became interested in poi during my time studying physiotherapy at the
University of British Columbia. Skill toy practice provides an awesome
opportunity for a physiotherapist to study the mechanics of human movement.
The movements and in some cases, extreme positioning of joints during
skill toy practice, shows how adaptable the human body can be when trained
Although beautiful to watch when performed by a skill toy expert, these
body positions can be harmful to soft tissues. By collaborating with
Nick Woosley on this project, I had the opportunity to study poi in
depth from a physiotherapy perspective. I posted questions
on the "Home of Poi" website regarding injuries that people had sustained
from their skill toy practice. The response that came back reinforced
my suspiscion that repetitive strain injuries such as tendonitis would
be the most prominent.
Interestingly though, several respondents suggested that poi had helped
them recover from pre-existing repetitive strain injuries. This also did
not surprise me as poi could certainly be included as an exercise if introduced
during the correct stage of a rehab program.
The video focusses on increasing your awareness of body mechanics during
skill toy practice and provides valuable information on how to prevent
injuries from occuring. I hope that the information will be informative
and helpful in practicing skill toys sustainably.