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Tag Archive: Injury prevention

Preparing to Play Throughout the Game

There is always talk about warm-up prior to soccer practices and games but there is rarely a focus on re-warming up at half time or if you are coming off the bench to sub into a game.  It is important to re-warm up prior to entering a soccer game as you need to re-wake up the nervous system and prepare…

How to Improve Your Chances of Making A Penalty Kick in Soccer

  OPTI Soccer Science: Temporal links to Performing Under Pressure in International Soccer Penalty Shootout We all know how much pressure there is during a penalty shootout.  Avoiding the stress and anxiety during a penalty kick (PK) is impossible.  It can be over-whelming and can affect even the best soccer players in the world. A study published in Psychology of Sport &…

How To Use the Cool Down for Injury Prevention

Improving Neuromuscular Efficiency through a Cool Down is Key with Injury Prevention Sometimes all you want to do after a soccer game or practice is sit on the ground and relax, take your cleats off, and talk about the game.  But, there is an ideal opportunity after you have been physically exerting yourself to optimize your recovery, improve your neuromuscular…

Staying Comfortable and Healthy at Work

Keeping it Comfy at Work! Ergonomics:  Merriam-Webster defines ergonomics as an “applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people interact most efficiently and safely.”  At Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI), we perform ergonomic evaluations which include assessing a specific work environment and job duties and making sure it is safe and effective in allowing…

Omaha Physical Therapy Institute has been serving Omaha for 10 YEARS!

Omaha Physical Therapy Institute is Celebrating It’s 10 Year Anniversary! It’s hard to believe that it has already been 10 YEARS since we opened Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI).  From the initial planning stages to now, it has been a wonderfully awesome, scary, fulfilling, exhausting, and exciting adventure.   Inspired by our passion for helping others and providing people with the…

Recommended Pitch Counts for Youth Baseball

Recommendations from USA Baseball Regarding Pitch Counts for Youth Players Based upon its expertise and review of existing studies, the USA Baseball Medical & Safety Advisory Committee makes the following recommendations for minimizing a pitcher’s risk of future serious arm injury and maximizing his chance of success: Coaches and parents should listen and react appropriately to a youth pitcher when…

Avoiding Injury in Baseball and Softball

Avoiding Injury in Baseball and Softball As physical therapists, we are experts in the treatment of injuries and pain.  However, an important aspect of our profession is educating coaches on how to decrease injuries in their athletes.  Here are some tips for Baseball and Softball coaches to decrease the risk for injury and keep athletes healthy throughout the season. Make…