the Oakland Ballet, the Southwest Ballet, and toured the United States with the Moscow Ballet. Since Diablo Ballet's premiere in 1994, Ms. Jonas has recruited dancers from around the world to present the finest in contemporary and classical ballets. A firm believer in the need to stimulate the cultural development of future generations, she co-created the Ballet’s PEEK Outreach Program in 1995. Ms. Jonas’ awards include the 2005 National Philanthropy Day honor, the 2000 Arts and Culture Commission Award of Contra Costa County, and the1998 Contra Costa County Woman of Achievement Award for the Arts. She is the 2014 recipient of the Contra Costa Commission for Women Contributing to the Arts, Hall of Fame award and was an honoree at the State Assembly’s Women’s History Month. In 2016, Ms. Jonas was honored at the Djerassi’s Women’s Residency Program for empowering women as leaders in the field of ballet. She is also the Co-Founder and Director of Diablo Ballet School.  Raymond Tilton received his ballet training at San Elijo Dance Academy and San Francisco Ballet School. In 2010, he danced as an apprentice with the San Francisco Ballet and was promoted to the Company in 2011 dancing in ballets by some of today's most sought-after choreographers. Since joining Diablo Ballet in 2015, Mr. Tilton has performed the lead in numerous ballets including Christopher Wheeldon's Carousal (A Dance) and George Balanchine's Apollo. Mr. Tilton is the School Principal and teacher of Diablo Ballet School. Justin Levitt was first inspired to learn and compose for the piano at the age of 15. Since that day, he has been on an...
Breakin' for Gold
Jan 25 2022
Breakin' for Gold
Breaking, or Break Dancing, exploded in popularity in the 80s but thanks to TV and social media, it's more popular than ever, so much that it will become an Olympic sport at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. Yasi and Steven talk to one of the U.S. Olympic hopefuls, Bboy Morris, and the medical team that helps him get there, Aaron Ngor and TeeJay Lee, founders of Offset Med. We get in deep about the Breaking community, its growth from the 80s to today, and how much physical stamina and training it takes to be one of the best in the world. For Athletes and the Arts, go to Offset Med, go to video of Bboy Morris on World of Dance on NBC, see Bboy Morris win the 2021 Red Bull BC One Cypher championship, Bboy Morris on Instagram at @bboymorris_ Follow Aaron Ngor on Instagram at @aaronngor or his Doctors for Dancers page at Teejay Lee on Instagram at @teejaylee or his Doctors for Dancers page at “Bboy Morris” Isby, III began breaking as a high school student in Sacramento, CA., after watching Battle of the Year: 1998 on VHS. The artistry and athleticism he saw in the battles inspired him to begin practicing daily in his parent’s garage. Whether competing solo or alongside crew members, b-boy Morris has maintained his status as a champion competitor, boasting over 120 competitive wins under his belt to date. When he’s not competing or performing, Morris is dedicated to ushering in the next generation of breakers through volunteering and mentorship. He is currently training to compete in the 2024 Paris summer games. Aaron Ngor, ATC is the co-founder and CEO of Offset Med, a company that aims to co-create the future of health and performance for artist-athletes worldwide. His early experiences as a dancer highlighted the inequities and lack of qualified healthcare professionals that are commonly seen serving traditional sports. Aaron  is a sherpa for the overlooked athlete, an investor for the undervalued artist, and a diplomat for the movement arts. His previous work experience includes the Clinic for Science and Health in Artistic Performance (SHAPe Clinic) at Ohio University, Disneyland Resort (Anaheim, CA), AMDA College of the Performing Arts (Los Angeles, CA), and University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA). Aaron’s personal guiding mission is to create opportunities that facilitate the intersection of art, movement, and community development. Taejun “TeeJay” Lee has a background in Occupational Therapy and strives to help people be the best they can be in their daily lives. Teejay has his Bachelor of Science in health education and earned his Occupational Therapy Assistant License in 2015. His personal experience with a disability and knowledge of pain through certifications in different techniques and modalities has led him to work on clients of all backgrounds. Notable clients include Emmy Awarded Dance Crew Quest Crew and World of Dance Season 2 Winners: The Lab.
New York versus Philly: Dance Edition
Oct 31 2021
New York versus Philly: Dance Edition
Our biggest episode yet brings together the medical professionals in New York and Philadelphia who care for some of the biggest companies in the dance world. They give us insight on how they keep those performers on stage. We talk about what it's like to work in small, medium, and large-sized programs, how their dancers access care, and the challenges of pushing the boundaries of choreography without pushing physical boundaries. Brought to you by the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine. Our guests: From Philadelphia: Christine Cox, founder and artistic director of Ballet X (Instagram: @christineccox) Marc Harwood, MD: Rothman Orthopedic Institute and consultant Ballet X and Pennsylvania Ballet From New York: Melody Hrubes, MD: Rothman Orthopedic Institute and medical director Radio City Rockettes (Instagram: @melodyhrubes) Sheyi OjoFeitimi, PT, DPT: Director of Therapy Services, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. #drsheyipt #dancereadyproject For more information on Athletes and the Arts, go to American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, go to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, go to Ballet X, go to Cox: Christine Cox co-founded BalletX, America’s premier contemporary ballet company, with Matthew Neenan in 2005. The BalletX team has produced over 100 world premiere ballets by nearly 60 renowned and emerging choreographers to date, reaching more than 150,000 dance patrons. Under her leadership as Artistic & Executive Director, the company has performed at prestigious national stages including The Kennedy Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Vail International Dance Festival, and The Joyce Theater. In 2013, she and her team launched The X-Process, an engagement program that invites audience members to participate in pre-show conversations with choreographers, an interactive lecture series about contemporary ballet, and open rehearsals. Through the Dance eXchange education program, she has partnered with elementary schools from the Philadelphia School District to emphasize dance as a means to promote self-confidence and acquire valuable life skills, reaching more than 2,000 local students in its first six years. Cox also led a TEDx talk at the George School about innovation in the field of contemporary ballet, from the art form’s historical traditions to today’s world of evolving definitions and globalization. As an arts leader, she has served on review panels for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Philadelphia Arts & Business Council. Christine has been recognized with two Rocky Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, as well as fellowships from the Independence Foundation and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Cox was a full-time company member with the Pennsylvania Ballet from 1993 until her retirement from the stage in 2006. Some of her featured roles included Rum and Coca Cola in Paul Taylor’s Company B, Vortex in Alvin Ailey’s The River; Choleric in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Eve in Margo Sappington’s Rodin, Mis En Vie the Cowgirl in Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo, and principal female roles in Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free and The Concert. During this time, Cox served for ten years as the rehearsal assistant of the children’s corps for Pennsylvania Ballet’s annual production of Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Prior to joining the Pennsylvania Ballet, she danced with BalletMet (Columbus, OH), as a guest artist with Ballet Hispanico (New York, NY), and with the American Repertory Ballet (Princeton, NJ). Cox is the proud mother of two young boys, Warren and Wesley. Marc Harwood, MD: Dr. Harwood is a board certified non-operative sports medicine physician and serves as the Service Chief of the Non-Operative
Gaining The Mental Edge
Sep 25 2021
Gaining The Mental Edge
How do you improve mental performance in sports and the performing arts? Is mental performance and mental illness along the same spectrum? How do you stay healthy in the face of failure and rejection? We talk to a doctor and a performer to find out how. Listen to Yasi and Steven talk with Dr. Stephen Gonzales of the Association of Applied Sports Psychology (AASP) and Brooke DeRosa, film composer and singer with the L.A. Opera. Learn more at the AASP conference October 6-9, 2021 at more information about the Athletes and the Arts coalition, go to our guests: Stephen Gonzales, PhD, CMPC: Dr Gonzales is the scientific program division head at AASP and CMPC is the Assistant Athletic Director for Leadership and Mental Performance at Dartmouth College, where he works with 35 NCAA Division I athletic programs competing in the Ivy League. Dr. Gonzalez has extensive experience working with elite athletes, military populations, and with performers, including concert symphony musicians. Dr. Gonzalez received his PhD at the University of Utah, and was an NCAA Division I runner at the University of Pittsburgh. He plays piano and is a huge fan of his dad's hometown band, Flood City Brass in Johnstown, PA. DeRosa: Originally from New York, Brooke deRosa has performed opera and musical theater nationally and internationally.  She currently resides in Los Angeles, having performed locally with LA Opera, Long Beach Opera, Pacific Opera Project, The Pacific Symphony, Redlands Symphony and the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra. Most recently she originated the role of "Nicely" in a new musical entitled "Witch's Night Out" which was workshopped for Stephen Schwartz as part of the ASCAP/Dreamworks Musical Theater Workshop at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.   Brooke has been a featured vocal soloist on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, on the Jimmy Kimmel stage, albums with Ghostface Killah and Snoop Dogg, and the scores of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Luke Cage and A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix.  In addition to performing she is also a composer. Her first opera “The Monkey’s Paw” premiered with Pacific Opera Project in 2017.  Her musical "Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon" premiered in 2019 as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival and won "The Pick of the Fringe", "The Encore Producer's Award" and "The John Raitt Award for Best Music and Lyrics." She has composed film scores for over twenty feature films. Instagram: @brookederosa (linktr.ee/brookederosa) (www.brookederosa.com)
From the Barre to the Clinic: Professional Dancers becoming Doctors
Aug 23 2021
From the Barre to the Clinic: Professional Dancers becoming Doctors
What does it take to become a professional dancer? A combination of physical gifts, proper training, and a lot of hard work for starters. But when the time comes to exit stage left, what does it take to then become a professional health care provider? We find out by talking to two extraordinary women who reached the top of two different fields. Listen as Yasi and Steven talk with Doctors Becca Rodriguez Regner, DO, FAOASM, and Kirsten Roberts, PT, DPT, CPT-PMA about the difficulties of a professional dance career, newer theories in dance training, the importance of nutritional support, developing resiliency, and so much more. For more about the AOASM, go to Athletes and the Arts: the American Physical Therapy Association: http//apta.org For the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science: Roberts: @drkroberts  Becca Rodriguez Regner: @sdolympicdoc Yasi Ansari: @yasiansarinutrition Steven Karageanes: @stevenkarageanes Dr. Becca Rodriguez Regner, DO, FAOASM: A former professional commercial dancer, Dr. Rodriguez is the current president of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine. Dr. Becca Rodriguez Regner graduated from KCOM and is board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine.  Dr. Rodriguez serves the USOPC as a Team USA physician and was on the medical staff at the Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista, CA as team physician for 10 years.   She served on the USOPC Physician Advisory Board and USA President’s Council Science Board, as well as the Medical Director for the high performance center for Team USA at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She was Team USA physician at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, and team physician for both USA Women's Waterpolo and USA Rugby.  She is the head team physician for the major league rugby team, the San Diego Legion and company physician for the San Diego Ballet.   She is passionate about improving quality healthcare and helps make policy for many national organizations. She continues to work with ACOFP and AOASM and will be Assistant Program Director for the new Sports Medicine Fellowship at Temecula Regional Hospital in 2022.  Dr. Kirsten Roberts, PT, DPT, CPT-PMA: Kirsten received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2010.  While completing undergrad and grad school, she danced professionally with San Diego Ballet for 8 seasons as well as performing in the Urban Nutcracker in Boston for a season.  She has also guested with Southern California Ballet and many others over the years. As a dancer, Kirsten had much exposure to Pilates growing up, but only really started pursuing it after PT school when she found APPI (the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute).  Kirsten is now a certified Pilates Instructor and Master Trainer for APPI and an avid presenter.  She is passionate about education and teaches courses all over the States and abroad.  She has presented at the AOASM (American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine) for Performing Arts conference, at IADMS (International Association for Dance Medicine and Science) conference, and at APPI’s One Goal One Community conference in London.   She has always specialized in treating dancers from the beginner to the professional levels and is currently one of the Physical Therapists for Texas Ballet Theatre in Fort Worth, TX.  She is the Chair of the Dance Department for the California State Summer School for the Arts, where she teaches ballet, pointe, variations, injury prevention, anatomy, Pilates and nutrition.   She has her Associate Teaching Certificate in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet and has passed her Final Cecchetti Diploma Examination.  Kirsten is passionate about Pilates, Physical Therapy, Injury Prevention and seeing people lead healthier, happier lives. She...
The Journey of a Ballroom Dancer and her Doctor
Jul 19 2021
The Journey of a Ballroom Dancer and her Doctor
Dr. Laura Solomon shares her journey as a professional ballroom dancer, overcoming reconstructive ankle surgery and a career-threatening Jones fracture in her foot to compete at the highest levels in the world of ballroom dancing. She is joined by her team; her teacher and partner, Oscar Pedrinelli, and her podiatrist, Dr. Howard Osterman. They talk about the power of positive thinking, treatment for a Jones fracture, prevention foot and ankle injuries, and what it takes to excel in dance. Links Athletes and the Arts: Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine: Blackpool Dance Festival: guests: Dr. Laura Solomon is a special education consultant in Washington, DC, who is an avid ballroom dancer and who competes in national and international pro-am competitions (i.e. was a silver medalist in ballroom dancing in the Sydney, Australia Gay Games Olympics). She and Oscar have won and have been finalists in many other competitions in the United States and overseas. In 2019, she placed second in her age division at the prestigious Blackpool competition in Blackpool, England, dancing with Oscar on a severe ankle injury. Dr. Howard Osterman practices in Washington DC and Silver Spring, Maryland and is a former President of the AAPSM. He has represented AAPSM at the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science and is the team podiatrist for the Washington Wizards and a consultant to Georgetown University athletics while being a partner in the Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC. Oscar Pedrinelli is from Milan, Italy, and began his dance training as a young child. He lives in New York with his wife and professional partner and spends his time between NY and DC. When he is not dancing, he is pursuing a degree in business.
Vocal Disorders in Performers
Jun 23 2021
Vocal Disorders in Performers
Our guest this episode is renowned otolaryngologist and President of the Performing Arts Medical Association, Lucinda Halstead, MD. She is a pioneer in performing arts medicine, starting one of the first vocal treatment centers in the United States in 1987 and becoming the Medical Director of the MUSC Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice and Swallowing. We discuss various medical issues related to vocalists, specifically vocal dystonia, a commonly misunderstood problem that can suddenly render a performer unable to sing. We also cover the work of the Performing Arts Medical Association, including work on a COVID aerosol that is helping to get performers back on stage. To attend PAMA's 39th annual virtual conference on June 24-27, go to more information on Athletes and the Arts, go to http//:www.athletesandthearts.com About Dr. Halstead: Lucinda A. Halstead, M.D. received her degree from George Washington University and completed her residency in Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery in the Combined Tufts University – Boston University Residency Program. Currently, she serves as the vice-chairman for Resident Education in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery and the Medical Director of the MUSC Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice and Swallowing. Dr. Halstead founded the MUSC Voice Center in 1987 to support research and advanced care in laryngology, swallowing, voice, pediatric otolaryngology and performing arts medicine. After the Voice Center expanded in 2000, she became the Medical Director of the MUSC Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice and Swallowing. Dr. Halstead is the laryngologist for the internationally renowned Spoleto Festival USA and President Elect of the Performing Arts Medicine Association. She lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of adult and pediatric voice and swallowing disorders, treatment of professional voice users and vocal performers, performing arts medicine, and laryngopharyngeal reflux disorders. She is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, the Voice Foundation, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Colligium Medicorum Theatri, and the Performing Arts Medicine Association.
Training and Caring for Collegiate Dancers
May 23 2021
Training and Caring for Collegiate Dancers
Amanda Donahue, ATC, MS and Kristina Berger are faculty at the esteemed Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts. These two accomplished professionals join us today to talk about how they merge medicine, education, and training to best prepare their dancers for the dance world. Their unique collaboration is a model for training and caring for dancers. We talk about how athletic trainers are uniquely suited to be the key health care professional in a college dance program, and we dive into dance topics such as the Horton Technique, dancer nutrition, and how dance helps you discover your inner passion to keep you going in your career. Dean College: Technique for Dance: Arts in the National Athletic Trainers Association: for Dancers: Berger is a world-class dancer, choreographer, and teacher of the Horton and Hawkins techniques, both of which she teaches as Assistant Professor at Dean College. Kristina has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in positions ranging from current status as principal dancer with The Erick Hawkins Dance Company to first female and Westerner to perform virtuoso solo "Hanuman The Monkey King" in Bali, exclusive soloist of original Lester Horton works, and dancer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Kristina has danced with Molissa Fenley & Dancers, Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Washington Opera Ballet and SWATT. She has been on dance faculty at Marymount Manhattan College, Steps, Peridance, The Joffrey School of Ballet, and continues to teach, create, and perform globally. Amanda Donahue has served as the Athletic Trainer for the Palladino School of Dance & School of Arts at Dean College located in Franklin, Massachusetts since 2013. She received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Northeastern University and her Master of Science in Kinesiology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Amanda currently serves as the Performing Arts Committee Chair for the NATA Council of Practice Advancement and is the NATA Liaison for the Performing Arts Athletic Trainer’s Society. In addition to her work at Dean, Amanda worked as one of the athletic trainers with Boston location of Blue Man Group, as well as the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program . Her passion of dance began at a young age with ballet and is currently a competitive ballroom dancer.
Performing Artists as Athletes: Exercise Physiology
Apr 22 2021
Performing Artists as Athletes: Exercise Physiology
We talk with Dr. Timothy Lightfoot and Randy Dick, both fellows of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) about exercise physiology concepts in performing arts medicine. Dr. Lightfoot, an exercise physiologist, talks about his innovative research at Texas A & M on physical exertion during performance, as well as the "Exercise is Medicine" campaign started by the ACSM and how it applies to performers. We also look at the barriers that prevent performing artists from achieving health and wellness. More about the ACSM at more information about Athletes and the Arts, go to Lightfoot is the Debbie and Mike Hilliard Endowed Professor of Kinesiology and the Director of the Sydney and JL Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance at Texas A&M University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist. Randy Dick is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. He worked for twenty years with the NCAA managing its sports medicine and injury prevention programs, including the development and application of two generations of the NCAA Injury Surveillance System and has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and multiple book chapters on a variety of sports medicine and performing arts issues. Randy leads Athletes and the Arts, an initiative that works to integrate sports medicine principles and wellness into the performing arts, as a current project.