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Foot & Ankle Injuries

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…

Important Info for Coaches on ACL prevention

Over the past 20 years, there has been an increase in the number of anterior cruciate ligamant (ACL) injuries in the knee.  With that increase has come more research on how to reduce the risk of an ACL tear.  It is evident that performing a neuromuscular training program and possibly implementing this program into a warm up and/or cool down,…

4 Easy Exercises to Improve Ankle Stability (and Reduce Injury)!

One of the most prevalent injuries seen in sports is an ankle sprain. Whether you play volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball, football, or soccer, it can be a common injury. To demonstrate its frequency, a study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine followed 312 amateur soccer players over a two-year period. During this time 208 ankle injuries were recorded…

The Power of Touch

The Power of Touch Do you remember when you were younger and you had to get a shot at the doctor’s office?  What did you want to do at that moment?  I remember reaching for my mom or dad’s hand.  Why? Even now, as an adult, when I’m on an airplane and there is turbulence, I typically grab for my husband’s…

Attention Runners: 5 Tips for Your 5K

5 Tips for Your 5K 1. Eat a light pre-race breakfast one to two hours before the race. This meal should be around 300 calories, focusing most of the calories on whole, unprocessed carbs. Fiber and fat take longer to digest, so keep the meal low in these nutritional areas. Try one of these options for your pre-race meal: -Bagel…

Battling Back to Tae Kwon Do and CrossFIT

OPTI’s Ninja Warrior:  David Shares His Comeback Story David Ramcharan has battled back from injuries that could have kept him from returning to Tae Kwon Do and CrossFit.  But, David did not give himself the option of giving up.  Due to his determination and work ethic, David is now performing at a higher level than he was before.  Check out…

How To Use the Cool Down for Injury Prevention

Improving Neuromuscular Efficiency through a Cool Down is Key with Injury Prevention Sometimes all you want to do after a soccer game or practice is sit on the ground and relax, take your cleats off, and talk about the game.  But, there is an ideal opportunity after you have been physically exerting yourself to optimize your recovery, improve your neuromuscular…

Paul’s Comeback to Soccer After an Ankle Sprain

Determined to Get Back to the Field:  Paul’s Comeback Story Paul Devine, 2001 Sporting Omaha FC Elite soccer player, has fought his way back to the field! After suffering a severely sprained ankle, Paul was treated at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI) and was able to return to play safely and confidently! Check out Paul’s Q & A below!  …

Becca’s Note of Gratitude

“This note is no doubt long overdue, but comes with enormous gratitude that only continues to grow. This September marked three years since my ACL surgery, and each day since I have been blessed with the ability to be fully active, play any sport my heart desired, continue coaching the beautiful game of soccer, climb new mountains (literally) and take…

Avoiding Injury in Baseball and Softball

Avoiding Injury in Baseball and Softball As physical therapists, we are experts in the treatment of injuries and pain.  However, an important aspect of our profession is educating coaches on how to decrease injuries in their athletes.  Here are some tips for Baseball and Softball coaches to decrease the risk for injury and keep athletes healthy throughout the season. Make…