Dance Physio & Assessments
Dancers place a high demand on their body often knowing little about how their body works. A dance physio screening can help to heal old injuries or niggles while also uncovering areas of technique that can be improved on to prevent injuries from occurring.
Pre-pointe screenings are also available at the clinic to ensure your body is physically ready for the demands of pointe work.
Going up onto pointe is very exciting time for a keen ballet dancer however it is important to ensure that the dancer has strong feet and ankles, good turnout and core control as well as an appropriate base level knowledge of ballet technique.
The findings of your dance physio assessment will be reported via email or letter to both you/your parent and your dance teacher with specific focus on how any injuries will be treated as well as areas that require improvement e.g. turn out range.
It is important that the client and teachers are educated on relative rest and specific exercises to ensure 100% return to dance and prevention of injuries. Open communication and feedback from teachers and clients is also encouraged as this allows for well rounded management and keeps everyone on the same page and aiming for the same goal.
Pre-pointe assessments and dance assessments are a process – very rarely do we meet someone who is ready to progress en pointe after their initial screening. So what should you expect? And what do you need to bring?
Our Dance Physio Experience
Our physiotherapist grew up dancing in the Hills area and completed her Major 3 (second year) in the Australian Dance Assessment Program (ADAP) with Honours.
She has taught for a number of dance schools in the area including Dance Pointe, Glenda Lloyd’s School of Ballet, Hills Adult Dance Academy and Julie Melrose School of Dance.
As a dancer herself she has experienced the demands of being ready for a ballet exam or eisteddfod whilst having to deal with injuries and hopes to educate the dancers that you don’t have to live with the pain or ‘dance through it’.
Don’t let an injury be the one thing that prevents you from reaching your full dance potential – have it seen to and learn how to take back control of your body to be the best you can be.
The Process at Initial Screening
- Our dance physiotherapist will start by taking a history which will include previous injuries, current exercise and what dance lessons you are participating in as well as what your goals are with your dancing
- We’ll then have a look at your technique – this gives us a general idea of your core control, turnout ability and foot / ankle strength
- After this we’ll be able to hone in on areas you need to work and improve on and take some specific measurements of your turnout, ankle range, rises strength and flexibility
- From here your dance physiotherapist will then prescribe specific exercises for areas that require improving such as rises and doming
- This will then be communicated via email to your teacher / parent
- After your initial appointment your dance physiotherapist will want to follow up with you and make sure that you are doing your exercises correctly and if you have reached the initial goals set they will then progress the exercises and make them more challenging
- Every dancer will progress at different rates and their dedication to completing their exercises will also determine when they will progress en pointe – as a result the pre pointe process may take a few appointment
What should I bring / wear?
- Bring your ballet shoes and demi pointes if you have them
- Wear shorts and a singlet top as this makes assessing your posture easier for our physiotherapist