It was nice to see Taylor Graham out in training Wednesday at Qwest Field. The veteran defender has been dealing with a nagging hamstring injury for most of the preseason, but is on the road to recovery.
I recently caught up with Graham to talk about his recovery and some goals for the season.
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(How do you feel and what’s it like out training again?)
It’s feel good. I came back a little too soon last time and it set me back 10 days or so, which was frustrating because I thought I was making good, quick progress. I want to play. I feel like I’ve been cursed the last few years with injuries and I’d like to shed that perception. That’s what I’m hear to do is play.
(How close are you to being 100-percent healthy?)
I’m being a little cautious with it right now. I’m feeling good. It’s one of these things where you feel good, you feel good, you feel good and there’s no warning. It’s all of a sudden. Hamstring injuries are very nagging like that. The last thing I want is for this to be a continuing injury. I feel great right now. It’s just a matter of getting enough repetitions in game-like situations before you put yourself in a game to avoid any chance of re-injury.
(What have you learned about your injury and its recovery process?)
The trainers have told me that hamstring injuries are very unique, where the greatest chance you have of injuring your hamstring is having a pre-existing hamstring injury. And so because of that, this is a new thing for me, this problem. Maybe I’m a little stubborn in going into it and saying ‘Hey I feel good, I want to push it a little bit.’ Then, sure enough, you’re taking three steps back after four steps forward.
(Have your injuries had a wear on you emotionally?)
Definitely. Absolutely. I would say I’m on the older end of our team for sure, and I was just telling a friend three days ago that I remember three years ago I played every minute of every game and didn’t have any issues. So, sometimes it makes you take it for granted a little bit, but I’m not at that point now having had some reoccurring stuff over the last 12 months.
(What that 2007 season the ideal for you personally and as a team?)
Yeah. Today for the first time I looked up at the banners (2005 USL championship, 2007 USL championship, 2009 U.S. Open Cup) and was thinking about the games, because I forget to look up there sometimes. It’s cool to have been a part of all three of those and looking back at 2007, it honestly seems like it was a perfect storm for us. Everything just came together in the middle of the summer from a great U.S. Open Cup to a great USL season. Everyone was very happy. We had a very tight-knit group. Yeah, that’s what I aspire to is being a part of a championship run like that.