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Injury time Out With Eddie Steele

| July 12, 2017 | Reply

E Steele_2017.jpgI recently sat down with former Edmonton Eskimo, and current Saskatchewan Rough Rider Eddie Steele, to talk about injuries and what it takes to be successful in the CFL

Q.  How old were you when you started playing Football?

A. I had grown up watching my dad play for Hamilton in the CFL, but I didn’t start playing football until I was 13 years old.   I went on to play throughout High School and received a Scholarship to play for the University of Manitoba.  We went on to win the Vanier Cup while I was there, and then I was drafted in 2010 to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  It was pretty special getting drafted to the same team I watched my dad play for.

Q. Football is a very physically and mentally demanding sport, yet you have been able to stay relatively healthy over your long career.  How have you been able to do that?

A.  Football is my full time job, when I am not on the field I still have to work hard.  I am in the gym almost every day in the off season and at least 3 times a week during my season.  I do preventative things like massage therapy, proper nutrition, and work lots on flexibility.  I use a foam roller, stretching and lacrosse ball to make sure that I have proper flexibility.  

Q. Even with all of the work you have put in to prevent injuries, in a physical and fast paced game like football they still happen.  

A.  Yes, I have been pretty lucky with not suffering from many injuries.  I contribute that to my dedication to preventative measures, but I have had one significant knee injury.  In 2012 while playing for Hamilton I got hit during a game here in Edmonton and I suffered a Patellar Tendon rupture.  That hit ended my season.  My knee cap ended up at the top of my thigh and I had to have reconstructive surgery to attach the tendon.    I spent the rest of that season rehabbing my knee and working really hard on getting my strength and range of motion back.   I ended up being traded to Edmonton and played there for the next 4 years.  

To me there is a difference in being injured and hurt.  I play professional football, something always hurts and there is always someone ready to take my spot on the field.  I probably play through injuries that I shouldn’t, but football players have a warrior’s mentality.  As soon as the season is over, that is when the rehab starts for me.    

Q. You are the founder of Recruit Ready which is a speed and development program for High School players.  What advice do you give them about injuries?  

A.  That is tough, everyone is different and how one athlete handles the constant stress put on their body vs another athlete is different.  Things like concussions are extremely serious and those are not to be messed with at all, but if you are sore after a tough practice you are not injured and you need to be on the field.  I always encourage them to take care of their bodies to try to prevent injury by eating properly, build strength and flexibility and of course if an injury does happen, to get physiotherapy and proper rehab.  

And of course, if someone does have a nagging problem that won’t go away with traditional treatment, I recommend that they see Greg and the Capilano Rehab staff.  They are amazing!

Thanks to Eddie for taking the time to come in and talk with me.  Even though he will not be suiting up with the Eskimos for this season, we still wish Eddie, his wife Stephanie, and his new son Jackson all the best in Saskatchewan!


Capilano Rehab Centre | Physical Therapy Capilano physical therapists have provided state-of-the-art physical therapy, sports physiotherapy, back pain, WCB, accident, whiplash and injury rehab to clients in Edmonton for over 10 years.

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I am Capilano Rehab Centre’s Community Care Coordinator. I have been with Capilano Rehab for 9 years primarily as a Physio Assistant, but also as a Receptionist. I have a Physical Education Degree from the University of Alberta, which I will eventually use when my two young children are grown up. In the mean time I am enjoying helping people in the Community through my role as Community Care Coordinator and bringing awareness to how a Physiotherapist can help you get back to the activities you love the most!

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