Foot Assessment - We discuss the assessment of the dancers' foot in detail, with special consideration of anatomical variances in foot type and foot shape, as well as how this affect the fitting of pointe shoes. We explore the different arches of the foot and the appropriate levels of dynamic control needed to progress onto pointe work.
Hip Assessment - It is important to look at the anatomical structure of the hips, as well as the dancers dynamic control of turnout before adding the challenge of pointe shoes. Simple screening tests can highlight issues that may be missed in regular class work.
Core Stability Assessment - This is a perfect time to ensure that the dancer has dynamic and spontaneous core stability, as this is an area that is lacking in many young students. Ensuring optimal function before progressing onto pointe can help prevent many othe rhip, back and ankle injuries in dancer en pointe.
Other Things to Consider - This section looks at elements beyond the physical assessment that must be considered when assessing a student for their preparedness for pointe work. This includes things such as age and development, level of hypermobility, body type and maturity.
Completing the Assessment & Exercise Prescription - Following the completion of the assessment, we discuss recommendations based on the assessment findings and how to prescribe appropriate home exercises for individual students or the class as a whole.