Each programme is bespoke and addresses the specifics of that individual. The starting point is a two-part assessment – spoken and physical.
The spoken assessment will determine what the client would like to achieve and what they are prepared to do to attain their goals. Also discussed will be the client’s activity levels with detailed description required in many cases; the physical demands of the client’s occupation; their current medical status and previous medical history. Other areas discussed are diet, perceived sleep quality and quantity and exercise motivation. For clients who have an active injury and pain, the assessment will include specific sections regarding the history of the problem and a pain questionnaire.
The physical assessment follows on from the spoken assessment. A variety of tests and observation are used to determine strength, speed, stamina, range of movement, flexibility and skill. The client’s static and dynamic posture will also be assessed. A focus on quality of movement will always be a factor in the physical assessment. Video analysis may be used to perform this for example to assess running gait.
Depending on what is gleaned during the spoken and physical assessments, a programme will be constructed for the client to follow and work on with Simon. The programme will aim to achieve mutually agreed goals and would include physical drills and exercises as well as mental techniques to enhance achievement. The programme will be reviewed regularly with the client with reference to the set goals.