In this new CircusTalk Original Video Series, Certified Athletic Therapist and former professional aerialist Yasmine Mucher will be educating us on all things physical health for circus artists. From general maintenance and wellbeing to specific care for various acute and chronic injuries, this series will teach you how to understand and manage your body, as well as provide practical steps you can take towards optimal wellness. The Physical Health Series will be a valuable resource for circus artists of any discipline, however, the information within the episodes should not substitute individualized diagnosis and treatment for injuries that require immediate medical attention.
From Toronto, Ontario, Yasmine Mucher is a Certified Athletic Therapist, Registered Kinesiologist, and CSEP Certified Personal Trainer. She started training in circus arts in 2008, specializing in all things trapeze. This sparked her love and curiosity for the capabilities of the human body, but pain and injury exposed to her the lack of research, and practitioners knowledgeable in the area of circus arts and the needs of the artistic athlete’s body. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University in 2017, and an Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal University in 2020, throughout her education and thereafter, Yas worked as a circus performer and coach for people of all ages, applying scientifically informed methods to her own and her clients’ training and reaping the results.
In this episode, we are talking about acute injuries, meaning injuries that have a sudden onset. Here, we’ll go through a few general non-negotiables when it comes to seeking higher care, then go through additional non-negotiables joint by joint. “Non-negotiable” means that, as soon as possible, we are either contacting emergency medical services, or we are going to urgent care or an emergency room, depending on the situation and what is available to us. After that, we’ll talk about different strategies for managing injuries on our own, how to care for bruising and swelling, and how to identify symptoms of concussion....
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