Workshops and Special Events:
Save your Shoulders! Shoulder injury prevention for circus artists workshop.
Are you at risk for shoulder injury? This highly interactive, two-hour workshop will lead you through a battery of circus-specific strength and flexibility tests to determine your injury risk during participation in circus activities. You will receive a pass/ fail score on each part of the test, and will be instructed in specific exercises for the components that you did not pass. At the end of the workshop, you will have a comprehensive injury-prevention plan of exercises, mobility drills, and stretches that is specific to YOU and your body! You will also be instructed in the BEST warm up and cool down routine that will both optimize your athletic performance AND prevent future injuries!
Friday, January 12th 7pm – 9pm
- $75 for 1 workshop
- $120 for 2 workshops (if purchasing both, purchase under shoulder workshop first)
Supercharge your Splits! Workshop
This workshop will give your flexibility/contortion practice a serious boost, and give you the tools necessary to prevent injuries while (safely) getting even bendier legs! There are many anatomic structures that can limit flexibility and mobility, and muscles are just one of them.
This workshop will teach you how to address ALL structures that limit flexibility, and how to integrate this into your training. We will discuss methods to address joint mobility, nerve tension, muscle tension, and ACTIVE flexibility issues surrounding front, back, and middle splits, and how to leverage various tools, such as the peanut and the superband. A large emphasis will be placed on active flexibility and end range control, and how to make sure that you’re supporting your flexibility with strong stabilizer muscles.
Saturday, January 13th 4:30 – 6:30pm
- $75 - SOLD OUT
About Jen Crane:
Dr. Jennifer Crane is a physical therapist, athletic trainer, board certified orthopedic specialist, and published author. She has working in sports medicine for eight years, and has worked with a wide variety of athletes and performing artists throughout that time. In addition to specializing in circus arts, she has also worked with Olympic athletes. In 2016, she lived in China, working with the Chinese Olympic Teams in preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Of the athletes she worked with, 18 of them went on to get an Olympic gold medal in Rio.
Jen’s San Francisco practice is based at Circus Center, where she specializes in injury prevention and treatment of circus artists. She works closely with performing artists of all specialties and all levels, from the brand new aerial student to professional acrobats, aerialists, handbalancers, and contortionists. When she’s not working with circus artists, she can usually be found standing on her hands, swinging on flying trapeze, or spinning on a single point trapeze.