Rehab With Sport-Specific Skill Integration
Athletes In Motion (A.I.M.) Program
Injury and surgery can be devastating for an athlete…believe us, we know as athletes ourselves! Injury is both physical and mental and as an athlete, there is always concern that you will not be able to ever play at the level you were at before your injury. At OPTI, our approach to treating injured athletes is unique! Our athletes go through our Athletes In Motion (A.I.M.) program with sport-specific skill integration from your first day of rehab to your last! We make an effort to get you back to where you want to be!
(144th & Dodge)
625 N. 144th Ave., Ste. 102
Omaha. NE 68154
Specific to Athletes
Confident and Safe Transition Back to Sports
The A.I.M. program is designed to allow for a confident and safe transition back to sports for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Sport-specific skills are implemented into a physical therapy program, resulting in improved motivation and confidence to return to competition. Integrating these skills into an athlete’s rehab assists with maintenance of an athlete’s skill level while being sidelined from their sport. The doctors of physical therapy at OPTI will provide direct, one-on-one treatment with the injured athlete, individualizing rehab programs to meet the demands of the sport to which the athlete will be returning. The goal is to improve strength, agility, power, endurance, coordination, and speed to allow for a safe, confident, and successful return to activities like sprinting, jumping, landing, and cutting.
Athletes are seen at our main clinic along with our Athlete’s In Motion (A.I.M.) clinic which allows for access to field turf. If an athlete’s sport does not involve a turf surface, other sports arenas or locations are utilized for sport-specific rehab including basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts, grass fields, tracks, swimming pools, and ice rinks to provide proper exposure before transitioning back into a sport.
OPTI’s A.I.M. clinic is located inside of the Omaha Sports Complex on 147th and Giles which allows athletes access to nearly 70,000 square feet of field turf with goals, nets, batting cages and an abundance of space for kicking, throwing, hitting, punting, and general multi-directional loading and unloading specific to sport! It’s important for athletes to be exposed to sport-specific surfaces or arenas (such as field turf, grass, ice rinks, swimming pools, and court surfaces) prior to returning to practices and games to reduce the risk of re-injury upon return as well as improve confidence levels!
OPTI’s AIM Program Includes:
Sport-specific skill integration: Graded exposure to sport-specific skills
Performance Training: Speed, power, and agility training
Strengthening: Advanced strengthening and plyometrics
Surface Specific Exposure: The A.I.M. program allows for surface specific exposure at OPTI’s secondary location inside the Omaha Sports Complex (turf field), outside grass fields, basketball/volleyball/tennis courts, gyms, pools, and ice rinks.
Did you know:
Average ACL Reconstruction Rehabilitation Programs:
Only 44% Return to A Competitive Sport
According to a systematic review of literature involving ACL Reconstruction Rehabilitation programs performed in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in 2011, only 44% of athletes who had undergone an ACLR returned to a competitive sport after their rehabilitation
With OPTI Rehabilitation Program:
95% Return to A Competitive Sport
At OPTI over the past 15 years, 95% of our patients who have rehabilitated a reconstructed ACL have returned to a competitive sport, including several professional athletes, Division I athletes, and high school athletes who went on to earn collegiate athletic scholarships.
“Katie is the best PT in the world! I truly appreciate her patience, enthusiasm, and knowledge. I am now back playing softball and loving it!” –Jessi (ACL surgery)
“Going to physical therapy at OPTI was something I looked forward to every week. Katie not only helped me with the physical part but she also got me through the mental obstacles of recovery. She is the only therapist I know that will take her patient out on the field and work with them one-on-one. Katie and Brent made me feel comfortable and they could always make me laugh through the frustrating times in rehab.” –Ally B.
"My orthopedic surgeon suggested physical therapy for my tennis elbow. I had no idea where to start? I called my PCP and was referred to OPTI…I couldn’t be more satisfied with the therapy I received from there. Everyone is nice starting at the front desk with Lori! I would recommend them hands down than any other place in town. Thanks OPTI!" –Stephanie (Tennis Elbow)
"I really appreciate how much Brent helped me get back into playing collegiate baseball after my shoulder surgery. He gave me comfort, hope, and strength during a tough time and I am grateful for it." –Mike (Shoulder surgery)
“Something I would want people to know about OPTI is that I was able see the same physical therapist every single visit. Most people do not realize that this is unfortunately unique about OPTI. I went to a different PT clinic initially for my injury and found out I was being seen by a college student who was a technician there so I switched to OPTI. It is a night and day difference in quality of care between the two clinics.” – Claire B.
“As an orthopedic surgeon, it is comforting to know that my patients are getting the attention they deserve. They are the most trustworthy PT’s in the area. I have even sent family to them.” – Orthopedic Surgeon in the Omaha area
“The one on one attention was great. I liked that everything we did tied back to soccer. My rehab was soccer-specific and I was able to get some sessions in at the Athletes In Motion Clinic out at the Omaha Sports Complex which was pretty awesome! I felt confident in returning to play!” – Paul (Ankle Injury)
“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 repair, 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 on countless adventures and challenges. I certainly have your impressive expertise and fabulous patient care to thank for much of that. So, with all of my heart (and my healthy-thanks-to-you-right-knee), I am grateful. Thank you for leaving a positive permanent impact in my life!” – Becca (ACL Surgery)
“As an athlete, soccer is my life. ACL Reconstruction surgery could have ended my career. I am forever grateful to Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI) and their Athletes In Motion (A.I.M.) program. OPTI’s team got me back into action and I am back playing the sport I love. OPTI has the best Physical Therapy team in Omaha.” – Mayme Conroy, UNL Soccer, Redditch United F.C.
“I did most of my rehab at the A.I.M. clinic. It was awesome! From the first day, I knew I was going to make it back to pitching. Having the turf and the nets to throw and pitch into helped me get my confidence back.” – Brandon (Tommy John Surgery)
“I am so grateful for the care I received from Marc. He was gentle and kind and helped my back so much.” – Bonnie (Low back pain)
“I have had a total knee replacement on both knees but have gone to two different places for physical therapy. Omaha Physical Therapy Institute was so much better than the first place I had to go to. I was able to see Brent every time and his approach to getting my knee to straighten and bend was a lot more effective and less painful than the other place.” – Diane T.