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ACL rehabilitation

Can Ankle Mobility Prevent Knee Injury?

Squatting is among the most functional of all human movements and is frequently regarded as a starting point in the movement assessments for many healthcare practitioners.  Much like any refined sport-specific movement, a biomechanically efficient squat is something you just know when you see it.  This efficiency in movement requires sufficient muscle strength, body awareness, balance, and joint mobility across…

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…

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…

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)…

Injury Resistance- Practice Like you Play

Injury in sport can happen to anyone.  As speed and impact increase in higher level competition, so does the likelihood of injury.  This is why, in most sports, injuries are more likely to happen (and to require surgery) during competition rather than practice (Nagle, et al).  This should intuitively make sense to anyone who has ever experienced the difference between…

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…

8 Important Things to Know About Your ACL Reconstruction Surgery Recovery!

1. First of all, this is your individual journey. Do not compare your healing and progression to other people. Everyone’s body is different in how it responds to trauma and tissue damage. 2. Your progression during ACL reconstruction rehabilitation is not just dictated by how far out of surgery you are. Many people think that just because they are 3…

How Effective is Blood Flow Restriction in Rehabilitation?

Blood flow restriction (BFR) training is a training method that utilizes a pneumatic cuff (like what’s used when taking blood pressure) or elastic straps to reduce blood flow to muscles during low load strength training. While wearing the cuff with moderate pressure (40% arterial occlusion), patients exercise at 30-40% of their one rep maximum. During heavy load strength training patients…

Returning to Running after ACL reconstruction Surgery

Have you torn your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)? Have you had reconstructive surgery on it?  When is the BEST time for you to return to a jogging/running program? When you have ACL surgery, running might not be the first thing you want to do right after the surgery.   But, as you progress with your rehabilitation, you might begin to ask…

Sprinting to a State Championship- Sydney’s Comeback Story

Tearing your ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and having to have surgery is tough!  Sydney Miller knows this all too well but she also knows that working hard and being diligent with her rehabilitation is essential in making a full recovery.  Sydney went from not being able to walk after surgery to winning a State Championship in track upon her return…