Dance Screening

Dance Screening

Article by Nadine Stewart

Dance Screening Information

Q: What is Dance Screening?

A: Dance screening is the process of using several clinical tests to gain information on a dancer’s strength, flexibility, a dancer’s posture, coordination, movement patterns, and technique.

Q: Why is Screening So Important for Dancers?

A: Screening is crucial for dancers, as the information obtained allows your physiotherapist to highlight what you, as a dancer, does well and what you may need to improve. You can then utilise this information to optimise your dance capacity and assist with preventing injury.  Less injury downtime improves a dancer’s ability to participate in full training and performance.

Q: What Type of Dance Screening Should You Seek?

A: At PhysioWorks, our dance physiotherapists offer three types of dance screening options depending on your individual needs:

1. General Musculoskeletal Dance Screening

The purpose of this general musculoskeletal dance screening service is to highlight any areas of tightness, weakness or concern that may predispose individual dancers to injury.

Allow 1-2 hours, depending on the dancer requirements.

2. Pre Pointe Screening Assessment

A Pre-Pointe Screening assessment aims to highlight any areas of tightness, weakness or concern that may predispose individual dancers to injury when transitioning to work en pointe. Ankle impingement syndrome is just one condition that an inappropriate transition to en pointe can cause.

Allow 1-2 hours, depending on the dancer requirements.

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3. Tertiary Dance Assessment (TDCA)

A Tertiary Dance Assessment (as per the Tertiary Dance Council of Australia, TDCA) will identify any areas of tightness, weakness or concern that may predispose individual dancers to injury when transitioning to study dance in a tertiary institution.

Allow 40-mins.

Q: Are the Dance Screening Physio Sessions Claimable Under Private Health Insurance?

A: Yes. Please bring your private health card with you so we can process the claim.

Q: What Do You Wear to a Dance Screening Session?

A: Please wear clothes that you can move around freely in.

Q: What Do You Bring to a Dance Screening Session?

A: Please bring your dance shoes (pointe shoes, ballet flats, jazz or tap shoes) and private health card with you to the dance screening session.

Q: When Do You Receive Your Assessment Results?

A: After your screening session, your PhysioWorks dance physiotherapist will analyse your results and will organise to email them to you within three business days. We do this after your visit to save you time. Your PhysioWorks dance physiotherapist can also forward your results to your dance instructor should you choose.

Q: What is the Cost of a Dance,  Pre Pointe or TDCA Session?

A: Dance assessment costs do vary depending on the complexity of the results that you seek. To simplify things, PhysioWorks has developed packages that include multiple levels of service.

Q. What are the Dance Assessment Packages Available at PhysioWorks?

Service Type

Duration
TERTIARY DANCE ASSESSMENT – Dance Screen – Short Report 0:40
BRONZE – Dance Screen or Pre-Pointe Screen – Results from Analysis- Results Report Summary 0:60
SILVER – Dance Screen or Pre-Pointe Screen – Results from Analysis- Results Report Summary- Personalised Home Exercise Program 1:20
GOLD – Dance Screen or Pre-Pointe Screen – Results from Analysis- Results Report Summary- Personalised Home Exercise Program- Follow up consultation to go through the results and personalised home exercise program.

Muscle Pain Injuries

Myalgia, or muscle pain, can have many sources. Here are some of the more common sources of your muscle pain. Please click the links for more information.

Muscle Strains By Region

Neck & Back:

Leg:

Arm:

Haematoma-related Myalgia

Fatigue-related Myalgia

Systemic Causes of Myalgia

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Muscle Strain Treatment

Muscle strain treatment will vary depending upon an accurate diagnosis from your health professional. The severity of your muscle strain, and what function or loads your injured muscle will need to cope with, will impact the length of your healing and rehabilitation process. Until you’ve been accurately diagnosed with a muscle strain, use the following guidelines:
  • Ice and a compression bandage.
  • Elevate the injured region if it is swollen.
  • If it’s painful to walk you should be using crutches.
  • Cease or reduce your exercise or activity level to where you feel no pain.
Muscle strain can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to rehabilitate successfully. Please seek the advice of your physiotherapist, doctor or your health care practitioner who specialises in muscle injuries eg massage therapist, to guide your treatment.

Common Treatments for Muscle Strain

The following options are available to your physiotherapist to assist the rehabilitation of your muscle strain. Please seek their professional advice prior to self-managing your injury to avoid aggravating your muscle strain. These are general guidelines only and should not be treated as individual treatment advice.

Acute Muscle Strain Treatment

Subacute Muscle Strain Treatment

Later Stage Muscle Strain Treatment Options

Other Factors to Consider

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