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Incidence of COVID-19 in Youth Soccer Players in Summer 2020

As youth sports continue on throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, has there been greater transmission of the virus in the sport of soccer? From the study performed in the Journal of Athletic Training in March 2021, “COVID-19 in Youth Soccer During Summer 2020” researchers actually found that Youth soccer players had a lower incidence of COVID-19 than the general population of…

Staying Fit in the “Off” Season

With spring soccer season winding down and summer try-outs approaching, some of your coaches may give you a few weeks off. Although you may be “off” from scheduled practices and events, an athlete is never truly “off.”  While it is SO IMPORTANT to take days off for your body to recover from the wear and tear of the season, it…

How to Step Up and Down a Curb with a Walker

Listed below are safety tips and step-by-step approach on how to carefully and properly take on the challenges of a curb while using your walker. Tips for walker: Walker should be the correct height for YOU. While arms are resting at the sides of your body, the handles of the walker should come up to the crease of your wrists…

How to Step On and Off a Curb with a Cane

Listed below are safety tips and step-by-step approach on how to carefully and properly walk over a curb while using your cane. Tips for proper cane fit: Cane should be placed on the unaffected side (i.e. if left knee is injured, cane should be placed on right side of body) Cane should be the correct height for YOU. While arm…

How to Step On and Off a Curb Using Crutches

Listed below is a step-by-step approach on how to safely and properly walk over a curb while using crutches. Tip: When walking up and down a curb with crutches, remember to go up with good (unaffected leg) and down with bad (affected leg) Stepping up a curb with crutches: 1.  Approach the bottom of the curb with one crutch on…

Dry Needling Adds No Benefit in the Treatment of Neck Pain

In a recent article published in The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, researchers looked at the comparison of trigger point dry needling to sham dry needling (no puncturing of the skin) when treating neck pain. Seventy-seven adults received 7 sessions of physical therapy over a 4-week period of time. One group received trigger point dry needling, exercise, and…

Pain Threshold and Sensitivity Improved with Exercise

At Omaha Physical Therapy Institute, our physical therapists apply exercise and pain neuroscience education in an attempt to empower YOU, the patient, to eventually take control over your symptoms and return to the activities you love most.  The beauty of exercise as a pain management tool is that once you understand what works, you can apply it yourself, and eventually…

The Benefits of Walking

The health benefits of walking have been well-established.   Getting regular aerobic exercise promotes cardiovascular benefits such as aerobic capacity as well as improved body composition and blood pressure.  In addition to these wonderful benefits to one’s physical health, improvements can also be seen with mood, pain management, and stress reduction. A research article (cited below) found online in the Journal…

4 Qualities to Look For In a Physical Therapy Clinic

Just because physical therapy is a distinct discipline within healthcare does not mean that all physical therapy is equally effective.  When a physician, relative, or friend says “you should try physical therapy” it is not as though that is a singular destination where you will receive the exact same treatments and outcomes.  Deciding what your episode of care will look…

Walking HIIT Workout

Do you want to make your walking program a little more exciting and potentially more effective?  Try walking and incorporating this high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout! Here are a few tips before you get started: -Perform a dynamic warm-up routine simulating movements that will be used during your exercise intervals -Begin walking at a slow, comfortable pace and gradually…