DR. BROOKE WINDER

Orange County, CA

Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach
Physical Therapist, Sarton Physical Therapy
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Southern California
BFA, Chapman University

Brooke possesses a diverse background as a dancer and performer that informs her unique perspective and passionate focus on dancer health, wellness and injury prevention. Originally a competitive gymnast, Brooke transitioned into training in modern and contemporary dance with foundations in Graham, Horton and release technique prior to her BFA studies. Brooke is a former company member with Backhausdance. Her great interest in learning more about injury prevention and movement science led her from her performance career into graduate study in physical therapy.

Brooke is currently a practicing physical therapist who has treated a wide variety of orthopedic patients, including dancers of all ages. She is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy, having completed a rigorous post-professional residency in orthopedic physical therapy with the University of Southern California where she mentored with top physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons. Brooke also has specialized training in women’s and men’s pelvic rehabilitation and practices in the Orange County area in both orthopedics and pelvic health. She utilizes various perspectives drawn from training in advanced manual therapy, movement science, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization techniques, analysis of Movement Impairment Syndromes, Pilates-based exercise interventions, and Kinesiotaping to optimize injury prevention and rehabilitation for dancers. Brooke has maintained her Pilates Instructor Certification through Body Arts and Science International since 2005. She incorporates Pilates-based interventions into both fitness optimization and rehabilitation specific for dancers and other athletes. 

Brooke conducts research on dance-related injuries and has presented work for the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, the Performing Arts Medical Association, and published in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. She has served in leadership roles for the Performing Arts Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association. Brooke presents lectures on injury prevention and wellness for dancers, dance teachers, fitness professionals and health care providers via workshop sessions at dance studios, summer intensives, and conferences regionally and nationally. 

 

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

PILATES FOR DANCERS
Class will focus on Pilates conditioning exercises to optimize core stabilization, breath control, alignment awareness, and proximal strength and stability of the upper and lower extremities.  Exercises are drawn from traditional Pilates mat work with variations tailored to the specific needs of contemporary dancers.

INJURY PREVENTION & PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT FOR THE HIP IN DANCERS
This class will focus on self-care techniques, proper movement strategies, corrective exercises and performance enhancement techniques for the hip region. Dancers will learn preventative strengthening and mobility interventions to manage common demands on the hip joint, the related muscles and fascia, and how this interplays with other body regions.

PHYSICAL THERAPY SERVICES
Students will have access to physical therapy services on an as needed basis during the Intensive. These services are available at no cost to participants. Unlike some states, California does not require a referral for physical therapy from a licensed medical professional prior to treatment. However, Backhausdance requires a completed “Informed Consent and Waiver” and "Acknowledgement of Direct PT Services" form prior to providing physical therapy services. In order to sign up for services, a student must have a signed consent form on file. If a student is interested in scheduling a physical therapy session, they should contact the BD Student Liaison. Clinic hours are limited and vary week-to-week. Space is limited and will be prioritized based on severity of injury.