Placekicker for the CFL, Rene Paredes chats with Thermotex about pressures of repetitive movement and his experience as a high performance athlete
We were incredibly excited to talk to Rene Paredes, a placekicker for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) about his pain management strategies and what wellness means for a high level athlete. Paredes attended training camp with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2010 and 2011 and was signed by the Stampeders on July 4, 2011. He was born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in Pierrefonds, Quebec.
T: Hey Rene, thanks for talking with us. For those who don’t know, tell us a bit about your professional and personal past and present.
RP: I play football in the Canadian Football League (CFL). I’m the kicker for the Calgary Stampeders and just finished my 7th season as a professional athlete. Before that, I played at Concordia University in Montreal.
T: What do you love most about what you do?
RP: I love that I get to do something I’m passionate about as a profession. I know that Football won’t last forever so I take full advantage of every moment, while making sure to take care of my health.
T: How do you get ready for the big game/opening night? (Morning rituals, favourite meal, pump up song etc.)?
RP: I always start every game day off with a hearty breakfast and plenty of sleep the night before. I don’t have a specific warm up song, but I listen to a lot of hip-hop. My favourite artists right now are Drake, Jay-Z and Nas.
T: How did your pain start?
RP: My pain started while kicking. The movement is such a repetitive technique, and doing it over and over again, year after year, has really started to aggravate my back and hips.
T: How about your treatment plan for pain?
RP: For treatment, I usually go as natural as I can. Massage, acupuncture and more recently my Thermotex are my go to treatments.
T: How has Thermotex supported you with your pain?
RP: I strongly believe it relaxes my muscles and warms them up, so I’m able to perform at a high level during the game. It’s my pregame ritual.
T: In your opinion, what are some of the benefits of far infrared when compared to other treatment options?
RP: Other heating pads usually are way too hot and burn my skin. The heat from Thermotex gets really deep in the muscle without the heat burning my skin.
T: What does ‘wellness’ mean to you?
RP: Eating healthy and being pain free means a lot to me, not only because of my profession, but to support my whole life.
T: Any final comments?
RP: I just plan on continuing to improve my game! In my long professional career I’ve experimented with many types of treatment and I believe that Thermotex is one of the best treatments I have used. I strongly recommend Thermotex to anyone with muscle pain.
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