Zach Haigney M.S., L.Ac, founder and owner of Athlos Sports Acupuncture, is licensed in NY and NJ. He is board certified by the NCCAOM.

Zach studied acupuncture at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture with a focus on pain and sports related injuries and has received training from some of the best in the world of Sports Acupuncture including Matt Callison and Chad Bong.  He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College where he walked on to the varsity soccer team and studied Biology. Before studying acupuncture he lead Phase II clinical trials for the development of HIV and Hepatitis C antivirals at Quest Clinical Research in San Francisco.

As an athlete, he is committed to researching techniques, practices and principles old and new to aid his clients in rehabilitation and prevention of injuries and improving their posture and movement capacities. He is an avid surfer, golfer, and supporter of Arsenal FC.




The definition of an injury is when the force exerted on a tissue is greater than the tissue's capacity to absorb, load and redistribute that force. This can happen to any tissue type, in any part of the body in any number of ways; instantaneously as in a sprained ankle or the injury can occur over the course of years as in non-specific low back pain and other chronic pain conditions.

Here is the problem: Injuries don't always lead to pain. And pain is not always associated with an obvious injury. And sometimes when we fix obvious injuries the pain does not resolve.

So we need tools and strategies to 1) influence tissue repair and 2) to recalibrate other factors associated with pain like the brain's ability to receive information about forces acting on the joints and soft tissues, the body's ability to cease production and remove non-productive inflammation, retrain healthy and functional movement patterns and manage the tension and tone of the Neuro-myo-fascial system.

Enter Sports Acupuncture.

Injury, pain and disfunction have always been part of the human experience and through out history really smart people have developed safe, pragmatic, effective and reliable ways to understand, diagnose and treat injury and pain. Chinese Antiquity is one of the richest depositories of tools, techniques, modalities and principles for the treatment of physical injuries and pain. There is no magic or superstition involved in this way of thinking. You do not need to believe in acupuncture for it to be effective, but you do need a nervous system.

Research originating from scientists' interest and inquiry in this system of treatment and health maintenance has already yielded one Noble Prize, given rise to the scientific investigation of the connective tissue matrix that supports and gives shape to the human body, informed Pain Research and shed light on the mechanism of Acute Inflammation and the growth and spread of cancer- all of which promise to significantly impact health sciences.

Sports Acupuncture is a catalogue of principles and techniques that aim to heal tissue, restore homeostasis and build resistance to injury and illness through bodywork, Acupuncture, cupping and Gua Sha, movement practices and self-care techniques with the goal of stimulation of muscles, connective tissue, joints and the associated circulatory and neural structures to deactivate pain patterns and enhance the brain's perception of the body.




Preconditioning, Performance & Recovery

Athlos Preconditioning, Performance & Recovery Protocols are about treating the injuries that are not currently causing pain. Over the course of your life you have had slips, falls, twists, aches, you spend time in repetitive, non-functional patterns of movement and put your body through the ringer. The movement deficiencies, fascial adhesions, trigger points, thinning discs, loss of sensory information and under active muscle groups that we develop through life and sport can not only lead to pain and injuries but can hold us back from performing up to your potential.

While they may sometimes cause pain, it is the loss of energy efficiency, coordination, balance, power and strength that make these issues chronic and can lead to athletes thinking they're too old, too stiff or to clumsy.

We have Developed two programs to facilitate performance gains:

Acupuncture Facilitated Recovery and PRECONDITIONING

One of the most exciting areas of Scientific Research that is poised to shake up the worlds of fitness, sports medicine, rehabilitation and training is the growing scientific literature concerning what Scientists call the Adaptive Response or Preconditioning. These are perhaps the most basic and universal concepts that if properly understood can make the biggest difference in how athletes think about caring for and training their bodies. These are principles and concepts that we all intuitively understand, especially athletes; if you push yourself, you get better. If you lift heavy things you get stronger and can lift heavier things next time, if you run far distances you will be able to run farther next time, if you spend time working on technique it becomes "grooved" into what is commonly called muscle memory (really just memory). All of these are examples of the adaptive response.

Preconditioning is the Intelligent and Informed use of the Adaptive Response to improve the quality and function of systems including Humans. This is commonly  directed at subsystems such as Muscle, Cardiovascular Capacity, Balance, Coordination and Kinesthesia, Mobility. All familiar territory. But what this area of research is telling us is that the principles of the Adaptive Response can be applied to the nervous system, the endocrine system, the lymphatic system the myofascial system and circulatory system in safe and reliable ways.

Sports Acupuncture is simply a way to effect the systems of the body in such a way as to invoke the Adaptive Response to resolve pain, heal injuries, and Precondition the tissues and functions to make them more effective, resilient and robust.

The Idea was to take a look at how society and people, patients could be benefitted in an operational sense, in a translational sense by the upregulation of adaptive responses, that we would call a hormetic dose response within the framework of preconditioning
— Edward Calabrese, P.hd.


Acupuncture Facilitated Recovery & Preconditioning programs are designed based around the level, intensity, duration and type of training and work environment of the individual client. Heart Rate Variability (HRV) monitoring, Posture and Movement assessments, and qualitative assessments are used to chart progress so you can point to the results.

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