A pre pointe assessment allows our team of Physiotherapists and Clinical Pilates specialists to determine whether your body is ready to begin pointe work.
It is also a safety measure that aids in the prevention of injuries. Our physiotherapists and Clinical Pilates instructors have significant experience in the dance industry at many levels.
This gives our therapists the ability to understand the multitude of pressures, both physically and psychologically, that can make a huge difference in developing optimally into a ballet dancer.
Our treatment and conditioning programs are tailored to each participant allowing for optimal enhancement of your dance technique and ability.
How Our Dance Physiotherapists Assess You
Our therapists have been specifically trained to conduct detailed pre-pointe assessments, observe individual weaknesses, and create conditioning programs to correct these biomechanical and technical elements before going onto pointe.
During the Initial Physiotherapy Dance Assessment (Pre-Pointe Assessment and Report), our physiotherapist will assess numerous outcome measures, including:
- Pointe range
- Foot control
- Abdominal control
- Turnout range
- Footwork technique
- General technique
- General body awareness and control
- Degree of joint hypermobility
The assessment results will be compared to the appropriate values for your age and peers. This will be detailed in a comprehensive report for you and your dance teacher. Any measures which do not meet the recommended standard will be addressed via an extensive Clinical Pilates Dance Conditioning Program. This program can be performed in our Leichhardt Incline Health clinic with a Clinical Pilates Dance Instructor.
When Should I Have a Pre-Pointe Assessment?
Whilst there is no specific age or time that suits everyone, our physiotherapists generally recommend not undertaking an assessment until a minimum of 11 years old due to growth related changes. At this age, your dance teacher who is familiar with your ballet technique and progress may suggest you undertake a pre pointe assessment.
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