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Circus Shoulder Research Project

Triangle Circus Arts
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Carlie Huberman is a doctorate of physical therapy student at Elon University in North Carolina. She was also a professional aerialist and acrobat that performed and taught in NC before starting PT school. She is currently working on an independent research study where she will gather standardized data measurements for range of motion and strength ratios of the shoulders of circus acrobats (people who bear weight through the upper extremities). This project will be specifically looking at the shoulders of aerial and ground acrobats living in the USA aged 18-50 years.

The reason for the study is to gather information that will give physical therapists a better idea of what healthy shoulders look like on this specific population in order to provide better medical treatment in the future. The idea being that having data to know what normal shoulders should look like in circus acrobats will help physical therapists to properly treat acrobats.

The study will involve a 15 minute online medical history and athletic history survey and a 1 hour in-person measurement session performed by Carlie where we will measure your shoulder’s range of motion and do strength testing. You will receive your personal results, and Carlie aims to present the overall results at a medical conference in the future and submit it for publication in medical journals.
You will also be entered in a raffle for a $50 visa gift card.

If you are interested in being a part of this study or have any questions please e-mail chuberman@elon.edu