Preventing Injuries for Volleyball Players

Especially in Nebraska, volleyball has become increasingly popular and competitive. Players often have aspirations of continuing to play in college, so staying healthy despite the rigors of their middle and high school seasons, plus potentially other leagues like the YMCA or Nebraska Elite Volleyball, is important. Continuous play can lead to overuse injuries, most commonly […]

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Softball Pitching Limits

How much should my daughter pitch? Many parents who come to us after softball throwing injuries have requested information regarding pitch counts and recommended innings for their children. Sadly, there are no national standards listed for softball pitch counts and very limited research has been done in this area. Baseball has been more proactive and […]

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Return to Lacrosse

Lacrosse is quickly growing into one of the most popular sports in North America. From 2009 to 2014, the growth rate for lacrosse has been 28 percent. The sport requires athleticism, coordination and agility, not to mention a bit of pain tolerance. Injuries can happen pretty frequently when sticks are being swung around at a […]

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Returning to Baseball and Softball

Having been living under COVID-19 restrictions for a while now, many people, including myself, are excited for the return of baseball and softball in June! However, the lack of activity the last few months also has many concerned about the safety of our young athletes going from couches to throwing heat. As an orthopedic surgeon […]

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Return to Running in Groups

Many runners love the social aspect of running. It may start with cross country in high school and continue with local Omaha running clubs such as the Omaha Running Club or GOATZ. COVID-19 has disrupted many group or club running events. As the city begins to re-open, the urge to meet up for a run […]

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How to Warm Up for Baseball

Spring is on its way and baseball soon will be in full swing. According to the National Federation of High School Organizations, more than 5 million children participate in organized baseball yearly with nearly 500,000 at the high school level. And while traumatic injuries are not common, research indicates youth baseball players frequently experience injuries […]

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Tips for Avoiding the Disabled List

I have a steady flow of baseball and softball players who come to see me for shoulder and elbow rehab. Many of these players on the disabled list have characteristics unique to the throwing athlete. Given this information and my background, I have preached arm care, throwing programs and strength and conditioning to players, parents […]

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Tips for Preventing Dance Injuries

As many adolescent sports are these days, dance is typically a year-round activity. With performances and competitions scattered throughout the year, involvement in both studio and school teams, and rarely a break in classes, adolescent dancers may participate in 20-30 hours of dance per week. Some studies even show pre-professional or professional dancers may average […]

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So You’re A Fall Sport Athlete?

Your How-To Guide to Survive the Winter Season and Prepare For Spring Sports The last touchdown passes have been thrown. Soon, the last volleyball kills and tennis aces will be recorded and cross country races run for the fall sports season in Nebraska. Many fall athletes will go on to play winter sports, but some […]

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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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Avoiding Overuse Injuries in Youth Athletes

We are seeing more young kids come in with overuse injuries that often times are preventable and caused by athletic overuse. These injuries typically occur when the players use a repetitive motion consistently that puts stress on the muscles or joints, like pitching or jumping. These can be treated but can potentially lead to more significant […]

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Drs. Bonness and Ebel Join OrthoNebraska

OrthoNebraska’s newest doctors will further strengthen our commitment to provide the community with accessible, high quality and cost-effective orthopedic care. Dr. Jeffrey Ebel is a primary care sports medicine physician with expertise in non-operative management of orthopedic injuries and concussions. It is the first time a primary care physician has joined the OrthoNebraska team. Dr. Eric Bonness […]

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Aging and Exercise

Can you imagine what Venus Williams’ or Adrian Peterson’s workouts will be like when they are in their 50s? Even great athletes who wish to remain in peak physical condition must learn how to modify their activity as they age. As early as age 30 and by 40 at the latest, the body: Loses muscle […]

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ACL Recovery Time and NFL Athletes

Kwon Alexander, Carl Lawson, Jay Ajayi, Jimmy Garoppolo, DJ Foster, Jerick McKinnon, Jake Ryan, AQ Shipley, Hunter Henry. Aside from being notable players in the NFL, what do they have in common? They are all just a few of many players that have had their 2018 NFL season prematurely ended due to a torn ACL. […]

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Which Ankle Injuries Usually Require Surgery?

Most of us have sprained an ankle before, and are happy to use rest, ice and some ibuprofen to let it heal. But some ankle injuries are more severe or don’t heal properly and can require surgery. Chronic Ankle Sprains or Instability If you’ve sprained your ankle many times and it seems to give out […]

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Muscle Imbalances: What to Do When One Side of Your Body is Sore

If you’re like most people, you work out to keep in shape and maintain a desired body shape. A common barrier to those goals can be muscle imbalances. The body tries to compensate for these muscle imbalances, which can lead to problems. In the shoulders and arms, this often leads to a diagnosis of Upper […]

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Why Multi-Planar Exercise is Important

When considering movement of the human body, we talk about movements occurring in 3 different planes, sagittal (forward and backward), frontal (think side-to-side), and transverse (rotational movement). All of our daily functional activities occur in a combination of all 3 planes. This is especially true for athletes, as participation in sports requires them to move […]

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5 Things Not to Do After Rotator Cuff Surgery

Rotator cuff repair surgery can take about six months for full recovery. Your physician and physical therapist will help guide you through the various stages and what activities you should be doing when. That being said, here are some things we recommend against: Remove Your Sling or Immobilizer Early It may be tempting to remove […]

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