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5 Tips on How to Safely Get Started on an Exercise Program

Are you ready to make exercise a part of your routine?  Are you not sure how to get started safely?  Here are a few tips on how to properly get moving and grooving! 1. Consult with your doctor or physical therapist. If you have not exercised in a long time or have underlying health issues, it is important to make…

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…

OPTI’s SoccerFIT Medically Based Soccer-Specific Conditioning Program

SoccerFIT The OPTI Comeback Club SoccerFIT Program is geared towards former OPTI patients who are training for college soccer but is also open to high school aged athletes (if space allows) who want to have more medically based supervision and direction while working on their soccer-specific fitness! The group sessions are 2 days a week and incorporate soccer specific agility,…

Recommended Pitch Counts for Youth Baseball

Recommendations from USA Baseball Regarding Pitch Counts for Youth Players Based upon its expertise and review of existing studies, the USA Baseball Medical & Safety Advisory Committee makes the following recommendations for minimizing a pitcher’s risk of future serious arm injury and maximizing his chance of success: Coaches and parents should listen and react appropriately to a youth pitcher when…

Sam’s 5 Step Warm-up to Properly Prep for the Pool

Sam Holmes, OPTI’s Wellness Program, is a Certified Fitness Trainer, professional triathlete, and coach for swimmers and triathletes.  Here are some exercises Sam feels swimmers should include in an active warm up before getting into the pooll!   1. Begin by warming up with arm circles with both arms for 30 seconds each 2. Resisted Internal Rotation both arms, 10 reps…

Getting Back in the Game After ACL Reconstruction

“As an athlete, soccer is my life. ACL Reconstruction surgery could have ended my career. I am forever grateful to Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI) and their Athletes In Motion (A.I.M.) program. OPTI’s team got me back into action and I am back playing the sport I love. OPTI is the best Physical Therapy team in Omaha.” -Mayme Conroy -UNL…

OPTI Gets You Back in the Game

Did you know a study was performed that showed only 44% of people who have undergone ACL reconstruction surgery return to competitive sports? Only 44%! The same study showed that 90% of the participants achieved normal or nearly normal knee function. So why is it that if 90% of people have normal knee function that only 44% return to competitive…

Supporting an Athlete with an ACL Injury

  Injury can be devastating for an athlete not only due to the physical pain experienced but also due to the mental side of being unable to play. All injuries are tough to endure but tearing your ACL and having it reconstructed requires a pretty long road to full recovery.  There are approximately 250,000-300,000 ACL-related injuries every year. Return to…

The Most Dangerous High School Sports In the U.S. – How to Lessen Your Chances of Injury

School is approaching, which means many high school fall sports have already started with pre-season conditioning. Let’s face it, high school sports are becoming more and more competitive. An increase number of students are focusing on one sport as opposed to juggling several. Some athletes may even have college scholarships on the line. As a result, athletes can become burnt…

Follow These 6 Tips to Prevent Your Student’s Backpack From Causing Injury

With the start of another school year right around the corner, it is time for kids to start lugging around their school books and supplies. Some kids would look at this picture below and think, “what a cute hat” and “that backpack is super cool” but from this physical therapist’s perspective, it looks like this student may be complaining about…