While training for a professional triathlon, I was literally hit by a truck at 50 mph. I had been in several accidents before, but nothing like this. I had dealt with back problems and joint pain after being rear-ended by a school bus, broken my ribs and punctured a lung in a cycling accident, and even had to have my neck triple-fused after a mountain-biking accident. But this accident was a whole different animal. I suffered four broken vertebrae, nerve and spinal cord damage, severe gluteus trauma, knee damage, massive bruising and head injury. It was a miracle that I was not killed or paralyzed. In the coming months, I underwent multiple surgeries, while at the same time struggling with the fact that I would probably never be able to compete again at the level I was competing at prior to the accident. On top of all of this, I filed a claim under my disability policy and was receiving significant pushback from my insurer. It was a lot to deal with, and I’m so grateful that Ed stepped in and took the reins on my disability claim. It provided me with the reprieve I needed to focus on my health and move forward with finding new opportunities where I could make a difference. Using my knowledge of kinesiology and unique personal experiences, I’m happy to say that I made it through this difficult time, and I now train and rehabilitate other athletes and coaches, including Doug Collins (former NBA player and coach) and Misty Hyman (Olympic Swimmer).
Terry Roach, M.Ed., R.K.T.
Former Professional Cyclist
President, Body Stabilization Training, Inc.