Keiser University’s Orlando campus Sports Medicine and Fitness Technology and Exercise Science programs recently welcomed elite coach Justin Cobb along with professional wakeboarding athletes Gunner Daft (aka the Rockstar) and Mike Dowdy (aka the Red Bull), along with professional photographer Tyler Soden (aka Tsode) to share information about knee injury prevention and the sport of wakeboarding.


A water sport which involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body water, wakeboarding creates pressure and impact on the knees when the athlete lands in the water. Therefore, Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) damages are one of the most common  injuries in the sport. Coach Cobb shared his experience and career achievements as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and information relating to how he has improved the lives of athletes through the education of functional movement exercises. As he described and demonstrated to the students how corrective exercises and injury prevention are extremely important for athletes, he led them through some of his favorite dynamic stretches and functional exercises.


The athletes also spoke from personal experience relating to the time, patience, and hard work that is required to  achieve professional level status, and how crucial it is for all athletes to avoid injuries. Taking proper precautions and maintaining a healthy diet and mental, physical and emotional state can have a significant impact on the athlete. Coach Cobb also mentioned the importance of positive relationships with other athletes and how many coaches mentor others and contribute throughout both the season and off-season.


“It was a great experience having professional sport athletes and their coach sharing information, details about their lives, and demonstrating proper conditioning techniques.” said program professor Dr. Stefane Dias.