Angelika (Gela) Allmann

Graduate sports scientist, model, author, coach

Gela was born in Dachau in 1984. She has four siblings and is the mother of two children. The sports scientist was a successful extreme endurance athlete who landed on the podium several times in ski mountaineering/mountain running competitions. As a mountain runner and ski tour racer, she won the Zugspitz Extreme Mountain Run, among other things.

After her fall, Gela fought her way back into her old life and into mountain sports. She wrote two books about her comeback, produced a documentary film "ONE STEP" and received the "Bavarian Sports Award" in 2016. Today, she is a sought-after speaker and works as a moderator.

Podium Talk - How neurocentric training helped me

Three transformative journeys through pain and mental challenges to recovery and new professional perspectives

In this panel talk we talk with Gela Allmann, Reinhold Gruber and Luise
Walther, three completely different people, in different living environments, who have one thing in common: a stroke of fate that Life changed.

Gela Allmann: On April 3, 2014, I survived a fall of 800 meters during a ski touring photo shoot in Iceland, but was seriously injured. Everything about me was broken. That day my life changed 180 degrees, but I made up my mind: "I want to stand on top of a mountain with skis on my own again!" I really wanted that. With acceptance, optimism, a good team, belief in your own strength and a lot of willpower, everyone can get closer to their personal goals! As a keynote speaker, author and coach, I pass on this knowledge of the power of your own will and motivation to other people.

Luise Walther: I have experienced a journey that changed my life and career. At the age of 28, I suffered my first herniated disc, which led to emergency surgery. Two years later, the scenario repeated itself with another mass herniation in the same place. The subsequent sensory and motor deficits, including the loss of reflexes and sensations in my leg, as well as the post-operative period with numbness, burning and a feeling of pins and needles, were challenging. However, it was the neurocentric training that opened up a new perspective for me. I realized that pain and movement originate in the brain and that I can start there. Through targeted work focusing on breathing, nerve and scar mobilization and sensory stimulation, I began to understand my body better and trust it more than ever before. My initial frustration gave rise to a motivation to share my knowledge and experiences with others. Today, I strive to help other people discover and develop their own healing and performance potential.

Reinhold Gruber: An unexpected fall and the resulting spinal cord injury with incomplete paraplegia changed my life in an instant. Limping, total incontinence, pain and a forest of questions. A mixture of optimism and despair. Extreme highs and extreme lows in a very short space of time - what is that? How can it be that visual and pelvic floor impairments always fluctuate in parallel? Thousands of therapies, thousands of euros. Functional optometry helped with vision. But why did it also help with all the other impairments and nobody knew why? Sports science as the basis, neuroathletics as the answer. With a spinal cord injury, I became a sports scientist B.Sc. and neuroathletics trainer. Gela, Luise and Reinhold give you an insight into their lives and are available to answer your questions.