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Written by Keith Lease
More than two years after being paralyzed from the chest down in the tragic bus accident involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey club, Airdrie’s Ryan Straschnitizki continues his incredible work ethic to regain some of the mobility lost in April 2019.
Straschnitzki posted a video on Twitter showing him working with two therapists as he grabs and gets up with the help of a walker. Straschnitzki tweets:
“Trying out the walker for the first time! Thank you for the physiotherapists who encourage me to be the best I can in each session. One step closer than I was the day before.”
Trying out the walker for the first time! grateful for the physiotherapists who encourage me to be the best I can in every session. One step closer than I was the day before 👊🏻 pic.twitter.com/PHw6HHg6Ys
– Ryan Straz (@rstraz_) June 9, 2021
In the video, a therapist can be heard giving Straschnitzki instructions on the move and encouraging young Airdrie.
Straschnitzki has already shown his resilience and determination to overcome adversity with a series of other posts about his progress. In November 2019, Ryan and his father Tom traveled to Thailand, where Ryan had an epidural stimulator implanted in his spine. The video of his rehabilitation at the time showed him moving his legs, kicking a ball and even taking a few steps with the help of therapists.
Ryan Straschnitzki continues to pursue his dream of playing with the Canadian sled hockey team in the upcoming Olympics.
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