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Volleyball Specific Exercises

Training like you play is important for decreasing the risk for injury but also maximizing your performance. Below are some different exercises that address activation patterns that are required in volleyball that volleyball athletes can incorporate into their workouts or warm-ups!   If you have any questions or need volleyball specific physical therapy services, call Omaha Physical Therapy Institute today!…

Some Ways to Resistance Train at Home

Why Should I Resistance Train? Do you need to pick up kids/grandkids? Do you carry and pick up grocery bags? Do you enjoy gardening and yard work? Do you enjoy home improvement tasks? Do you enjoy being active with recreational sports, aerobic exercise, or going to the gym? If you answered yes to any of the above, then you NEED…

Resiliency During Rehabilitation

Resiliency and psychological readiness to return to sport have been identified as factors that significantly influence an athlete’s ability to return to sport after an injury. Resiliency is the ability to cope with injury or setbacks while striving to reach individual goals. Psychological readiness to return to sport is the athlete’s self confidence in the preparation and ability to return…

Cheers to 15 Years!

Omaha Physical Therapy Institute was established in 2007 by myself, Katie Cordery, and my husband, Brent Cordery. We officially opened our doors on July 9th, 2007! We CANNOT BELIEVE IT HAS BEEN 15 years! Wowsers!  There are SO MANY memories but here are a few that stick out in our minds… We remember signing our first lease with a 5…

Injury Reduction in Volleyball Players

The purpose of this blog is to provide players, coaches, trainers, and sports-related providers with evidence-based injury reduction strategies for volleyball players.  Both acute and overuse injuries are common among volleyball players, specifically involving the shoulder, knee, ankle, and wrist.  Common injuries that are often seen with participation in volleyball include: ankle sprains, patellar tendinopathy (jumper’s knee), and shoulder overuse…

Stretches for TMJ (Jaw) Pain

Pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ, also known as the jaw) is a common complaint we get at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute. Common symptoms of temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) include pain with biting, chewing, and opening, difficulty opening, and headaches. TMD symptoms typically respond well to relaxation techniques, such as diaphragmatic breathing, light mobility, and stretching. Listed below are links to…

Pre-Activation Circuit for Dancers

Here is a pre-activation circuit for dancers based off the most current research.  This can be implemented before class or competitions.  Research suggests performing this at least 3 days/week in order to decrease the risk of injury. Pre-Activation Circuit for Dancers WARM-UP 1.  Forward jogging 2.  Backward jogging 3.  High knees 4.  Butt kicks 5.  Walking open/close gate with hip…

Can a Proper Warm Up Reduce Injuries in Dancers?

Pre-Activation Warm-Up and Skilled Training Program Associated with Reduced Risk of Injury Among Dancers We have a lot of dancers that we evaluate and treat for overuse injuries. Most injuries among dancers involve the lower extremity and low back. Research shows that dance-related injuries are often due to muscular fatigue, muscular imbalances, loading intolerances, and balance deficits from an inadequate…

What is Sarcopenia and Why Should I Care?

Sarcopenia is a term that means “age-related muscle loss,” and can be a factor in predicting frailty and fall risk in older adults. It can lead to a DECREASE in performance and strength, but also other critical body functions: fighting inflammation, hormone regulation, and absorption of nutrients. Sarcopenia can be caused by not just the normal aging process, but also…

Getting Back to Life – Ben’s Comeback Story

On Ben’s last day of physical therapy, he was squatting over 155 lbs. and dead lifting more than 100 lbs..  If you would have seen him when he hobbled into Omaha Physical Therapy Institute using a walker on his first day of PT, you wouldn’t have believed he was going to be able to ever walk normally again, let alone…