“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.” 

Body Helix Brand Ambassadors embody this quote.  Our ambassador program supports athletes of all sports and all ages that strive to make injury prevention and injury management a part of their everyday routine.  To learn more about becoming a Body Helix Ambassador, click here!

ERICA PERKINS JASPER
Chief Operating Officer of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) | runner | tennis player | yogi | orange theory fitness enthusiast

What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played?

I have played tennis for as long as I can remember (probably pushing 35 years at this point). I was a competitive junior tennis player and played college tennis at Washington State University.

Earlier this year I completed my first half marathon—and although I don’t particularly love the (length of) training runs, I really enjoyed the competitive nature of the race, supportive running community, and the mental and physical challenge of completing 13.1. I would label myself a “beginner” runner and am a member of Oiselle Volee.

I also have become a fan in the last year of Orangetheory Fitness—and go to that 4-5 days a week.

I am also an amateur yogini. Love all types of yoga, but in particular in the hot room.

What do you love most about your sport?

Tennis: it’s never easy and it’s such a combination of mental and physical. It also has provided me with so many opportunities: two degrees, my career, lifelong friends, unreal memories!

Running: I’m not very good at it, so it’s an amazing challenge.

OTF: Toughest workout out there for me—and time efficient. As a mom with two little kids, time efficient is KEY! I love the camaraderie of the location I go to and the coaches there and HR monitoring keeps me pushing my upper limits.

Yoga: Makes you go inside and be in touch with your body. I LOVE the hot room as the heat is therapeutic and I find it is easier for me (a less than naturally flexible person) to ease into some of the more challenging poses.

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

I love my Patella Helixes!

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

Keep stretching my upper limits—especially as I get older—while still being kind to my body and investing in physical and mental recovery. ?

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman who teaches by being.”
-Maya Angelou

Paul Mancini
tennis player

Paul is a top natinally recognized tennis player, ranking as high as 379 in the world.  He achieved National Rankings of #1 in the 30’s, 35’s and 40’s winning over 25 National Tournaments.

 

Staying in top physical shape and taking care of his body has always been a priority.  It’s one of the reasons he loves Body Helix because it allows him to compete at a high level while minimizing injuries.  

 

What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played? 

Tennis

What do you love most about your sport?

Love that I can still compete at 49 and can get a great workout in an hour with a buddy.

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

I love the Calf Helix and the Thigh Helix .

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

Always pushing to be in the best shape I can for my age. Enjoy cross training to keep things fresh.

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?

Practice makes perfect. 

STU SAIKI
tennis player

What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played?

As a kid growing up in Hawaii I surfed and also played baseball, football, basketball, and volleyball. I started playing in junior tennis tournaments when I was sixteen, played college tennis at the University of Hawaii, and then played on the ATP tour for a couple years. I continue to compete today in national and international senior tennis tournaments.

What do you love most about your sport?

Not only does playing tennis provide a healthy lifestyle that I enjoy, it provides me with a continued challenge to find new ways to develop and improve as a competitor.

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

Definitely my Thigh Helixes!

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

Increasing my strength, endurance, and flexibility in order to remain injury free and compete at the highest levels in national and international competition.

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?

You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.” -Arthur Ashe

Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.

-Henry Ford

Lizl Kotz
physical therapist | tennis player

Lizl is a nationally ranked tennis player and owns her own physical therapy practice in Charleston, South Carolina: Lizl Kotz Performance.

What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played? 

I have played tennis ever since I was eight years old. I played competitive junior tennis in both South Africa and the United States.  I then played college tennis for Indiana University.  I took most of my 20’s and 30’s off from competing in order to focus on my family but have now enjoyed competing again at a national level.

What do you love most about your sport?

I value the exercise and friendships tennis provides. Tennis is incredible exercise for an aging body and mind.  The balance required in tennis is a great skill to have as an adult.  Winning a tennis match requires both physical and mental efforts.  The strategy involved in winning a point and then a match helps me stay mentally fit.

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

I really like the Full Thigh Helix and the Elbow Helix.

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

I know the medical field is continually advancing with new medical technology to help humans live longer.  I am passionate about movement and how it affects the human body and brain for the better.  Unlike some medical treatments that may work for some but not for all, physical exercise is of great benefit to all at any age with no side effects.  I plan on using fitness to help me live longer and feel stronger at the same time.

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?

“Advice From a Tree:
Stand tall and proud.
Go out on a limb.
Remember your roots.
Drink plenty of water.
Be content with your natural beauty and
Enjoy the view.”
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