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