THE ATHLETE AS A WHOLE
Dr. Lorenzo Gonzalez is unlike any other physical therapist, trainer, or medical professional I have ever met. There are few professionals in the field of physical therapy that approach an injury or injuries holistically. Dr. Gonzalez, as evident through his education in the field of acupuncture, has a unique view of how a patient should be treated. As an athlete, I felt that my injury was not the focal point, rather, he looked at the whole kinetic chain and other possible issues that led to the final injury result. I flew down to New York City to spend several days dissecting my core weaknesses and strengths to create a more long-term strategy for my injuries.
During my personal run for the Olympics in 2006-2008, I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and had been taking medication and seeing a therapist at home. During our travels, Dr. Gonzalez always paid acute attention to what was needed for me to perform. Personally, it was evident that he was interested in the athlete in both body and mind; often understanding the treatment or care could be more mental than physical.
ON TOP OF THE NEWEST TRENDS
Dr. Gonzalez was also one of the first trainers I knew of that could properly use “Kinesiology Tape”. Our team used to be wrapped up in Kinesio tape before it was widely available. The tape would draw looks from other fencers from other countries and trainers from other teams would ask Dr. Gonzalez what it was. The tape was used both while we were competing and to help aid in rest and recovery.
TEAM USA-SILVER MEDAL
Dr. Gonzalez joined our USA Women’s Foil Team staff prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He treated the entire team with professional care and trust. Since most Olympic athletes do not receive sponsorship, Dr. Gonzalez used much of his own resources pro bono for myself and my teammates. I did not make the team, but the 2008 Women’s Olympic Foil
Team that did go to Beijing won an unprecedented silver medal in large part because of Dr. Gonzalez’s abilities to keep them all whole and healthy after many years of repetitive injuries.