Injuries suck. Any athlete can tell you that. But how you deal with an injury is what defines you as a player.
Last January, Cedric Ogbuehi had the world at his feet. The offensive tackle from Texas A&M had just helped the Aggies to another successful season—including a Chik-fil-A Peach Bowl victory over Duke—and was considering declaring for the NFL Draft. Ogbuehi had already been a three-year starter at A&M and was projected as a first-round pick. However, he ultimately elected to return for his senior season.
Fast forward to today. Ogbuehi is working his butt off to prove to NFL scouts that he's still worth a high pick. Ogbuehi tore his right ACL in the Aggies' last game of the season, a Liberty Bowl victory over West Virginia. To call the injury ill-timed would be an understatement, since Ogbuehi will miss the entire NFL Combine.
Many athletes might sulk and feel sorry for themselves, but not Ogbuehi. Instead, he's getting creative with his training and proving to pro teams that he's determined to come back from the injury stronger than ever.
Working out at Proactive Sports Performance, a 5,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Santa Ana, California, Ogbuehi has presented a unique challenge for their staff. Since his lower-body movement is extremely limited, he's had to customize his training. In the above video, watch Proactive Sports Performance coach J.T. Wright lead Ogbuehi through Physioball Crunches and Heavy Rope Waves.
Kudos to Ogbuehi for training hard despite his limitations.
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