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Anthony Valentino – compression fracture to golf in 2 months!

I’m sure the day started like any other day on the slopes in Southern California, but much to his dismay ended badly. Anthony, an athlete his entire life, botched a jump while snowboarding and landed like this. . . .

A back injury can be a pretty scary thing with, in some cases, a recovery which never ends. . . .

As he was hauled away by the people in red jackets, I’m sure he was wondering when he’d be able to get back on his surf board!
The end result was a serious injury, threatening to put a cramp in his style: a compression fracture to his L1. As he puts it, after eight weeks of initial recovery, he decided change the traditional course he’s taken over and over again after sustaining sports-related injuries. He entered the STARK spinal care program.

Two months later, he was back swinging a golf club!

Prior to a vacation in Belize, he went to his M.D. for malaria meds, and informed him of his injury. He was shocked at Anthony’s mobility. The conversation went something like this:

Doc: “. . . . but you seem to be moving around just fine. Well, if you want we can do surgery or shots if you need it.”

Anthony: So I showed him the xray, he immediately looked at me with a look of dismay.

Doc: “I have a patient that has the exact same break, same age and build as you, it’s been 6-months, and I still can’t get his pain level under control… what are you doing differently?”

Anthony: “Well for starters, I didn’t come to see you first. I went to an orthopedic specialist, got an MRI just to double check what was going on. I then rested for 3 weeks, saw a chiropractor twice a week, and as soon as I could move enough I went to get training.”

Doc: “Oh, so you went to get Physical Therapy. . . . that makes sense.”

Anthony: “No, actual training, like with weights.”

In Anthony’s words, he believes his doctor is re-thinking his approach to medicine! Way to Man Up Anthony! See the pics below of his recovery, in action.

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Drive For Water

A good friend and client of ours, Stephen Magliocco,  Manned UP recently by creating a non-profit called Drive For Water to benefit children who don’t have access to clean drinking water.  Through his efforts, his organization will help fund the installation of wells and water purification systems as well as provide health and hygiene training to the communities in need.


As a father, imagining my own children in a struggle for basic necessities is no less than heart-wrenching.  Stephen, also a father of a young family, after being exposed to the benefits of easily-installed water purification devices, donated the money to have one installed in a clinic.  Realizing the impact of this small gesture and its positive ripple effect, he decided to form Drive For Water, a non-profit created to promote and organize golf tournaments and other charitable events with all of the profits directed at providing clean water to children in need.


Please join us in support of Drive For Water’s first golf tournament held at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point on August 22nd.  The format will be ‘shotgun, best ball’ with an 11:00 AM T-time, followed by dinner and awards at 5:30 PM.  You can contact Stephen at Stephen@driveforwater.com, or 714-470-3306.


Or, for more information, see the Drive For Water website, and we hope to see you at the course!

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Man vs. Alcohol

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