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Pre-Activation Circuit for Dancers

Here is a pre-activation circuit for dancers based off the most current research.  This can be implemented before class or competitions.  Research suggests performing this at least 3 days/week in order to decrease the risk of injury. Pre-Activation Circuit for Dancers WARM-UP 1.  Forward jogging 2.  Backward jogging 3.  High knees 4.  Butt kicks 5.  Walking open/close gate with hip…

Can a Proper Warm Up Reduce Injuries in Dancers?

Pre-Activation Warm-Up and Skilled Training Program Associated with Reduced Risk of Injury Among Dancers We have a lot of dancers that we evaluate and treat for overuse injuries. Most injuries among dancers involve the lower extremity and low back. Research shows that dance-related injuries are often due to muscular fatigue, muscular imbalances, loading intolerances, and balance deficits from an inadequate…

What is Sarcopenia and Why Should I Care?

Sarcopenia is a term that means “age-related muscle loss,” and can be a factor in predicting frailty and fall risk in older adults. It can lead to a DECREASE in performance and strength, but also other critical body functions: fighting inflammation, hormone regulation, and absorption of nutrients. Sarcopenia can be caused by not just the normal aging process, but also…

Getting Back to Life – Ben’s Comeback Story

On Ben’s last day of physical therapy, he was squatting over 155 lbs. and dead lifting more than 100 lbs..  If you would have seen him when he hobbled into Omaha Physical Therapy Institute using a walker on his first day of PT, you wouldn’t have believed he was going to be able to ever walk normally again, let alone…

The Benefits of Strength Training

Strength training can be an essential component to keeping your body healthy and your mind happy.  There has been a lot of research, especially in the most recent years, on the importance of adding strength training into your daily routine! We were going to write a whole blog on the benefits of strength training but then we came across this…

Aerobic Fitness and Injury Risk

A great deal of research has emerged in the past decade that shows a correlation between aerobic fitness levels and injury risk.  This research has studied populations of elite athletes, firefighters, and Army trainees, and discovered that those with lower aerobic fitness levels are more prone to musculoskeletal injury in their given vocation or sport. Aerobic fitness has at times…

Research on People in Love

Did you know that there is a TON of research about people in love?  Scientists have concluded that love is SO complex that studies need to be focused not only on the psychology of love but the biological and philosophical aspects as well.  So when people mark “It’s complicated” under their relationship status on social media, they aren’t lying! Check…

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…

Health and Wellness in the Time of a Pandemic

In such an uncertain time where our exposure to shopping, social gatherings like playing cards, grocery getting, and even family time is limited, it is so important to be working on a healthier you! We are constantly hearing how we need to wear masks and wash our hands to keep ourselves from contracting the virus.  But what happens if we…

Happy and Healthy Holidays To You!

The holiday season often brings the unwelcome feelings of stress and feeling unhealthy.  There are so many demands we place on ourselves with parties, shopping, baking, hosting, and cleaning.  Shouldn’t “the most wonderful time of the year” make you feel a little better than this? Here are some simple tips to get you feeling a little healthier and happier during…