I talked with several people, both at the York scimmage and at Alumni Stadium yesterday, who had seen and spoken with linebacker John Rush. Rush, who has been in California for almost four months rehabbing his knee, returned to Guelph for a week. All the reports of his recovery progress were very positive. Rush is working with former UofG Strength & Conditioning Consultant Chris Mumford. Mumford has a perfect record when it comes to helping athletes with knee surgery return to playing shape. Luke Nangle and Luca Congi are a couple of the players who have benefitted from his rehab oversight.
Anyways, the Mercury’s Rob Massey caught up with Rush at an indoor team practice last week and has written about it for the paper.
GUELPH — Linebacker John Rush figures he’ll be ready for the Guelph Gryphons football training camp in August.
“It’s been going really good, actually,” Rush said of his rehab. “It’s going really well so I’m really happy with it.”
Rush had surgery on the ACL in his left knee last October and has been rehabbing in San Diego since just before Christmas. He returned to Guelph last week to watch the OUA team’s indoor workout and has already returned to San Diego to finish rehabbing.
“The weather here was supposed to be really bad and they didn’t want me slipping on the ice and reinjuring myself,” he said. “There were a couple of factors that it boiled down to, but he’s a really good coach and they wanted to send me to the best.”
In San Diego, Rush has been working with Chris Munford, the strength and conditioning coach at the University of Guelph during Rush’s first season with the Gryphons.
“I’ve been doing some interesting stuff,” Rush said of his workouts. “Sometimes I’ll squat in the ocean with the current pulling back from me so it’s a struggle for the knee to find itself. That’s really cool.”
Read the full story here.
One small point … Rush suffered his injury during a practice at Alumni Stadium with one game to go in the regular season. He missed that game at Queen’s and also the two playoff games. Actually, the way I recall it Rush missed four regular season – Waterloo, York, Carleton and Queen’s. It just wasn’t publicly announced until before the Queen’s game that he was lost for the season.