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44 views • May 21, 2018

‘I like challenges’: Injured Broncos player on his physiotherapy

Purtina Wang
CAPTION: Former Humboldt Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki says his twice-daily physiotherapy sessions can be frustrating, but the 19-year-old who was paralyzed from the chest down in an April bus crash, says he keeps a mindset of “you can do this.” (May 21, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Ryan Straschnitzki, Humboldt Broncos player PLACELINE: Calgary CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Ryan Straschnitzki is involved in the toughest game of his life. Seven weeks after being paralyzed from the chest down when a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team crashed, he has embarked on the thing a lot of athletes dread _ two-a-day workouts. It was his choice to undertake twice daily physiotherapy sessions at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. ``It's tough, but it's worth it for sure,'' said Straschnitzki in an interview with The Canadian Press from his hospital bed. ``I'm better. Physio's getting better. I'm feeling a lot better. Everything's healing perfectly _ I've still got some soreness and what not.'' Recently he was learning to move himself from his wheelchair to a bed during physio with the use of a slide board. It took a long time.
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