PAEDIATRIC (CHILD) ASSESSMENT
Paediatric physical assessments
Pilates for children
Improves Physical fitness
Reduce Weight gain
Our paediatric physical assessments are done by one of our Biokineticists prior to your child either participating in one of the Pilates for children classes or one of the scoliosis group classes. These assessments are necessary as they will give us an indication as to your child’s muscular strength and weaknesses, their range of flexibility, physical fitness, posture, core control as well as their gross motor competence. Gross motor skills involve skills which are fundamental to movement. They include both locomotor skills (skills that allow you to move from one place to another) as well as ball skills (which demonstrate reaction time, spatial awareness and hand- eye co-ordination). Based on your child’s age, their results are compared to the norms of other children of the same sex that also fall into the same age group. This will give both the parent and the biokineticist an indication as to which goals to strive for during their exercise prescription. Other issues which may be raised during your child’s assessment is their body mass index, which measures whether your child is in a healthy weight zone, as well as any orthopaedic concerns which may be evident.
These assessments are fun for children, and will provide you with valuable objective measures of your child’s health as well as their physical development in terms of movement. Once your child has engaged in either group classes or individualised exercise sessions for a period of time, they will have the option to be re-assessed. This ensures that progress is being made and that the exercise programme can be re-evaluated to determine further future directions
Some of the benefits of revealing weaknesses and vulnerabilities in your child are that they can begin orthopaedic rehabilitation that can address a particular injury, improve their posture, reduce weight gain and boost fitness.