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Menopause-Perimenopause in Performers

Menopause-Perimenopause in Performers

Menopause-Perimenopause in Performers

This course includes
21:58 of Course Material (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in November 2023


Dr. Brooke Winder and Dinah Hampson, Dance Physical Therapists present on Menopause in performers as presented at the International Association of Dance Medicine 2022 and Performing Arts Medicine meeting 2023. Dancers and performing artists are enjoying long careers and little has been offered to guide the perimenopausal and menopausal performer through this stage of life.  

This presentation will review the physiology of menopause, its impact on the individual and the management strategies available to them through conservative care.

Learning objectives

In this online course, participants will:

  1. Gain a clear understanding of the hormonal changes of perimenopause and menopause
  2. Gain a clear understanding of how menopause impacts a dancer’s physical and mental performance
  3. Learn how to appropriately and effectively manage an individual’s menopausal symptoms with exercise
  4. Learn how to appropriately apply exercise in this population


This online course is for all clinicians working with dancers and artistic athletes. Clinicians working with patients of perimenopause and menopausal stages of life.

The instructors
Brooke R. Winder
PT, DPT, OCS, Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist in Physical Therapy, Pelvic Health Physical Therapist, BASI-Certified Pilates Instructor

Brooke Winder is a Southern California-based physical therapist with 11+ years of clinical experience, specializing in orthopedic and pelvic floor health for dancers, artistic athletes, weekend warriors, and fitness instructors. She also serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at California State University, Long Beach, where she Coordinates the Bachelor’s degree program in Dance Science and teaches courses in functional anatomy, injury prevention, wellness, and Pilates. Brooke provides backstage care for touring professional dance companies, physical therapy services for summer dance intensives, and community workshops to dancers and dance educators. She is particularly passionate about educating the dance and healthcare community about pelvic floor issues such as incontinence, prolapse, and pelvic pain, and empowering dancers and practitioners to know how to address these symptoms. Having spent many years as a dancer and a former competitive gymnast, Brooke has a deep understanding of the unique demands and capabilities of artistic athletes. She serves as an expert for Pivot Dancer, a knowledge-sharing platform that provides improved access to evidence-based content to the dance community.

Brooke has been published in The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, Clinical Biomechanics, and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice magazine. She has presented research on pelvic floor health in dancers at venues such as the American Physical Therapy Association Annual Combined Sections Meeting, the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Annual Conference, and the Performing Arts Medicine Association International Symposium. Brooke earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Chapman University. She is a Board-Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, a Certified Pilates instructor through Body Arts and Science International, and a former professional dancer with Southern California-based Backhausdance. She is also a certified POPUp Pro, having completed focused study in the management of pelvic organ prolapse. Brooke is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Performing Arts Medicine Association, and serves in leadership in the Performing Arts Special Interest Group of the Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy in the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dinah Hampson

FOUNDER Pivot Dancer
Registered Physiotherapist

Dip. Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapy, Dip. Sport Physiotherapy, Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT) Certification Jr to Advanced levels, Certified pelvic physiotherapy

Dinah Hampson is a registered physiotherapist with 20+ years experience. She holds both a post-graduate Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy and in Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy. Dinah is a member of the Healthy Dancer Canada Network and of the International Association of Dance Medicine Science. Dinah was classically trained in ballet, danced with the Young Dancer’s Company of the Newfoundland Dance Theatre and Musical Theatre productions. Dinah regularly assesses and treats dancers from professional dance training programs and companies as well as community/competitive dancers. Dinah is the owner of Pivot Sport Medicine in Toronto, Ontario.

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Course Material included in this course
  • Menopause-Perimenopause in Performers
  • Presentation
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