Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Services

The Harkness Center has a staff of physical therapists and athletic trainers specially trained to care for the dance population. These clinicians have had a minimum of two years of orthopaedic, sports medicine and manual therapy training and have participated in in-service training dealing with the occupational and psychological stressors of the dance environment.

The physical therapists and athletic trainers are responsible for the evaluation of the dancer's functional capacity and the analysis of movement dysfunction associated with the dancer's injury. The therapists also set goals with the dancer that will lead to resolution of the dysfunction.  It is the therapist's responsibility, together with the physician, to plan the dancer's discharge from treatment so that the dancer is maximally able to meet the functional demands of their occupation and demonstrate knowledge and skills to prevent of re-injury.

The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries clinical staff sees approximately 4,500 dance physical therapy/athletic training visits per year. Patients are referred from the dance clinic, orthopaedic private practices, as well as outside referrals. Dancers are seen at the Sports Medicine Center on NYUHJD's premises, or at one of the Harkness satellite offices.

To schedule a Physical Therapy appointment please call:  212-598-6054

Members of our physical therapy and athletic training staff have provided onsite care to performers of:

110 in the Shade at the Studio 54, Roundabout Theatre Company
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Circle in the Square Theatre
American Academy of Ballet
American Ballet Theatre
American Dance Festival
Ballet Hispanico
Cats at the Winter Garden Theatre
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Hilton Theatre
Cirque du Soleil at Randall’s Island
De La Guarda at the Daryl Roth Theatre
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Elf at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Evita at the Marriot Marquis Theatre
Fuerza Bruta at the Daryl Roth Theatre
Garden of Earthly Delights at the Minetta Lane Theatre
Hands on a Hard Body at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Al Hirschfield Theatre
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at the Joyce Theatre
In the Heights at the Richard Rogers Theatre
La Cage Aux Folles at the Marquis Theatre
Mark Morris Dance Group
Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Man of La Mancha at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Martha Graham Company
Motown at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
New York International Ballet Competition
Once at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Promises, Promises at the Broadway Theatre
SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance
The Apple Tree at the Studio 54, Round About Theatre Company
The Joffrey Ballet
White Christmas at the Marriot Marquis Theatre
Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre