Archive for August, 2011

Parenting a Healthy Dancer Workshop to be held at The Ballet School of Stamford


Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Most injuries in dancers, for both students and professionals, are not the result of a sudden or traumatic event. They usually occur from overuse over a period of time. Because dance training involves repetitive movements done in classes, rehearsals, and performances, a lot of stress is put on dancers’ ligaments and muscles. Over time, this repetitive activity can lead to a number of overuse injuries.

On Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m., The Ballet School of Stamford and the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education will team up to present a FREE injury prevention workshop for parents of dancers. Parenting a Healthy Dancer will feature a panel of experts who will discuss how to keep young dancers healthy in mind and body.  The panel will include Sports Medicine Physician Dr. Gloria Cohen, Dance Physical Therapist Samara DiMattia MSPT and Psychotherapist Becca Gaines, MS PC. The program is being hosted by The Ballet School of Stamford at 175 Atlantic Street in Stamford and will highlight the importance of understanding the signs and symptoms of the most common dance injuries including tendinitis, snapping hip, foot stress injuries, sprained ankles, and low back pain.

“The workshop will cover the physical and emotional challenges for the young dancer,” said Dr. Cohen. “It will stress the importance of proper technique and identifying any muscle imbalances in the young dancer that might lead to an injury. The workshop will include discussion of proper strengthening and stretching exercises that can prevent injuries, basic rehabilitation exercises for dancers recovering from an injury, and how to know when to see a professional about a condition.” The FREE workshop will be conducted in an open forum. The public is invited, however advance registration is requested. For information, or to register, please send an email to, or call 203-358-8853. For directions go to

The Ballet School of Stamford is a not-for-profit school that provides professional dance training for children and adults from Fairfield and Westchester counties. The school is entering its thirteenth year and has moved into its new home at Old Town Hall. Through its relationship with Stamford Center for the Arts, the Ballet School is able to provide unique performance opportunities for its students, with a varied repertoire of original productions and classical ballets.

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ONS Foundation receives $300,000 Donation to support Research Lab


Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Milton Sender of Stamford, CT has made a $300,000 donation to the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education to support the operations of a new arthroscopy, surgical skills and biomechanics laboratory. 

Milton Sender (left) with ONS Foundation officers Vicki Leeds Tananbaum and Dr. Paul Sethi who recently announced a $300,000 donation from Mr. Sender to the ONS Foundation in Greenwich, CT.

The ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education has announced the receipt of a $300,000 donation from Milton Sender of Stamford, CT and Middleburg, VA. The funds will go towards the operations support for the Foundation’s new laboratory for arthroscopy, surgical skills and biomechanics research.

Milton Sender is a co-founder and former-CEO of Daymon Worldwide, a marketing company of private-brand products. He became interested in the Foundation after being treated by physicians at ONS who are also involved with the ONS Foundation. “I met (Drs.) Mark Camel and Seth Miller when I needed surgery on my neck and shoulder after a fall from a horse. I was very impressed with the competence of the doctors at ONS. I heard about the Foundation and I wanted to do something to help people in my own community who have helped me so much. The Foundation was a natural choice. I believe that if you are good at what you do, you shouldn’t have a ceiling over your head. I hope my gift will help stimulate others to support the Foundation, so it may continue to advance research on treatments for bone and joint conditions into the future.” Mr. Sender added that his own experiences with injuries and treatments have made him acutely aware of the potential for orthopedics and neurosurgery to have a major impact on peoples’ lives.

The $300,000, which will be distributed over five years, will go towards operating the ONS Foundation Laboratory for arthroscopy, surgical skills and biomechanics that is under development and expected to open in January 2012. Research projects currently underway using outside labs include a comparison study of open and minimally invasive spinal fusion procedures, a comparative outcome and cost analysis for treatment of unstable odontoid fractures in the elderly, an evaluation of intra-articular rotator cuff repair and an examination of the pathenogensis of rotator cuff tears.

“It is an honor to have Milton’s support,” said Vicki Leeds Tananbaum, Vice President to the Board of Directors of the Foundation. “To be recognized by someone of Milton’s stature and reputation is a real complement to the Foundation. We look forward to working closely with him.”


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