Hanging Analysis of the Shoulder
An evaluation guide to a basic building block of aerial artsWatch Promo Enroll in Course
CE approved for 1.8 hours by NYPTA
Hanging may sound like a simple building block of movement but holding an artist's full body weight at end range of motion is a challenge for any shoulder.
Through lecture, practical examples, and guided case studies you will:
- Learn how strong supported shoulder alignment helps an artist improve their performance and achieve their goals
- Identify good hanging form and know why it is important
- Recognize common errors and learn how they relate to the rest of your assessment
- Have a tool you can implement immediately to support the next artist/athlete you see
- Be the resource in your community that all the aerialists are talking about
Prerequisites: Solid background in shoulder anatomy and a desire to work with circus artists. See FAQ for more information
Dr. Emily Scherb is a physical therapist with a lifelong passion for understanding human movement.
She’s been a practicing aerialist for almost 30 years and has dangled from balloons, danced in the air, and swung from trapezes. That background inspired her to specialize her practice on circus and aerial artists. She has a proven track record of helping patients who have not seen results with traditional physical therapy due to her unique perspective on how the body works both on the ground and in the air.
As an educator, she travels the country teaching circus artists, instructors, and healthcare professionals about the unique physical demands and challenges of training the body to do incredible feats.
She received her graduate degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and now lives in Seattle, where she works with professional and pre-professional circus artists through her positions as Resident Physical Therapist at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts and as the Company Physical Therapist for the contemporary circus company Acrobatic Conundrum.
Her first book, Applied Anatomy of Aerial Artists was released in August 2018