Debra Crookshanks

APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Physiotherapist for Dancers and Performers

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Debra is an APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Physiotherapist for Dancers with 27 years experience in dance assessment and treatment. She has been Sydney physiotherapist for the Australian Ballet Company, Sydney Dance Company and touring companies English National Ballet, Riverdance, Burn the Floor, UMOJA and Lady Salsa, and more recently sessional physiotherapist for How To Train Your Dragon the Arena Spectacular and the West Australian Ballet.

Debra wrote the anatomy content for and was sessional lecturer in the dance department of the University of NSW (BArts.BEd, Dance), and has also lectured  on anatomy and injury prevention to dancers, teachers and allied health professionals. Debra is author of The Safe Dance 3 Report for the Australian Dance Council (1999) 1 reporting on injuries in Australia’s professional dancers, author of an occasional paper (The female athlete triad: What it means to dancers)6 and author of a sessional paper for the Australian Institute of Classical Dance (Pelvic Stability in Dancers).

Debra was the founding Chairperson of the Dance Physiotherapy Group in NSW, founding Director of two highly successful physiotherapy practices for dancers and performers, is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of IADMS.

Debra is internationally recognised in the field of dance medicine, having presented papers at the IADMS conferences. Topics include:

  • The dancer’s hip: assessment, treatment and rehabilitation 2
  • Saphenous nerve entrapment as a source of medial knee pain in a young classical dancer: a case report 3
  • Normative values for dance specific musculoskeletal parameters for the young recreational female dancer training in the Australian setting4
  • Functional flexibility versus pathological hypermobility in dancers: the paradigm is shifting 5

References

  1. Crookshanks, D. Safe Dance III: report 1999.Braddon, Australia: Australian Dance Council – Ausdance.
  2. Crookshanks, D (2013). “ The dancers hip: assessment, treatment and rehabilitation”. In R Solomon & J Solomon (Eds), Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2013. Seattle, Washington, USA.
  3. Crookshanks, D (2011). “ Entrapment of the saphenous nerve as a cause of medial knee pain in a young, classical dancer: A case report”. In R Solomon & J Solomon (Eds), Proceedings of the 21stAnnual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2011. Washington DC, USA.
  4. Crookshanks, D (2007). “ Normative dance-specific musculoskeletal parameters for young, female dancers in Australia”. In R Solomon & J Solomon (Eds), Proceedings of the 17th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science. Canberra, Australia.
  5. Crookshanks, D (2004). “Functional flexibility versus pathological hypermobility in dancers: the paradigm is shifting”. In R Solomon & J Solomon (Eds), Proceedings of the 14th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2013. San Francisco, USA.
  6. Crookshanks, D. “The female athlete triad: What it means to dancers”. In D. Crookshanks Safe Dance III: report 1999.Braddon, Australia: Australian Dance Council – Ausdance.