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Cirque Physio’s Dr. Jen Crane Lays It All Out with Training Tips

Dr. Jen Crane has many credentials beyond her doctorate in physical therapy. Among other things, she is a board certified orthopedic specialist and a certified athletic trainer who is licensed to practice physical therapy in California, USA. But she is also an educator (who travels the world teaching workshops), an author, a blogger  (Cirque Physio)and a practicing circus artist focusing on dance trapeze, aerial straps, and hand balancing.

She has spent her career working with athletes and artists, and is well known for her non-traditional approach to physiotherapy. Her mission is to empower circus practitioners (through multiple channels) with the tools they need to focus on injury prevention and performance optimization.  In 2015, she worked as a physiotherapist living in China with the Chinese Olympic Teams in preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Now, in addition to maintaining her practice in California, she works on a contractual basis with  Cirque Du Soleil as a physiotherapist in their performance medicine department. I had the good fortune to sit down together over a cup of tea and discuss her fascinating and practical approach to injury prevention and performance...

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Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell is the chief content officer of CircusTalk and the editor-in-chief of CircusTalk News. They have written about circus for Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and were a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association. In 2019 as the editor for CircusTalk News, Kim was on the jury at el Festival Iberoamericano de Circo (FIRCO) and presented the first CircusTalk Critic's Choice Award. In 2021, Kim was on the voting committee for the International Circus Awards.