Brian Detrick

Knowmor Inc. is proud to be a sponsor of Brian Detrick, a home grown world class athlete who found us recently through the SacTown Throw Down. Brian had been recovering from years of muscle spasm and pain which finally peaked after a recent transportation injury in the fall of 2012, forcing him to cut his competition schedule short. At Strive™ (our Sports Division of Functional Bowen™) we recognized Brian’s muscle dysfunction and subsequent restrictions. We believe that “Muscle balance and symmetry equal improved form, agility and speed”. STRIVE™ stands for Striving To Reach Individual Versatile Excellence. We hope to demonstrate that the “ultimate experience in athletic achievement can be reached through optimal structural muscle balance”.

We have partnered with Brian because unlike other competitive athletes we see, his sport is unique in its multidirectional opposition to gravitational forces. Structural musculosketal balance is essential in enabling the competitor to maintain a correct posture which flows with all components of the event and assists in the prevention of injury when and if gravity wins. We have partnered with Brian to provide him the cutting edge in his own “Versatile Excellence” and hope to enable him to improve his competitive standing through improved muscle balance, proper posture which will promote his best form and increased strength through improved tone and flexibility.

Brian received IMPROVED RESULTS after therapy. Before our sessions, he placed 18th in the Moomba Masters. After therapy, he tied for 2ND PLACE in the Moomba Masters. Brian has gone on to achieve 4th overall on the 2019 IWWF World Ranking List.

These results that speak for themselves.

It is such a privilege and joy to sponsor such a committed young athlete in his determination to do his best at all times and share in his successes along with his family who support him 100%. Brian is a great skier but he’s the real deal as a great human being. His compassion for the sport, his successes to date, and his achievements both on and off his skis have not gone to his head. He is humble, compassionate and sincerely interested in the success of others. We at Strive™ are behind both the competitor and the exemplary young man he is.

Judy Terwilliger, Lead Therapist & Owner.

Brian’s Story

Brian Detrick has achieved many athletic accomplishments during his career as a professional water skier, notably 4th on the 2019 IWWF World Ranking List, the 2016 Open Men’s Slalom National Champion, seven Pro Tour podium finishes, three-time National Record Holder, and 2015 Water Ski Ambassador of the Year. Brian grew up in Elk Grove, California where he had the opportunity to participate in many sports. He played competitive soccer, traveling all-star baseball, and was a high school varsity athlete in football, basketball, and track & field. He was on the water knee boarding at 2 years old, double skis at 4 years old and competed in his first tournament, on a slalom ski at 6 years old and Brian won his first national championships and set the national record at 10 years old.  

After high school, Brian attended Saint Mary’s College of California where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sports & Recreation Management and a minor in Business Administration. While studying at Saint Mary’s College of California, he founded the Water Ski & Wakeboard Team. A few of his collegiate accomplishments include 2010 Collegiate National All-Star Champion, 2010 Collegiate All American, and 2009 Collegiate Male Leader of the Year. Brian was also selected to the 2012 United States University World Water Ski Team, where they went on to win the 2012 FISU University World Championships in Santiago, Chile. 2019 was a successful year in Brian’s career as he made the finals at the World Championships as the #2 seed and finished 7th at the event in Malaysia.  He finished the year ranked #5 in the world on the IWWF World Ranking List after he tied his personal best (twice) and had five of his best scores in three years. Brian was selected at a coach for the 2019 USA Adaptive Team and coached them to Team Gold at their World Championships in Norway. In 2020 he looks to continue to move up the World Ranking Lists, maintain consistency with his scores and strives to become the 13th man in the world to ever run 41off. 

What is Tournament Slalom Water Skiing?

Slalom water skiing is a sudden death sport where skiers have to navigate through two gate buoys, turn around 6 buoys (3 on each side) and successfully go through the two exit gates. When you complete a pass, if you are at the maximum boat speed for your division (36mph for Pro Men), you shorten the line to pre determined rope lengths. Pro skiers get into rope lengths that are anywhere from 3 to even 5 feet short of the buoy line. That is where Brian’s 6’4” stature becomes an advantage. 

Brian first came to STRIVE™ in 2013 when he was ranked 34th in the World. With regular treatment with STRIVE™, within the next year he was ranked #7 in the world and had multiple Pro Tour Podium finishes. “Over the last 6 years of my partnership with STRIVE™, I have learned a tremendous amount about my body, how the body works and what I need to do to proactively keep my body healthy, mobile and prepared for the strain I constantly put on it. Due to the weekly maintenance visits, when do take crash that would have sidelined me or prevented me from being 100%, I am now not affected as much by a crash when they happen and if it is a bad crash, I am able to recover in a shorter amount of time getting back to training and competition a lot quicker.” 

Brian was recently featured on KCRA Superstars. You can learn more about Brian’s featured TV coverage on his website.

Personal message from Brian

Being a professional water skier, I push my body to the max day in and day out; whether it is in the gym or on the water. Over the past 6 years I have dealt with a few nagging injuries that never seemed to go away no matter how much time I took off or how many visits I had with a massage therapist, deep tissue, trigger point, chiropractor or physical therapist. I drove hundreds of miles, spent many hours in the car and on a table and spent a lot of money to see some of the top people in Northern California in order to get healthy and not feel like my body always hurt. I also seemed more prone to injuries, nothing major but minor injuries that would sideline me for a few days to 2 weeks.

In January of 2013, I discovered Functional (Sports) Bowen™ therapy by Flexibly Fit while at the “SacTown ThrowDown”, a local CrossFit sponsored event. I scheduled an appointment and needless to say, the rest has been history. In this short amount of time, just one visit, I received more results than any other visit or consecutive visits from anyone else I had seen in the past 6 years. After the 2nd visit, I felt like I was a new person; I was able to move functionally for the first time in over 6 years. After all that time with pain and aching, I really believed that this is how my body was and that I would never improve. At 23 years old I was pretty “jacked up”. This therapy has helped with my hip mobility/range of motion, reduced the tension in my neck/traps that I had been present since Oct. of 2009 and my balance has improved. Functional Bowen™ has helped my posture and overall flexibility throughout my entire body. I no longer have shoulder pain that the doctors said was an impingement. Of those whom I have already referred in the past couple of weeks, all have seen positive results, no matter what their problems were.

In summary, this form of therapy is different from others forms of work in that as it focuses on the problem, it produces the kind of muscle release and balance that allows the whole musculature to work together to affect change. The muscles feel more balanced, less achy and able to do more or face harder physical challenges as an athlete. I find now that I am able to push my body to do more extreme work outs without injury. As a professional athlete, I recommend this process because it enables me to compete at the highest level on a world stage.

Brian’s First “SHOUT OUT” post was dedicated to our therapy

Brian Detrick, Professional World Class Water Skier 2012 Water Ski World University Champion, US Team Member, Warrior CrossFit, Elk Grove, California