Ohio University

skip to main content

Jeff Russell to discuss specialized health care for performing artists at Jan. 31 Café Conversation

From Staff Reports | Jan 23, 2018

Just how physically demanding are performing arts? You might be very surprised by the answer.

Jeff Russell, director of Ohio University’s SHAPe Clinic, and his team of athletic trainers evaluate, treat and provide health and wellness advice to injured performers across a variety of performing arts disciplines, including dance, music, theater and marching band.

“Virtually every performing artist sustains several injuries in the course of his or her career,” Russell says.

At his Café Conversation, “Keeping Artists in SHAPe: Why Performers Need Specialized Health Care,” Russell will explain why the health care system is so important for performers. The event will be held at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 31 in the Baker Center Front Room.

At the café, Russell wants the audience to experience a view they can’t normally see during a performance, and gain an appreciation about why performing artists need specialized health care just like athletes. Towards that end, he will discuss several topics, including ballet en pointe, posture in musicians, head injuries in theater, and the unique health considerations of the Marching 110. Each of these examples will give a fascinating window into the world of performing arts medicine as it is practiced in the SHAPe Clinic.

“Everything we do at the SHAPe Clinic is designed to build bridges between art and science and between the College of Health Sciences and Professions and the College of Fine Arts. It’s a fantastic, innovative, interdisciplinary opportunity,” Russell says.

Café Conversations are part of Ohio University’s Café Series, Wednesdays at the Baker Center Front Room. The series provides a venue for students to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty presenters, staff and the Athens community. Free coffee is offered to the first 50 attendees, and participants who ask questions can win a free t-shirt.

The series is supported by the Ohio University Research Division.

Learn more! Watch the 1-minute Café Series video:


For the schedule of fall semester speakers and access to livestreaming of the event, visit http://www.ohio.edu/sciencecafe   and   http://livestream.com/ohiocas.