If you ask any member of Orange County Soccer Club (OCSC) what the key differentiator is in their care through the club or previous organizations, they’ll all say the same thing. They don’t have to go far for their on or off the field orthopedic care.
“Everything is in one place, from speaking with one of the team doctors, to physical therapy to performance training,” shared OCSC defender and 10-year professional soccer veteran Kevin Alston. “I can chat with the team doctors and they’ve already spoken with the trainers at ProSport, so when I come in, I can do physical therapy and the team training in one place. It’s one stop that has everything you need to get faster, stronger and back on the field quicker.”
And Alston would know. The professional athlete has played for several Major League Soccer and professional teams throughout his career, in addition to playing Division I soccer at Indiana University, and with that experience comes wisdom.
“At this point in my career, I recognize it’s crucial to identify my strengths and also identify areas around any injury to strengthen those muscles and prevent further injury,” Alston said.
Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI) recently announced its partnership with ProSport Physical Therapy and Performance, but the two organizations have been coordinating care through HOI’s affiliated sports medicine physicians and physical therapists at ProSport for some time. Like HOI, ProSport is well known in the community for superior outcomes in their comprehensive rehabilitation services for all patients, including professional and top-performing athletes.
“Since physical therapy is an essential component of the continuum of care for orthopedic patients, partnering with a like-minded rehabilitation provider to further expand our seamless approach to musculoskeletal patient care and performance services seemed a logical next step,” said Jennifer Mitzner, CEO of HOI. “Our goal is to continue improving care coordination between the surgical experience and rehabilitation so our orthopedic patients can return more quickly to sport, work and life.”
And speaking of returning to sport more quickly, Alston shared that his off the field work consists of added “activation and band work to strengthen my glutes to prevent hamstring injuries down the line.”
“I know that to be a pro, you have to train like a pro, and that is on and off the field. You also have to think about injury prevention in order to stay healthy and listen to your body,” Alston added. “I’m grateful for the whole team around us and that includes our team doctors at Hoag Orthopedic Institute, and our trainers at ProSport. Staying strong off the field will keep you strong on the field.”
For more information, call 888-271-3465 or visit Hoag Orthopedic Institute.