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Taking the Fear out of Movement

Choose Your Words Carefully I had a patient come in recently to their physical therapy session and tell me that another medical professional told her that she had “the worst, most degenerative” lumbar spine he had ever seen after looking at her x-ray.  She was devastated hearing that news.  She was not even having pain in her low back at…

Coming Back Stronger after an ACL Tear!

Laura Ney’s Comeback Story- Coming Back Even Stronger After an ACL Tear! Tearing your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can be devastating and leave you feeling defeated and emotionally destroyed.  For some, it means the end of their athletic career but for patients that come through Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI), an ACL tear is an opportunity for a great comeback…

The Power of Touch

The Power of Touch Do you remember when you were younger and you had to get a shot at the doctor’s office?  What did you want to do at that moment?  I remember reaching for my mom or dad’s hand.  Why? Even now, as an adult, when I’m on an airplane and there is turbulence, I typically grab for my husband’s…

Attention Runners: 5 Tips for Your 5K

5 Tips for Your 5K 1. Eat a light pre-race breakfast one to two hours before the race. This meal should be around 300 calories, focusing most of the calories on whole, unprocessed carbs. Fiber and fat take longer to digest, so keep the meal low in these nutritional areas. Try one of these options for your pre-race meal: -Bagel…

Battling Back to Tae Kwon Do and CrossFIT

OPTI’s Ninja Warrior:  David Shares His Comeback Story David Ramcharan has battled back from injuries that could have kept him from returning to Tae Kwon Do and CrossFit.  But, David did not give himself the option of giving up.  Due to his determination and work ethic, David is now performing at a higher level than he was before.  Check out…

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 &…

Mike’s Comeback Story!

Mike Thiem is no stranger to injury.  In fact, when you look at his medical history, it appears he is good friends with it!  Fortunately for us at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI), Mike’s injuries have led him through our doors and as a result, we all have a friend in Mike.  Mike has overcome all of his injuries with a…

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…

Paul’s Comeback to Soccer After an Ankle Sprain

Determined to Get Back to the Field:  Paul’s Comeback Story Paul Devine, 2001 Sporting Omaha FC Elite soccer player, has fought his way back to the field! After suffering a severely sprained ankle, Paul was treated at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI) and was able to return to play safely and confidently! Check out Paul’s Q & A below!  …

Becca’s Note of Gratitude

“This note is no doubt long overdue, but comes with enormous gratitude that only continues to grow. This September marked three years since my ACL surgery, and each day since I have been blessed with the ability to be fully active, play any sport my heart desired, continue coaching the beautiful game of soccer, climb new mountains (literally) and take…