2021 Annual UBC Chan Gunn Lecture: The World’s Greatest Athlete and Gunn IMS – Oct 21

The Making of the World’s Greatest Athlete

Join Damian Warner and his physiotherapist Dave Zelibka as they look back at their nine-year journey to the top of the Olympic podium.

In this dynamic discussion moderated by Senior Gunn IMS instructor Cory Choma they will examine:

  • How they manage the delicate balance between training and recovery
  • The benefits of using an injury prevention model instead of an injury treatment model
  • Damian’s first experiences with dry needling and how their approach evolved through trial and error
  • How the Gunn IMS model helped Damian recover from and avoid overuse injuries throughout his career
  • Why desensitization of the nervous system is a crucial component even in elite athletes
  • How Dave incorporated Gunn IMS dry needling into a complex training and competition schedule
  • And much more

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Damian Warner is a Canadian track and field athlete specializing in the decathlon. He holds the Olympic record, three decathlon world records (100m, long jump, 110m hurdles) and has the fourth highest decathlon score in history. He is the 2020 Olympic champion and a three-time IAAF World Championship medallist. Damian also won bronze at the 2016 Summer Olympics, was the 2014 Commonwealth Champion and is the two-time and reigning Pan American Champion.


Dave Zelibka is a London Ontario physiotherapist. He has worked with elite track and field athletes for 12 years and has travelled to the past three Olympic Games. He has been Damian Warner’s primary medical provider for the past 9 years accompanying him at all of his training camps and international competitions. Dave has instructed hundreds of physiotherapists and medical doctors how to safely and effectively us dry needling through the UBC Gunn IMS Certification Program.


Cory Choma has been practising Gunn IMS since 1998 in Edmonton (Alberta, Canada). His practice includes chronic muscular athletic injuries and the treatment of persistent neuropathic conditions using Intramuscular Stimulation. Cory has taught Gunn IMS sessions in South America and Europe and teamed up with Dr. Steve Goodman to contribute a chapter on Gunn IMS for a needling textbook called ‘Trigger Point Dry Needling’ by Dommerholt & Fernández-de-las-Peñas.