Client Spotlight: Meet Zack

Zack’s ankle sprain, OUCH!

Considering that we are fresh off of the NCAA tourney, I thought this would be the perfect week to share Zack’s story with you.  His particular story is uniquely special. 

Zack was referred to me through the encouragement of his super spectacular mom April whom I was already working with when I met Zack.  We’d known each other for quite some time so she knew my desires and abilities to work with the “weird and wacky” health and movement issues.  

Zack strolls into my studio on day one and as I ask every new client the first time we meet for a consultation, “what are your goals”?  

He said, “I want to play professional basketball”.  

He then proceeded to tell me about ALL of his health issues and his injury history.  Wow.  He was 19 at the time and mirrored the issues I see in 50-year-olds regularly.  He and I both knew that his goal wasn’t going to be achieved based on all of the complexities in his movement abilities, aches, pains and current injuries he was dealing with if big changes weren’t made. 

So we agreed to focus on sealing the cracks in his foundation starting with step 1, mobility, just like every client does.  Zack understood that he couldn’t move well and it didn’t matter how many points he could score, if he could not maneuver around the court and actually play the game without being broken every second of the game and also off the court.  His career wasn’t going to last much longer.  I’ll let you hear it from the man himself:  

“Hey everyone, how’s it going?  My name is Zack Burnett and I graduated from Lynchburg College in 2017. While there, I had a very successful basketball career thanks to hard work, dedication, a passion to be great, and help from a bunch of people along the way.  One of those people being Mrs. Monica Kuebler.
 
I began working with Monica for a handful of reasons, but the biggest was that I was just sick and tired of constantly being in pain. It got to the point where I couldn’t even remember the last time I played a game without fighting through some sort of injury or lingering pain.

Thankfully, I picked the game up at a very young age and had practiced and practiced for so long, that my 85% was better than most people’s 100%. Nonetheless, I wasn’t satisfied.

I was able to finish out my high school career as the third leading scorer in school history but was disappointed to receive not one Division 1 basketball scholarship. This made me so mad that it lit a burning fire inside of me to push harder and harder to prove the doubters wrong.

But the more I pushed, the more my body suffered.
 
It was my sophomore year at Lynchburg that I decided I needed to make a change. I had missed numerous practices because of patella tendinitis, I missed multiple games because I had an ankle subluxation and had to sit out scrimmages because of lower back pain

Thankfully my mom said she knew someone, and as I’m sure you can guess, that someone was Monica. I began working with Monica that summer and the results came immediately.

After our first session, my body already felt better, and it only went uphill from there. Of course, I was skeptical at first, like any kid would be, but as time went on I began to trust her more. And man does my body thank me for it.
 
I took what she taught me and brought it back to school with me.  Foam rolling, stretching, functional movements, pliability, core work, nutrition, and recovery.

From there, my next two years took off.  My knee and back pain were completely gone, my body felt stronger and more stable, and I finally unlocked that 100%.


I received First Team All-Conference honors after my junior year, and then went on to average 21.5 PPG my senior year and was named Conference Player of The Year and Second Team All-American. This past month, they retired my jersey number and have a banner hanging in the rafters.  

Would I have been able to accomplish all of this while fighting off injury after injury? I mean who knows, but the odds are unlikely. So, thank you, Monica, for teaching me how to take care of my body, for correcting my imbalances, and for crafting a functional human being who can now get out of bed in the morning without aching all over. And while I thought I was already too broken and it was just too late, it is indeed never too late to change. So shoot her an e-mail, trust the process, and unlock your 100%. You’ll thank yourself later.  -Zack

Zack went on to play professional basketball in Europe shortly after graduating from Lynchburg College. 

Goal achieved, mission accomplished, mind & body transformed and life altered. 

I love it.  Way to go Zack!  I couldn’t be happier for you.  You are such a badass 🙂

 

Are you ready to improve your ability to perform your sport or want to prepare your young athlete with the most solid foundation in order to extend their athletic career and reach their utmost potential? 

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