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Brooke Winder

Dr. Brooke Winder, Professor, teaches courses in Functional Anatomy, Pilates, Placement for the Dancer, and dance science. She is coordinator of the Dance Science degree program, a practicing physical therapist, and a BASI-certified Pilates instructor.

Education/Professional Background

Dr. Winder holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California and a BFA in Dance from Chapman University.She is a certified Pilates instructor through Body Arts and Science International. Brooke possesses a diverse background as a dancer and performer that informs her unique perspective and passionate focus on dancer health, wellness and injury prevention. Originally a competitive gymnast, Brooke transitioned into training in modern and contemporary dance, with foundations in Graham, Horton and release technique prior to her BFA studies. After earning her BFA at Chapman University, she performed professionally with Orange County-based Backhausdance. Her great interest in learning more about injury prevention and movement science led her from her performance career into the physical therapy profession. Brooke is currently a practicing physical therapist who has treated a wide variety of orthopedic patients, including dancers of all ages. She is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy, having completed a rigorous post-professional residency in orthopedic physical therapy with the University of Southern California where she mentored with top physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons. Brooke also has specialized training in women’s and men’s pelvic rehabilitation and maintains practice in the Orange County area in both orthopedics and pelvic health. 

Publications/Research Presentations

  • Winder BR. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in a Dancer with Lumbar, Sacroiliac and Coccyx Pain.Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice. 2017; 29(4):222-225.
  • Winder, BR. Optimization of Pelvic Floor Health in Dancers. Workshop Session. 36thAnnual Performing Arts Medicine Association International Symposium. June 2018, Orange, CA.
  • Winder BR. Optimizing Pelvic Floor and Bladder Health for Dancers. International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Regional Meeting. Platform presentation. June 2018, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Rowley MK, Shih S, Mikkelson P, Winder BR, Kulig K.Athletics Meets Aesthetics: Lower extremity injury treatment in dance vs. sport. Educational session. APTA Combined Sections Meeting. February 2018, New Orleans, LA.
  • Winder, BR. From the dance floor to the pelvic floor: concerns regarding pelvic floor dysfunction in performers.Platform Presentation. International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Annual Conference: A Day for Medics. October 2017, Houston, TX.
  • Winder, BR. Dance, The Core, and the Pelvic Floor: Considerations for Optimal Pelvic Floor Health in Dancers. Workshop Session. 6thAnnual Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists: Changing Our Future (Performing Arts Medical Association Regional Conference). September 2016, Orange, CA.
  • Winder, BR. Jumping and Leaping in Dance: Lessons Learned in the Biomechanics Laboratory. Platform Presentation. International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Annual Meeting. October 2013, Seattle, WA.
  • Kulig K, Loudon J, Popovich JM Jr, Pollard CD, Winder BR. Dancers with Achilles tendinopathy demonstrate altered lower extremity take-off kinematics. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2011; 41(8):606-613.
  • Loudon J, Popovich JM Jr, Winder BR, Pollard CD, Kulig K. Lower extremity kinematics in the presence of Achilles tendinopathy during a saut de chat performed by elite dancers.Poster presentation. APTA Combined Sections Meeting 2010, San Diego, CA.
  • Winder BR, Asami DK, Pollard CD, Souza RB, Arya S, Popovich JM Jr, Kulig K.Lower-extremity joint kinetics during the takeoff phase of a grand jeté performed by elite dancers.  Poster PresentationAPTACombined Sections Meeting 2009, Las Vegas, NV and CPTA 2009, Pasadena, CA.

Research Interests

Dr. Winder’s research interests center on the investigation of ways to mitigate dance injuries and optimize dance performance. Specifically, she is interested in exploring injuries related to the low back and pelvic region. She has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science and the International Journal of Sports Medicine.


Dr. Winder currently acts as a clinical consultant with the University of Southern California’s Jaqueline Perry Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory’s dance research team. 

She is currently Nominating Committee member and previous Research Committee Chair of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Orthopedic Section Performing Arts Special Interest Group (PASIG). She has also served on the Development Committee for the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. Brooke is an active member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association.