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Self Hygiene Tips for the Soccer Athlete

Nobody wants to be the stinky kid, right?!  It’s important as an athlete to recognize the responsibility you have to maintain good hygiene in order to avoid unnecessary issues including infections and bad odors.  Here are a few simple tips to keep you clean and healthy! 1.  Keep your equipment clean. Make sure you wash your shin guards with soap…

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)…

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…

Tough Injury But Tougher Patient – Reagan’s Comeback Story

Injury is challenging at any age.  If it happens to you when you are younger, it is more difficult to understand how important it is to be consistent and compliant with your rehabilitation to not only be able to return to your sports but to be healthy and well for the rest of your life.  Reagan Hickey was only in…

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,…

The Effectiveness of Soccer Headgear in Reducing Sports-Related Concussions

Does wearing headgear actually protect you from sustaining a concussion? Furthermore, does it limit the severity of a concussion? Check out this study that was in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in 2018. Over 2700 high school soccer participants were included in this randomized controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of wearing a headgear while playing soccer in reducing the…

Katie’s Cool World Cup Story

So what’s the story behind this picture hanging in the lobby at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute? OPTI’s physical therapist and co-owner, Katie Reisbig Cordery, received this signed poster as a thank you from the very first United States Women’s World Cup Soccer Team in 1991.  Katie was in 7th grade that year and she was playing on the Olympic Development…

Is That Spray Magic?

You are watching a professional soccer game and there is a collision.  One player pops up and runs off but the other lies there, writhing in pain.  The team athletic trainer rushes to the field and pulls out a can of spray.  The athletic trainers sprays the athlete’s injury and the athlete miraculously gets up and continues to play!  What…

ACL Injuries and Prevention

Are you an athlete or a parent of an athlete?  If so, you have probably heard of the dreaded ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear.   It is becoming a VERY common injury in today’s youth.  In fact, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics in 2017 stated that in females ages 13-17, there has been a…