Harkness Center for Dance Injuries IPAIRS Project

International Performing Arts Injury Reporting System (IPAIRS)

There is currently no standard injury surveillance system in broad use among members of the performing arts medicine and science community. The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, part of the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, has created a free, secure, and electronic platform for use of its International Performing Arts Injury Reporting System (IPAIRS) under the direction of Dr. Marijeanne Liederbach, who created the system back in 1981 when working with the Joffrey Ballet. IPAIRS (©1981, 2017) is used collaboratively by multiple participating sites for collection of both screening and injury data with the essential aim of reducing injury risks and improving both clinical outcomes and prevention efforts.