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
What happens after the assessment?
After your assessment, we will provide you and your dance teacher with a report that highlights areas that need improvement. Often this will coincide with a modified transition onto pointe alongside a home program focusing on strengthening, stretching and balance exercises.
An optional follow-up appointment 1-2 weeks after is recommended to review progress, any prescribed exercises or questions you may have. A treatment plan for any injury concerns can also be made at this time.
Is a referral required?
A referral is not required for a pre-pointe assessment.
Can I claim this service as an extra on my health insurance policy?
A session may be claimed on private health insurance depending on your level of cover, please check with your private health insurance provider.