Sometimes life throws a curveball that ends up changing everything. In Alex Garb’s case, life shot a curve-puck at her.
Alex was poised to become the lead goalie on Team Canada’s roller hockey team, a position that she had trained hard for over the years and proved herself worthy of attaining. Three days before the official tryouts at the end of April 2018, Alex was on new roller skates and in the net playing goalie on a men’s team. She’s that good.
While attempting to stop a puck racing toward her, Alex turned her knee in a defensive move but her foot stayed firmly planted. Maybe it was the new skates. The twist movement made her knee pop, injuring her medial collateral ligament (MCL), the band of tissue along the knee’s inner edge that connects the thigh and shin bones.
Unfortunately, Alex couldn’t perform at her usual 100 percent at the tryouts, and she wasn’t chosen to play goalie. Although Alex was offered a player position, she decided to decline the offer to play on Team Canada, which would compete in Italy in July and, for the very first time, not win a medal. Alex knew that she wouldn’t be able to play her best because she needed time to heal.
At the same time, her job as a server made it difficult to fully heal, always being on her feet. “To help get my knee strength back, two weeks after my injury, I started going to physiotherapy—twice a week for a month,” Alex said. After three weeks of combining AIM nutrition and physio, Alex started skating again but not playing goalie. “I thought it would be too dangerous to injure my knee again.”
Upping her intake of BarleyLife and Frame Essentials helped reduce the pain and increasing her use of the three Mag-nificence products also helped with the healing process. After feeling the positive effects the Mag-nificence topical magnesium in the lotion and spray and CWR in her baths, Alex stated, “I had no idea of the power of this mineral.”
Soon, Alex was back playing as defenseman with a local all-female inline team that she created back in January to grow the sport of roller hockey. In June, the team traveled to California to compete in the North American Roller Hockey Championships (NARCh), where Alex scored a goal and the team took home silver.
The future looks bright for Alex as she continues to get stronger with AIM at her side.
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