A unique program specifically designed to enhance musculoskeletal and other care of dancers and other performing artists.


A unique, collaborative opportunity

Ohio State has partnered with BalletMet, a nationally renowned dance company based in Columbus, along with the Ohio State Department of Sports Medicine and Department of Dance for this specialized program. You’ll learn to effectively treat dancers and other performers in this one-year fellowship.

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Be part of a multidisciplinary team of specialty practitioners

Our program provides you with the advanced foundational skills you need combined with mentored practice. As a fellow you’ll provide in-season backstage coverage, on-site injury checks with local dancers and touring companies, and dance wellness screens and workshops with affiliated studios.

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Experienced faculty, exceptional facilities

Seasoned faculty makes all the difference in your fellowship, as you’ll learn side-by-side with these professionals. Additionally, the vast resources at Ohio State include our new Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute, the largest and most comprehensive sports medicine-dedicated facility in the country.

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The 12-month program begins each year in January. Fellows are full-time employees of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and work in collaboration with Sports Medicine, BalletMet and the Ohio State Department of Dance. The fellowship is currently accredited through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.


The Ohio State University Performing Arts Physical Therapy Fellowship is designed for fellows to:
  • Efficiently manage the injuries of performing artists and active individuals from acute injury to return to performance
  • Demonstrate exceptional understanding and implementation of evidence-based medicine
  • Understand the special considerations, physiological changes and medical conditions specific to the performing arts population
  • Demonstrate exceptional teaching abilities in the academic, clinic and community settings
  • Develop and demonstrate exceptional professional development and leadership within sports physical therapy
  • Understand and demonstrate exceptional professional behaviors with clients, patients, athletes, artistic directors, dance instructors, administration and families, while functioning in an interdisciplinary setting

Duties and Responsibilities

The Performing Arts fellow will practice in Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute, BalletMet’s facility and Ohio State's Department of Dance studios. On average, fellows within this program provide about 30 hours in clinical practice a week with board-certified mentors, one-on-one mentoring and event coverage and teach within Ohio State's Division of Physical Therapy.

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