WebExercises Sports Medicine Minute with Dr. Norman Eng
Why should exercise be one of the cornerstones of a successful care plan or rehab strategy? How do other providers approach this topic? What can we learn from each other to help our patients succeed? This week we are excited to feature Dr. Norman Eng, DC to learn more about injury prevention for soccer players.
Dr. Eng is the team chiropractor for the Atlanta United soccer club and holds a FIFA diploma in sports medicine. He also served Team USA during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio as a team chiropractor. Dr. Eng has been a sports medicine team member for the 2015 Outdoor Track and Field World Championships, 2014 Indoor Track and Field World Championships in Sopot, Poland, 2014 World Junior Championships, 2012 USA Track and Field Olympic Trials, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014 USA Track and Field National Championships, and the Gold Cup Soccer Tournament. Dr. Eng received his doctorate from the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic where he graduated with highest honor (summa cum laude) and was inducted to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
WebExercises: What is most common injury in soccer players?
Dr. Norman Eng: The most common injuries seen involve the hamstring. The constant acceleration and deceleration in the sport can create a lot of stress to that area, and that’s why it’s always very important to maintain good eccentric strength.
WebExercises: What are your 3 go-to exercises to prevent hamstring injuries?
Dr. Norman Eng:
1. Nordic Hamstring Curl
2. Single Leg Deadlifts
3. Monster Walks for Glute Strength
WebExercises: What is a good frequency for your exercise programs (per week)?
Dr. Norman Eng: Firstly, you should make sure that the hamstring is pain free first. 3x/week is a good frequency. In addition, riding an exercise bike is great for recovery once the pain subsides.
WebExercises: When do you progress patients to a new exercise program?
Dr. Norman Eng: Patient progression is based on time and pain levels. Listen to your body and give it the appropriate rest because the biggest mistake is when someone tries to return to play too soon. Hamstring injuries can take anywhere from 3-8 weeks depending on the severity. Towards the latter end of the rehabilitation period, ball drills and plyometrics should be part of the training routine.
WebExercises: Do you prescribe exercises patients can do at home? How important is that to achieve your desired outcomes?
Dr. Norman Eng: The exercises that I prescribe are ones that patients can always do at home without the use of machines. Practicality and simplicity are best when teaching exercises.
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