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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…

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)…

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…

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…

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…

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…