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Damon Cheng

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APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist
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Geelong Campus
BSc(Physio)(Hons), GradCertSportsPhysio, MSportsPhysio

Bio

Damon has been practising physiotherapy since 2002 in Australia and internationally in private, public and sporting settings. He understands that many injuries that occur in sports, also occur as a result of everyday activities. Damon realises that regardless of the injury and the client to whom the injury occurs, many scientific strategies can be deployed to speed up the recovery and prevent recurrence.

Damon has a particular interest in the management of not only acute (fresh) injury, but also he specialises in managing chronic (long-standing) pain stemming from sports & exercise injuries as well as the injuries sustained by performing everyday activities. Damon prioritises thorough an accurate assessment and manages clients with a strong focus on evidence-based management and patient education. Damon is skilled in providing targeted strength and conditioning exercises and hands-on treatment such as therapeutic massage, electro dry needling or stretching for pain management.  Damon believes that having an effective treatment plan will help you with setting achievable and meaningful goals.

During the time studying his Master of Sports Physiotherapy, Damon had spent a considerable amount of time working with soccer players ranging from local state leagues to Eredivisie levels. He has developed specialised knowledge (from pitchside to return to sports phase) in treating and rehabilitating ACL injury/ postoperative reconstruction rehabilitation, knee pain, tendinopathy, hip/groin injuries and hamstrings injuries.

Outside sports medicine, Damon works in multidisciplinary pain clinic of the Royal Melbourne Hospital alongside leading pain medicine specialists in the field. Damon believes that there are many opportunities to combine his understanding of pain science and pain management with his knowledge of sports injury and management. He is inspired to bridge the gap between sports medicine and pain medicine and bring about the best outcomes for his clients.

In addition to English, Damon also speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese.

Qualifications

2018
Master of Sports Physiotherapy, La Trobe University
2016
Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy, La Trobe University
2002
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physiotherapy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Career Highlights / Affiliations / Associations

U20’s Physiotherapist – Avondale FC (2016-2018)

Physiotherapy Master Placement – KNVB (2016)

Physiotherapist – Truganina Hornets Soccer Club (2016)

Physiotherapist – Point Cook Soccer Club (2015)

Event Physiotherapist – Oxfam Trailwalker HK (2002, 2004)

Professional Conference Presentations

Hip and Groin Pain in Sports – Invited speaker, Werribee Mercy Hospital, 2017

Placebo and Nocebo in Clinical Practice – Invited international speaker, Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association, 2017

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