Hanging Analysis of the Shoulder

An evaluation guide to a basic building block of aerial arts

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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

Course Curriculum

  Introduction to the Hanging Analysis of the Shoulder
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  Hanging Alignment: What to Look At
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  Hanging Faults: What They Mean
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  Hanging Alignment for Pole and Vertical Apparatus
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Your Instructor

Dr. Emily Scherb
Dr. Emily Scherb

Dr. Emily Scherb is a physical therapist with a lifelong passion for understanding human movement.

She’s been a practicing aerialist for over twenty-five 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

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course will be released September 15, 2020. Once it is released, it is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. You can even go back and review the case studies!
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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