Recognising abuse and protecting children in gymnastics and the performing arts

In recent years high-profile scandals have revealed that children in gymnastics and ther performing arts are particularly vulnerable to abuse by coaches and others.

In this discussion, physiotherapists Emma Stevenson and Bill Taylor talk about how they think we as physiotherapists can advocate for and protect children and contribute to a safe environment for them.

Bill Taylor is a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist and consultant physiotherapist to the Scottish Ballet. He has extensive experience working with performers of all ages including children.

Emma Stevenson is a former college-level competitive gymnast who knows some of the people involved in the recent scandals in US Gymnastics. After completing her DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) qualification in the UK, she now works as a physiotherapist in London, and has a particular interest in supporting young athletes.

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