What is a pre-pointe assessment?A pre-pointe assessment identifies areas needing improvement prior to or during a transition onto pointe. We look at flexibility, kinetic chains and strength to ensure a smooth transition onto pointe that minimises the risk of injury, particularly for young dancers.
Why is a pre-pointe assessment beneficial?Pre-pointe assessments are becoming a more common requirement for many dances and full-time ballet schools. Starting on pointe is an exciting milestone and this assessment helps for a smooth transition by screening pre-existing injuries and weaknesses that may contribute to injury and/or result in difficulty on pointe.
Who can benefit from a pre-pointe assessment?
- Range of young dancers to pre-professional dancers
- Dancers transitioning onto pointe for the first time
- Dancers who are already on pointe but are struggling to perform at optimal function
- Dancers frustrated by niggling and recurring injuries
What will the assessment involve?The assessment will be taken by a qualified physiotherapist with extensive experience in this field. In the session, we discuss your injury history, any physical concerns or difficulties, your functional capacities and your current goals. We perform a series of physical tests to assess key areas that may need improvement.
What is assessed during a session?
- Joint ranges from hip to ankle
- Lower limb strength tests
- Lumbo-pelvic and core strength
- Functional assessment including specific classical dance related techniques