Sam Bradford played badminton to help rehab his ACL

053115_sam-bradford_600The Philadelphia Eagles will be one of the most intriguing teams to watch during the 2015 season. With all of the rumors surrounding head coach Chip Kelly, the Eagles know that they have to make the playoffs. The guy who is supposed to lead them is coming off an ACL injury. Quarterback Sam Bradford has said that he feels healthy and credits playing badminton for helping him rehab his injury.


“I don’t really know how to explain it,” Bradford said, and then paused a few seconds, because what happened in June is not like anything he’d experienced in his rehabs from two ACL tears of the left knee.

“There’s standard rehab, where you have a sheet of what you have to accomplish every day in terms of exercise and rehab. Bill Knowles’ deal is, ‘Let’s play games.’ One day he said, ‘Let’s play badminton.’ We warmed up playing badminton. And then every day we were out here playing badminton. No net. He would hit it high and make me change directions and run. He throws all these PE games at you. You don’t think about it being rehab until you look and see the positions your body’s been in, and you think, That’s pretty close to the positions and movements you’ve got to make as a quarterback. I’m sure people up in the offices are looking out and wondering, what in the world are they doing playing badminton? But, you know, you spend a year and a half doing the same exercises, and you get so tired of doing the same thing over and over, and [Knowles] came in and said, Let’s change it up—let’s play some games. I mean, I loved it. And that’s when I really felt the rehab took a big jump.”


This is very different from the rehab stories you hear from players that are rehabbing from a ACL tear. Only time will tell if badminton really helped Bradford this season.

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