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Ex-Premier League striker Rob Hulse working as a physio

by 19/02/2018 03:09:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Rob Hulse qualified as a physio last year and is currently working for the NHS
  • Hulse was Sheffield United's top scorer in their 2006-07 Premier League season 
  • The ex-Leeds and West Brom striker says he barely watches football anymore
  • Hulse struggled with injuries throughout his football career and retired in 2013

By Robert Cottingham For Mailonline

Published: 12:57 EST, 16 February 2018 | Updated: 12:57 EST, 16 February 2018

Rob Hulse has gone from Premier League striker to NHS physio after undergoing a remarkable career change since retiring from football.

The 38-year-old is working as a physiotherapist in Dudley, Worcestershire just five years after hanging up his football boots.

Hulse qualified as a physio after a four-year part-time course and spent four months working on rotation despite offers to work in football club's medical departments. 

Rob Hulse was Sheffield United's top scorer during their 2006-07 Premier League campaign
Rob Hulse was Sheffield United's top scorer during their 2006-07 Premier League campaign

Rob Hulse was Sheffield United's top scorer during their 2006-07 Premier League campaign

And as Hulse explains in an interview with The Independent, he chose instead to work for the NHS to help the patients that are most in need.

'Some people can't even get up and go to the toilet themselves when I see them,' he says,' Hulse said. 

'It's particularly nice when you can help somebody who has been struggling for a while... there's nothing better than that.' 

Hulse spent the majority of his career in the second tier but was top scorer for Sheffield United during the Blades' Premier League campaign in 2006-07. 

The former West Brom striker works as an NHS physio after undergoing a four-year course
The former West Brom striker works as an NHS physio after undergoing a four-year course

The former West Brom striker works as an NHS physio after undergoing a four-year course

Hulse's last club was Millwall where he spent a portion of the 2012-13 season on loan from QPR
Hulse's last club was Millwall where he spent a portion of the 2012-13 season on loan from QPR

Hulse's last club was Millwall where he spent a portion of the 2012-13 season on loan from QPR

The striker also played for West Brom, Leeds, Sheffield United, Derby and QPR as well as Crewe Alexandra where he began his career. 

But Hulse, who struggled with injury problems himself throughout his time football , doesn't follow the sport as closely since retiring.

'I watch more ballet than football nowadays,' Hulse says. 'Football was football. I left it at work. Life is as normal as it was, really. Things haven't changed much apart from I don't kick a ball anymore.'

Hulse believes retiring from the game can represent a mental struggle for some footballers who feel like they lose part of their identity.  

Hulse tussles with Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand during his time at Derby
Hulse tussles with Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand during his time at Derby

Hulse tussles with Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand during his time at Derby

'You have to come to terms with losing yourself,' Hulse says. 'You can no longer say you're a professional footballer. 

'All the studies around mental health and athletes who retire say it's a grieving process. You've always worked for this and you suddenly have a loss of identity.

'It's a huge thing, the mental health of sport and the internal and external pressures lads and girls are under. 

'It's about having a plan, having something other than being a sportsperson. There's a very narrow focus and then it stops. Having something really helps.'

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