It is a useful tool in order to have a close up look at an athlete on an individual basis in order to identify any poor movement patterns, mobility issues or weaknesses which may lead to a sports injury if left untreated. This in depth analysis will also provide information for the sportsman/woman which will then help improve technique and performance.
What are we looking for?
- Any anomalies e.g. scoliosis (curve in the spine)
- Tightness/muscle shortening
- Strength, flexibility and range of movement in all areas of the body
- Body awareness
- Any issue which may lead to an injury in the future
How does it help the athlete?
- A screening analysis can help improve technique and performance
- It improves body awareness
- It gives a comparison over time
- It can help with setting realistic personal aims/goals
- It may help explain a change in form
- It helps with the prevention of injury
What does a screening involve?
It lasts for approximately one hour and takes place at the child's sports club. During the screening you child will be asked to do a number of tasks and will be tested in a number of ways. We will be looking at different areas such as:
- Core, shoulder and pelvic stability
- Balance, proprioception (joint feedback) and body awareness
- Growth and change in body shape
- Range of movement and muscle strength
- Plyometrics (ability to push off/jump) and biomechanics of movement
At the end of the hour, the physio will then analyse all the results in detail and you/ the club coach will receive a report which breaks down all the results from the screening and relates them to your child and their sport. An individual programme will then be produced of exercise that can easily incorporated in to training sessions or done at home, to help with any issues raised during the screening. This will be tailored specifically for your child. It is advised that this screening is repeated every 6 months to monitor changes through growth.