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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!…

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…

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…

What Causes Muscle Cramping?

Many people experience muscle cramping during or after exercise which can be uncomfortable and alarming. A muscle cramp is a sudden, involuntary contraction of the muscle that can last for seconds or for minutes. Whether it’s a small muscle cramp or full body cramping, there isn’t an exact reason proven yet as to the cause of it.  However, there are…

Were You Born to Run?

The notion that human beings were “born to run” certainly has inspired me to think deeply about running.  The book that bears this notion as its title, Born To Run, written by Christopher McDougall, is a must-read for those who enjoy recreational running.   But this blog isn’t about the book or the theory.  The point here is to discuss how…

Returning to Play after COVID-19

Because of the uncertainty of the affects of COVID-19 even after the illness has subsided, a return to play protocol has been devised by experts in order to guide athletes with gradual exposure back into activity after illness. Athletes who have experienced COVID-19 should consult with their physician regarding return to activity/play suggestions. This infographic is from the British Journal…

Determination and Patience – Siera’s Comeback Story

Exercise and nutrition are important to living a healthy, happy life, especially for Omaha Physical Therapy Institute’s rock star patient, Siera Zach!  Siera is a personal trainer, competitive weightlifter, and coach who has overcome an injury that kept her from doing what she loved.  Through her determination and patience, she is back and better than ever!  Check out Siera’s Comeback…

Importance of Sleep on Athletic Performance and Injury Risk

Adequate sleep is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle. Sleep is considered to be critical to human physiological and cognitive function. Often times people place sleep on the back burner in order to keep up with the demands of our fast-paced society. According to the American Sleep Association (ASA), sleep is essential to the health of the brain,…

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…

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…