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Train Like You Play

There are many variables that exist in the world of strength and conditioning, most of which athletes and avid exercisers are familiar with adjusting in order to get the desired effect from their exercise.  For example, someone looking to build muscle size may primarily perform their resistance exercises in a certain repetition range and at a certain percentage of their…

Improve Your Throwing Mechanics While You Rehab From Your Injury!

Having to sit out of the game you love because of injury is hard! But behind that frustration and disappointment could be the makings of a great comeback story. Lauren inspired all of us at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute with her hard work and dedication to not only returning to softball after her injury, but coming back with improved throwing…

Coming Back to Softball after Tommy John Surgery

Lauren Roecker was inspirational during her physical therapy after her Tommy John surgery.  She took advantage of the specialized care Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI) provides for throwing athletes as well as utilized OPTI’s Athletes In Motion clinic at the Omaha Sports Complex to perform her return to play rehabilitation on the field turf!  She has battled back to the…

Does Strength and Power Equal Confidence in ACL Rehab?

Is there a correlation between the amount of strength and power an individual has with their confidence in returning to play their sport after ACL reconstruction surgery?  A recent article investigated this question.  See the results below! No Relationship Between Strength and Power Scores and Anterior Cruciate Ligament Return to Sport After Injury Scale 9 Months After Anterior Cruciate Ligament…

Sport Specialization Among Young Athletes

Sport participation can offer several benefits to children and adolescents when dosed appropriately.  But, over the past several years, youth athletics has changed considerably. It has changed from child-driven, fun recreational play for enjoyment to adult-driven, highly structured practice dedicated to sport-specific skill development. Young athletes have been challenged with growing competiveness in youth sports, pressures from adult coaches/parents, and…

7 Exercises to Reduce the Risk of Knee Injuries in Soccer Players!

It is important to make sure you are regularly challenging your neuromuscular system and training it to tolerate the loads you take on as a soccer player.  Research has shown that performing a consistent neuromuscular training program can reduce the risk of injury.  There are obviously other factors involved in injury rates as well (i.e. fatigue, nutrition, strength, and sleep)…

Overcoming Acute and Reoccurring Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are unfortunately all too common in sports, especially those involving running, jumping, and sudden changes in direction. An ankle sprain can sideline an athlete for various amounts of time depending on the severity of the injury. Although the extent of the injury is important to consider, a major factor in bouncing back from an ankle sprain is what…

3 of the Most Common Throwing Injuries

3 of the Most Common Throwing Injuries UCL (Ulnar Collateral Ligament) Sprain: Pain on the medial (inside) of the elbow Assess elbow flexion and trunk to elbow angle in the late cocking to acceleration phase of throwing *Prevention: regulate and monitor pitch counts and awareness of arm self-care as well as have proper throwing mechanics Little League Elbow: Typically seen…

The Importance of Time In ACL Rehabilitation

At Omaha Physical Therapy Institute, we see a LOT of patients who have suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury.  Many times these patients are athletes and are anxious about returning to their respective sport(s) as quickly as they can.  Return to play can be dictated by a lot of different factors including the surgeon’s protocol and assessment, return to…

Can Running Backwards Improve Speed and Power Measures?

Can Backward Running Training Effectively Improve Speed and Power Measures In Adolescent Male Athletes? A recent study published in 2018 in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research titled “Sprint -Specific Training in Youth:  Backward Running vs Forward Running Training On Speed And Power Measures In Adolescent Male Athletes” by Uthoff, et al,  has shown that speed and power measures…