Discerning the Dancer
Dancers are a unique group of “athletes” with specific needs. To be able to affectively treat a dancer the therapist must understand the specific joint, muscle activation and strength requirements for the success of the dancer. This will often a dancer can keep dancing when another therapist would not allow it.
The stress on the body in many forms of dance can be similar to many other high impact sports but the range of motion required may only compare to gymnastics. Dancers are most commonly injured due lack of strength to control a movement or lack of available range and trying force range inappropriately and resultant alter biomechanics or body position.
For dancers in pain we can assess your movement patterns and strength to assist in identifying underlying causes of musculoskeletal pain, and determine then design a rehab program to assist dance patients to return to sport quickly and safely.
We carryout Movement Analysis and Pre-Pointe Assessment of a Dancer from beginners through to elite or professional dancers
Common dance injuries your physiotherapist treat include:-
Former Physiotherapist to Dancing with the Stars and the last 15 years providing physiotherapy for dance schools and professionals across the Sunshine Coast undertaking Assessment, Strengthening and Dance Injury Treatment
En Point Assements and Screening
The dance physiotherapists at The Sports Physico are passionate about dance and performance industries and ensuring you are ready for this next big step of dancing en pointe.
Designed to help you dance safely and to the best of your ability, the pre-pointe assessment can be broken into three parts
- Your Dancing and Injury History
Initially we will want to discuss with you about your history and may ask questions such as:-
- How long have you been doing ballet for?
- What level of ballet are you currently at?
- Have you got or had any injuries?
- Range of Movement
Then the physio will measure the range of movement of the joints lower limbs will cope under the loads required for dancing en pointe.
It gives the physiotherapist all of the details he/she requires to understand how the dancer’s
- Functional Assessment
Next we will want to assess how you function with some tests that have been proven to assist in diagnosis of injury risk.