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Get Moving…A Little More!

Do you feel like you haven’t been moving enough?  Have you been cooped up inside too much, working from home, not getting out of the house as much anymore? For a lot of the general population, the amount of movement significantly decreased with the onset of the pandemic and people being more confined to their homes.  Even though some of…

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…

The Benefits of Walking

The health benefits of walking have been well-established.   Getting regular aerobic exercise promotes cardiovascular benefits such as aerobic capacity as well as improved body composition and blood pressure.  In addition to these wonderful benefits to one’s physical health, improvements can also be seen with mood, pain management, and stress reduction. A research article (cited below) found online in the Journal…

Why Try the Pose Method for Your Running Injury?

The Pose Method of running is effective largely because much of its injury-prevention recommendations are consistent with those of academics who have conducted running gait research in laboratories.  Theoretically, it also promotes gait mechanics that respect the laws of nature and facilitate better management and use of the forces involved in running which can lead to reduced impact forces and…

Were You Born to Run?

The notion that human beings were “born to run” certainly has inspired me to think deeply about running.  The book that bears this notion as its title, Born To Run, written by Christopher McDougall, is a must-read for those who enjoy recreational running.   But this blog isn’t about the book or the theory.  The point here is to discuss how…

Returning to Play after COVID-19

Because of the uncertainty of the affects of COVID-19 even after the illness has subsided, a return to play protocol has been devised by experts in order to guide athletes with gradual exposure back into activity after illness. Athletes who have experienced COVID-19 should consult with their physician regarding return to activity/play suggestions. This infographic is from the British Journal…

Determination and Patience – Siera’s Comeback Story

Exercise and nutrition are important to living a healthy, happy life, especially for Omaha Physical Therapy Institute’s rock star patient, Siera Zach!  Siera is a personal trainer, competitive weightlifter, and coach who has overcome an injury that kept her from doing what she loved.  Through her determination and patience, she is back and better than ever!  Check out Siera’s Comeback…

3 Quick Home Workouts for “Busy” People

There are no excuses now!  The following exercise routines can be done in your home with minimal to no equipment.  If you do have resistance bands or weights, you can incorporate them as you wish. Exercise is SO important for SO many reasons both physically and mentally! Remember that for anyone just starting an exercise routine, it is important to…

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 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…