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Near Crippling Accident Just a Bump in the Road for New Age Performance Athlete

Nicholas Koebel: “The doctors had performed surgery and I was told I may never walk again, let alone compete."
Nicholas Koebel: “The doctors had performed surgery and I was told I may never walk again, let alone compete."The Record 2014

Near Crippling Accident Just a Bump in the Road for New Age Performance Sponsored Athlete

It was only about a year ago, one week after Nicholas Koebel competed in his third Ontario Physique (OPA) show, that he attended the big Jay Cutler seminar in Toronto.

This is where his life took a huge and dramatic change.

During the intermission, Koebel went out to toss a Nerf ball into a basketball net for a while. And just when the 36 year-old decided to take that popular one-foot jump, his legs gave out from under him and he experienced a major fall, landing hard on his back. He soon learned that he had torn his patellas in both knees.

“The doctors had performed surgery and I was told I may never walk again, let alone compete,” says Koebel, a Waterloo, ON, native. “I was bed ridden for months and then placed in a rehab facility, where I slowly learned how to use my legs and walk again. In just under a year I got myself up and walking, and this past May I made my comeback to the stage and competed in another bodybuilding show.”

While inner strength, determination and support from family, friends and doctors all played a big role in his successful recovery, Koebel says that a small mouthpiece was a huge game changer for him.

It’s called the New Age Performance Mouthpiece and Koebel has been using it religiously. You see, this mouthpiece is the only one of its kind that is based on the principals of neuromuscular dentistry. The sport orthotic is placed on the lower teeth, properly aligning the jaw. Years of scientific research proves that proper jaw alignment has many positive benefits on the body and greatly improves performance.

Koebel was recently named a New Age Performance Sponsored Athlete

“The New Age Performance Mouthpiece has helped me in the gym by greatly improving my balance and stability, and by allowing me to breathe properly when using heavier weights,” he explains. “Also, in rehab it has been helpful acting as a bite guard, so I am not clenching on my teeth when I am in pain because of a certain exercise or technique my specialist is using.”

Rob Charlton, co-owner of New Age Performance Inc. makers of the New Age Performance Mouthpiece says he is elated to have Koebel on the New Age Performance team.

“Nicholas beat all the odds and is walking and competing again, which we are all so proud of,” says Charlton during an interview from the New Age Performance headquarters in Mississauga, ON. “We are also extremely thrilled that our device has helped him tremendously on his road to recovery. Knowing our natural sport enhancer is making this much difference in his life means the world to us.”

While there have been lots of skeptics out there who scoff at the idea that a mouthpiece can make a world of difference for athletes, Rutgers University has just quickly silenced them.

The esteemed institution via its sports and athletes research division released a study on proper jaw alignment and concluded it has a beneficial impact on overall athletic performance.

Koebel states, “Due to my injury I have had to really change my style of training. With the mouthpiece I am able to balance and use a lot less energy staying stable and balanced while training.”

He adds, “The mouthpiece has also helped with my breathing, leaving a small opening when biting down, therefore supplying me with more oxygen and power where before I would tend to hold my breath while struggling to balance. The mouthpiece has helped with my recovery tremendously, especially on days when training legs and any exercises that involve balance and being stable is required.”

Koebel has a decorated career as a bodybuilder. He has always been into sports and being physically active. He was on almost every high school sports team, and if he didn't know how to play the sport, he would learn how to play right away.

So, it almost seems like a natural progression that he would find bodybuilding, or that bodybuilding found him.

Soon after high school, he joined a gym and the rest is history.

“I love everything about this sport and what it has done for me, what I have learned about myself and others,” he says. “I am constantly learning and growing both physically and mentally all while learning about myself.”

He started competing only two years ago. Qualifying a number of times for the OPA Provincials, he has become addicted to working out and competing on stage.

“It is hard to explain what training truly feels like and what stepping on stage and competing feels like… It is amazing,” he says. “Each day and each moment is like personal victories and those all lead up to that day you step on stage and take it all in - knowing that each and every day at the gym was worth it.”

He credits his drive and success to Jay Cutler, a well-known bodybuilder, Tina Goinarov, a freelance journalist, his OPA brothers and sisters, as well as many people from social media networks, fitness magazines, supplement companies, photographers, and many sponsors that have jumped on board Team Koebel which includes Crystal Suit, the New Age Performance Mouthpiece, Health Bound, Advanced Genetics, and Diverse Barber Shop.
He admits that the road to recovery has been long, hard, painful, eye opening, emotional and a real rollercoaster of life.

“There were days when I wanted to give up and quit and then there were days when I felt that I was ready to take on the world. If it wasn't for the few friends and supporters that came to see me and be there for me, or the followers that sent me messages of encouragement, I don't know how I would have stayed positive and focused to make it through. Being in the hospital and rehab facility really was a humbling experience. From being able to live my life, walk, shower, drive, train and then losing all of that and depending on others and relying on them for help made me see how important those that were there for me truly are.”

Now back in the gym and competing regularly, Koebel is telling everyone he knows about the benefits of jaw alignment and the New Age Performance Mouthpiece.

“The device is a staple in my training,” he says. “With the mouthpiece I'm able to balance and use a lot less energy staying stable and balanced while training. I have found nothing in bodybuilding to date that is 100 percent guaranteed with full money back. You can see the results as soon as you use the mouthpiece.”

The New Age Performance Mouthpiece will be unveiling its upper device for athletes in contact sports, such as hockey, football, basketball and boxing this month.

The list of notables using the new device is impressive. They include: Andew “Cobra” Rhodes, star on AMC’s Game of Arms; Jill Bunny, CBBF Figure Champion who owns Team Bunny: Fit Bunnies Fitness and who was the only Canadian to place in the Top 5 for the Bikini Class F Competition at the 2014 Arnold Sports Festival; Ania Anvaryfar of A2 Fitness Inc. who was crowned the second place winner in the World’s Top Figure Competition at the 2014 Arnold Sports Festival; and Peter Czerwinski, known as the popular ‘Furious Pete,’ who twice battled against anorexia and was hospitalized at the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital and recovered through bodybuilding.

There are also thousands of athletes in all sports biting on this new technology.

The price of the New Age Performance Mouthpiece is $49.97 and comes in a performance water bottle case. Unscrew the bottom of the case and there is the device ready for use. And today it can be purchased online at www.newageperformance.com as well as at dental offices throughout Canada and the United States.