Max Gomez was a senior in high school when he was in a motocross accident that resulted in the amputation of his right leg. But that didn't stop the New Rochelle native, who did his outpatient care at Burke. The now 20-year-old college student—who races in the X Games and has been riding since he was just 4 years old—continues to ride and participate in the sport he loves.
We caught up with Max and asked him a few questions about his time at Burke:
Why were you at Burke?
Around 6 months before I attended Burke, I was in a motocross accident that cost me my right foot from the ankle down. Knowing that Burke was the best rehabilitation place in the world, my doctor wanted me to go there.
What was the experience like for you?
I was in outpatient care for my time at Burke, but overall the care was excellent. I would go to Burke right from school a couple times a week. At first I was struggling due to my weak hips and other muscles, but after about a month I began to notice drastic improvements. As I began to feel more comfortable, my therapist and I would go outside to run and do various other activities. Before long I was able to run at a normal pace and began to feel very strong and comfortable with my prosthetic. If I could rate my whole experience at Burke on a scale of 1 to 10, I would most definitely rate it a 10.
What were your thoughts about your injury before arriving at Burke? Did your time here change that? Coming into Burke, I did not know what to expect. I was new to the whole prosthetic scene and I knew I would have a long road ahead of me—although I felt confident knowing that I would be attending the best rehabilitation center in the world. It wasn't long after signing up that I knew I was at the right place.
Would you recommend Burke to others? And if so, why?
I would most definitely recommend Burke to others. No matter what age or type of injury a person has, I would suggest attending Burke for rehabilitation. There is no better or faster way to recovery. My injury is considered to be something that takes people many months (if not years) to bounce back from and with the help of Burke I was able to recover in an incredibly short amount of time.
How are you doing now?
I currently live a very healthy and fun life. Since Burke, I have transferred colleges to Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida and love it down here. I still continue to ride and race my dirt bike and have been taking it a lot more seriously this year. Motocross requires a lot of “off the bike” training and I am avid runner. I try to run at least 3 or 4 times a week and exercise in the gym 3 or 4 times a week as well. I can honestly say I would not be where I am today without the help of Burke Rehabilitation.
Check out this video for more on Max.
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