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June is just around the corner, ANZCA family. The weather is getting colder, Circus Aotearoa is winding down its 2018 tour, and ANZCA is gearing up for our second AGM. Happy nearly birthday to us!

This month we bring you an editorial from our intrepid reporter Ellie, who took some time out of her American adventures to write about caring for our fragile, fleshy meatmobiles.

We are proud to announce our upcoming Annual General Meeting to be held on Sat 9th June 2018 at Circability, 203-271 Victoria St West, Auckland.

We have set up a Facebook event where you will find the latest info on the AGM. We will send a follow-up email with a detailed meeting agenda closer to the date, as well as instructions for online participation if you are unable to attend in person in Auckland.

Our AGM will be open for public attendance. However only current paid ANZCA members will be eligible to vote on matters or be nominated for any Committee positions should there be any vacancies. If you know someone that would love to join the meeting it is not too late for them to sign up! To join ANZCA they simply need to complete our registration form, and make payment once an invoice is emailed to them. The registration form can be found here

Photo by Garth Badger from Thievery Studio
By Ellie May Marshall

As circus artists "injury prevention" are two words we should be thinking about. Whether we do circus for fitness, recreation, or as a professional - injuries are unfortunately a very real risk of our amazing physicality - but they don’t HAVE to be so prominent.

I have been training in Circus Arts for slightly over four years now and have had my share of small tweaks and sprains, plus an unpleasant lower back injury I'd rather not repeat. My early training focused around aerials and soon progressed into contortion & hand balance - all of which are subject to their own specific areas of common injuries.

From the get-go, I never wanted to experience something that would stop me training for an extended period of time. As a budding -and to be honest, rapidly addicted to- circus artist I couldn’t fathom not being able to train. I went about my training as best I could, armed with a basic knowledge of the importance of, and methods for, preparing my body for extreme physical activity.

We all know the routine of a basic training session:
⁃ Warm Up
⁃ Conditioning for the skill set you are training
⁃ Train those skills and push your body
⁃ Cool Down

But are we actually training for longevity out of our bodies? There are so many aspects to consider – this can be quite overwhelming.
Are we executing an effective warm up that targets the main areas we are asking to work for us? Are we strengthening the correct areas?

I’ve seen more shoulder injuries, back injuries, knee injuries and hip injuries than I care to admit in our community and it got me pondering on our practices as a whole and the burning question:
How can we prevent injury?

We’re all familiar with the term Rehabilitation… but PREhab?
"Prehab" is a concept built around conditioning diligently, and taking preventative measures to strengthen your body for what you are asking of it before an injury could occur. Preventative Rehab.

Let's look at rotator cuffs. Rotator cuff injuries are prevalent among aerialists. Prehab exercises would target these areas, making sure they stay strong and stable enough to keep up with the demands an aerialist can place on their shoulders.

Read the rest of the article over on our blog...


Photos from "Disconnect", React Studio's first public showing.

Performers- Jay Clement, Cel Searle, Ben Searle, Elly Bisson, and Erin Benning
Photos by Jay Hunter

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