During the pandemic, we are adding new resources to the website, including this online interview with physiotherapist Dr. Ross Armstrong. His research examines screening tools for predicting injury in dance, looking at hypermobility in dancers as well as fatigue. We discuss how injury can turn into chronic pain, and what dancers can do to prevent it. Ross comments on his experience of somatic practices, and how they could support healthcare professionals, dancers with pain and also people living with fibromyalgia.
Ross is a physiotherapist and university lecturer who has worked in the NHS, military, private practice and with professional football clubs. He also worked at the London Olympics, Rio Olympics, Glasgow Commonwealth Games and London World Athletics Championships. His PhD is in musculoskeletal screening from Edge Hill University, and he has published over 30 peer-reviewed research articles.