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Staying Comfortable and Healthy at Work

Keeping it Comfy at Work! Ergonomics:  Merriam-Webster defines ergonomics as an “applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people interact most efficiently and safely.”  At Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI), we perform ergonomic evaluations which include assessing a specific work environment and job duties and making sure it is safe and effective in allowing…

Omaha Physical Therapy Institute has been serving Omaha for 10 YEARS!

Omaha Physical Therapy Institute is Celebrating It’s 10 Year Anniversary! It’s hard to believe that it has already been 10 YEARS since we opened Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI).  From the initial planning stages to now, it has been a wonderfully awesome, scary, fulfilling, exhausting, and exciting adventure.   Inspired by our passion for helping others and providing people with the…

Paul’s Comeback to Soccer After an Ankle Sprain

Determined to Get Back to the Field:  Paul’s Comeback Story Paul Devine, 2001 Sporting Omaha FC Elite soccer player, has fought his way back to the field! After suffering a severely sprained ankle, Paul was treated at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI) and was able to return to play safely and confidently! Check out Paul’s Q & A below!  …

OPTI’s SoccerFIT Medically Based Soccer-Specific Conditioning Program

SoccerFIT The OPTI Comeback Club SoccerFIT Program is geared towards former OPTI patients who are training for college soccer but is also open to high school aged athletes (if space allows) who want to have more medically based supervision and direction while working on their soccer-specific fitness! The group sessions are 2 days a week and incorporate soccer specific agility,…

Becca’s Note of Gratitude

“This note is no doubt long overdue, but comes with enormous gratitude that only continues to grow. This September marked three years since my ACL surgery, and each day since I have been blessed with the ability to be fully active, play any sport my heart desired, continue coaching the beautiful game of soccer, climb new mountains (literally) and take…

Recommended Pitch Counts for Youth Baseball

Recommendations from USA Baseball Regarding Pitch Counts for Youth Players Based upon its expertise and review of existing studies, the USA Baseball Medical & Safety Advisory Committee makes the following recommendations for minimizing a pitcher’s risk of future serious arm injury and maximizing his chance of success: Coaches and parents should listen and react appropriately to a youth pitcher when…

Avoiding Injury in Baseball and Softball

Avoiding Injury in Baseball and Softball As physical therapists, we are experts in the treatment of injuries and pain.  However, an important aspect of our profession is educating coaches on how to decrease injuries in their athletes.  Here are some tips for Baseball and Softball coaches to decrease the risk for injury and keep athletes healthy throughout the season. Make…

Stephanie’s Scar Story

  “OPTI has inspired me more than you can imagine. OPTI helped me find myself again. My Physical Therapist never gave up on me which I couldn’t be more grateful for. Thank you for everything!” -Stephanie Dashiell Dear OPTI, I appreciate everything you have done for me. In the beginning, I felt broken and I was mentally down about tearing…

The Incidence of Injury on Turf vs. Grass Field

It seems that in the world of soccer, more and more facilities are putting field turf in and moving away from a natural grass playing surface. How is this impacting injury rates? In a prospective study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine performed in 2013, the authors looked at injury rates in collegiate women soccer players during games (not…

Foods for Healing and Recovery!

Foods for Healing and Recovery Have you ever thought about how your nutrition can impact your healing from an injury?  What you eat can play a vital role in your recovery, allowing for proper healing times and improving energy levels.  Below is a list of anti-inflammatory foods, herbs, and spices along with foods high in protein to keep on the…