We’ve seen the routine: A pitcher pulls a hamstring, overcompensates, and then has a sore throwing arm.
After undergoing labrum surgery to repair an injury to his right hip in 2009, defensive back Steven Christian knew he needed a balanced rehabilitation. His workouts included balancing on a board that was placed atop two deflated tennis balls. After that he advanced to medicine balls. On the board, he tried to see how many squats he could do.
“Anything where I had to support myself on top of a board without any help,” Christian said.
And then Christian, who aspires a career in medicine, came up with another training device: A skateboard.
Using a skateboard as s primary means of transportation, Christian said, helps his balance and hip flexibility.
“It’s affordable and it’s a good workout,” he said. “It’s a good means of transportation. I go from Point A to Point B.”
His UH football career also is having movement and flexibility. This past spring, he moved from cornerback to safety.
“It’s not really difficult as much as it is different,” he said. “After being used to corner, where you have specific rules rules for corner, the hardest part was to condition myself to get out of those rules. The best way to do that is to be in that position, and work through it.”
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And a very happy birthday to Midori.