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Staying Fit in the “Off” Season

With spring soccer season winding down and summer try-outs approaching, some of your coaches may give you a few weeks off. Although you may be “off” from scheduled practices and events, an athlete is never truly “off.”  While it is SO IMPORTANT to take days off for your body to recover from the wear and tear of the season, it…

What is “FAI?”

Femoroacetabular impingement syndrome, commonly known as “FAI”, is a deformity of the hip joint that limits range of motion and can cause a “pinching” sensation in and around the hip joint.  There are typically three forms of impingement:  Cam, Pincer, or combined. The Cam form of FAI is when the femoral head and neck (the top of the long bone…

4 Tips to Keep Your Child Optimistic After a Sports Injury

Injuries can happen to anyone.  But, when it is your own child, it can be really tough!  Knowing how to support your youth athlete when they sustain an injury that keeps them sidelined for a long period of time can make the recovery a little easier for them and for you! Recovering from injury, especially one that takes weeks or…

4 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Knee and Foot Pain in Growing Athletes

A common complaint we hear from pre-adolescent and adolescent aged athletes is that their knees or feet are consistently sore or irritable.  A lot of time, these same athletes have been going through growth spurts.  Here are a few tips on how to properly manage or reduce the risk of knee and foot issues in the growing athlete. 1.  Stay…

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…

Can Ankle Mobility Prevent Knee Injury?

Squatting is among the most functional of all human movements and is frequently regarded as a starting point in the movement assessments for many healthcare practitioners.  Much like any refined sport-specific movement, a biomechanically efficient squat is something you just know when you see it.  This efficiency in movement requires sufficient muscle strength, body awareness, balance, and joint mobility across…

PEACE and LOVE for Injury!

Soft tissue injuries need PEACE and LOVE!  What do these acronyms actually stand for?  Click on the link below to find out more! https://blogs.bmj.com/bjsm/2019/04/26/soft-tissue-injuries-simply-need-peace-love/   Omaha Physical Therapy Institute is an outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy clinic that is locally owned and operated with the main location at 144th & Dodge and a satellite clinic inside the Omaha Sports…

Simple Stretch for Anterior Knee Pain

Do you have anterior (front-sided) knee pain?  If this pain came on gradually without any known cause or obvious trauma/injury, you may benefit from a very basic course of treatment.  Assuming there is no specific derangement of the cartilage, ligaments, and tendons in and around your knee, you may get fairly rapid relief simply by doing some stretching to the…

Does Running Technique Matter?

Many people recognize the importance of technique when they become familiar with a sport.  For instance, a basketball player is quite familiar with proper shooting form, a golfer the perfect swing, and a soccer player needs to focus on how they strike the ball.  In many sports, technique is far more than just improving a skill, but can actually be…

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…