Saturday, November 14, 2020

The Legendary Willie Banks On The Comeback With KAATSU



William "Willie" Banks, III is a 64-year-old former world record holder and 3-time Olympian from Carlsbad, California.

Banks will always be remembered as one of the most charismatic athletes to compete in track and field. He pioneered the hand clapping that takes place during many track and field events (read here). His exuberant personality remains an inspiration to many and was always present in his athletic performances that ranged from NCAA Championships to the World Championships.

He held the triple jump world record for over ten years while qualifying for the 1980, 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games and the 1983 and 1987 IAAF World Championships. He was awarded the Track & Field News and United States Olympic Committee Athlete of the Year in 1985 and won the Jesse Owens Award as the Outstanding Athlete in Track and Field. Over the span of 18 years from 1975 to 1992, he was ranked among the world's best.

But his career as a triple jumper took a heavy toll on his body, particularly his joints. Lifelong injuries to long jumpers and triple jumpers are common due to the increased pressure on their joints during their athletic career. But there is hope and a form of relief.

The USA National Track & Field Hall of Famer and former President of the U.S. Olympians Association dealt with pain for the last three decades. The athlete who leaped as nearly far and high as anyone in human history had to face pain while walking and moving. Banks could not even touch his toes.

Banks began KAATSU during the COVID-19 lockdown period. After many years and all kinds of interventions and physical therapy, he began to feel relief.

He tells of his recovery with KAATSU while enjoying a renewed ability to walk long distances and a life without pain.

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