Dancing & Pre - Pointe Screenings
. . . A dancing screening uses simple tests, exercises and ballet movements to assess a dancer's technique, areas of good control or weakness.
If testing shows up issues, dancers are given exercises to improve these, before safely progressing to pointe work.
> Reduces risk of future ankle & foot injuries
> Assesses if the dancer is ready to progress to pointe work
> Teaches dancers exercises to master muscle control to avoid
overloading other muscles and joints
> Focuses on ankle control & turnout technique as these are two
key areas for dancers, and weakness in these areas commonly
leads to injuries
> Questions about your concerns, past injuries, dancing load or
technique issues your teacher has mentioned to you
> Simple tests, exercises and ballet movements to assess your
technique, areas of good control or weakness, as well as stiffness
> If we find areas of weakness that could put you at risk of injury,
we'll set you some exercises to practice, then touch base 2-3
weeks later to check that you've improved.
> Then we either progress them to a more difficult version to , or do
a short consult just to double check and send you on to safely
start pointe work!
> Please note if you have a current injury that needs physio
treatment, this will require a separate session.
> We ask that a parent or guardian be present for people under the
age of 18.
> With your consent, we contact your dancing teacher with a brief
note to say what issues we've discovered and been working on.
This allows them to keep an eye out and cue the same things to
help you improve during dance lessons.
Please wear leggings and a tight top, and your dance shoes to allow
your physio to easily see your lower back, hips, knees and ankles.
If you already have pointe shoes, please bring them along
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