Halloween Safety Tips

Fall is upon us and with the fall comes Halloween!  Halloween can be an extremely fun evening for both kids and parents, but with most Halloween activities being held at dusk or during the evening, it presents some hazards that can and should be avoided. Here is a list of things to remember before you […]

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Starting a Run/Walk Program: Our Tips

If you’re considering beginning a walk or run routine, know you are taking steps to improve your overall health and wellness. Walking or running has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve weight loss efforts, boost our energy levels and so much more. Best of all, it is a simple way to make a […]

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Low Impact Knee Exercises

Happy Spring…finally!  We suffered through a long Nebraska winter, and if you are anything like me, you are extremely excited for some nice Spring weather.  This means more time outdoors returning to activities that were put on hold through the winter.  For those experiencing joint pain, these outdoor activities may seem overwhelming and they may […]

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Preparing for Your Total Joint Replacement

It has probably been a long time coming, but now you have decided to have a total joint replacement. Regardless of the joint you plan to have replaced, there are some items to keep in mind as you prepare yourself and your home for after surgery. Plan on going home when you leave the hospital. […]

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Bathroom Transfer Safety

The most dangerous room in the house after surgery is the bathroom, because it is the origin of many surgical complications. Safety can be a major concern for bathroom transfers, especially after a total joint replacement. There are many ways to increase independence and safety with shower and toilet transfers in your home. However, in […]

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Training for a Winter 5k

The winter holidays are just around the corner and a popular way to eat and drink as you please while not gaining weight is to run winter races. These races are a great way to burn off some calories to offset the fun ones. These races are most commonly 5k (3.1 miles) in distance. If […]

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Are Deep Squats Safe?

What are the benefits of a deep squat? Increased activation of Gluteus Maximus and other hip extensors Increased knee stability Decreased shear forces on the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament) with squatting past 90⁰ Functional exercise that requires simultaneous, coordinated interaction of multiple muscle groups What are the risks of a […]

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Pre-Race Warmups

Race day is almost here for the Nebraska Market to Market relay! When it comes to pre-race preparation, a proper warm-up is important to prepare your body for a long day of activity. We recommend these easy exercises in the 30 minutes or so before starting your run: Perform 5-10 minutes of easy/light jogging. Mobility […]

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An Inside Look on Early Sport Specialization in Youth Athletes

Every parent wants their child to succeed in as many areas of life, whether it’s academics, sports, fine arts or countless other activities. This leads to questions of how to invest your child’s time to maximize the benefits and minimize the risk in their future. Increasingly, parents and children elect to divvy up free time one of […]

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Weighted Baseballs: Good or Bad?

With the College World Series starting up in Omaha, many young baseball players can imagine taking the mound and leading their team to victory. There are many factors it takes to be a collegiate pitcher, and at the top of the list is the ability to throw hard. Over the past few years, a number […]

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Brace Yourself: Q&A on Ankle Sprains

A high school basketball player enters into a game for the first time after taking a number of weeks off after she sprained her ankle in practice. She spent hours working with her athletic trainer doing everything she could so that she could play again – icing, crutches, taping, and exercises, exercises and more exercises. She […]

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Winter Weather Appointment Tips

It’s always when the first snow falls, covering the streets and sidewalks, when we all remember how terrible commuting gets. Schedules have to be adjusted to allow for safe travel as well as the time it takes to properly clean off your vehicle. With all this added time, making scheduled appointments can sometimes be difficult. […]

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ImPACT Testing for Concussions

Recent research has identified alarming statistics concerning the long term effects of concussions. A concussion is essentially an injury to the brain due to a blow to the head. High school football players alone suffer 43,000 to 67,000 concussions per year, though the true incidence is likely much higher – as more than 50% of […]

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Back on the Court

High school standout and Division I college athlete Brooke Heyne describes her road to recovery after an injury. She had played in hundreds of volleyball matches, defended the net, scored kills, won games for both her club team and Skutt High School. It was different on February 20 for Brooke Heyne, when she landed oddly […]

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How to Recover From a Pulled Hamstring

One of the most common injuries in sports is a pulled hamstring or hamstring muscle strain.  It can happen to your favorite fantasy football player or an athlete in high school. Either way, it can be a frustrating situation for the athlete because of the high re-injury rate.  Unfortunately, these athletes return to play after an […]

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Getting Back on the Slopes

You may recognize a familiar voice around the clinic. Todd Brandt, Z92’s morning radio show host (Todd & Tyler), sustained a left tibial plateau fracture while skiing in December 2015 at the Loveland Valley/Basin ski area. With the help of the OrthoNebraska Physical Therapy team, Todd has been rehabbing from the injury for over a […]

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A Second Swing at Bat

Determination and hard work are two fundamental requirements of an athlete. All athletes at some point in their playing careers are faced with obstacles that challenge these core principals. Shane Stock, a 19-year-old sophomore Division 2 baseball player, has been a model of determination and hard work over the past two years. In early 2013, […]

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Crutch Training at OrthoNebraska

OrthoNebraska Hospital, formerly Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital, is here to help aid in your recovery from bone, joint and muscle conditions. This video is intended to educate you on the proper use of crutches. Before practicing the use of crutches, it is important that they are fit for you specifically – as crutches come in a […]

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