Pain After Knee Surgery: Quadriceps Avoidance (What It Is and How to Correct It)

Knee pain and injury can happen during anything from high-intensity sports to many everyday activities — the knee is, after all, a pretty fundamental part of our movement.    And depending on the severity of the injury that occurs, sometimes the safest solution is to opt for surgery. While surgical procedures aren’t anyone’s favorite option,… Continue reading Pain After Knee Surgery: Quadriceps Avoidance (What It Is and How to Correct It)

Why Pacing Matters and How It Affects Your Running

We’ve all probably heard the phrase “pace yourself” in one way or another — but the words take on a lot more weight in the context of efficient running training. One of the keys to successful running is in understanding your body’s capacity for various types of running training. There are plenty of variables (e.g.,… Continue reading Why Pacing Matters and How It Affects Your Running

What’s the Difference Between Fast- and Slow-Twitch Muscles?

It’s not uncommon for athletes to hear certain phrases like “You look like a distance runner,” or “You’re built for sprinting!”. These comments don’t necessarily hold any malicious intent, but they’re based on the assumption that someone’s athletic build represents their athletic caliber. Oftentimes, this kind of thought process is based on the observation that… Continue reading What’s the Difference Between Fast- and Slow-Twitch Muscles?

How to Start Running: A Beginner’s Guide for Successful Running Training

As runners, we all have to start somewhere.  And for a lot of us, that “somewhere” is heading out our front door in an effort to stay active, lose weight, or try that “running thing” everyone seems to be raving about. Or at least, that everyone seems to be doing.  And that’s as simple as… Continue reading How to Start Running: A Beginner’s Guide for Successful Running Training

How to Run Softer and Avoid Joint Pain with Running

Ever experienced pain in your knees, hips, or lower back with running? (Ever had it bad enough that it makes you dread every step?) You certainly wouldn’t be alone. Lots of runners experience the same — and we mean lots. Statistics show that up to 80% of runners will experience some form of injury. There… Continue reading How to Run Softer and Avoid Joint Pain with Running

How to Start (and Keep!) Running After Age 60

Over the last 25 years, the New York City Marathon has seen a 4000% increase in runners over the age of 65. Let’s say that again: a 4000% increase. How impressive is that? So many runners over 60 years old have found themselves excelling at the sport. Regardless of what they call themselves — masters… Continue reading How to Start (and Keep!) Running After Age 60

The Top 5 Reasons Why We Love To Run

If you haven’t guessed yet, running is kinda one of our favorite things here at Competitive EDGE — it’s a huge part of why we exist! In fact, way back in 2001, Dr. Kevin Vandi inadvertently started laying the foundation for Competitive EDGE by starting his own running journey… He set out to run the… Continue reading The Top 5 Reasons Why We Love To Run

Lifestyle Modifications to Help You Sleep Better

It’s time to real-talk for a second: sleep is a non-negotiable aspect of life, and nailing down a solid sleep schedule requires deliberacy and dedication. (Not unlike athletic training, right?) Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of how to make their sleep more deliberate. And though the answers may feel ambiguous, the reality is quite straightforward:… Continue reading Lifestyle Modifications to Help You Sleep Better

ACL Rehabilitation Timeline: Month Nine and Onwards

Okay, athletes. The time has come for another MAJOR milestone in your rehabilitation training… At your 9th month of rehab, you’ll be at just about the lowest point of risk for ACL failure and reinjury! (There’s still, of course, always some risk of injury, but you’ve rehabilitated to a point where your risk levels are… Continue reading ACL Rehabilitation Timeline: Month Nine and Onwards

Choosing a Running Shoe: Common Questions and Answers

Running shoes are a vital piece of running equipment, yet finding the perfect pair for you can be surprisingly… complicated. If you’ve ever searched for the best running shoes, you know exactly what we mean. A simple Google search yields endless results — dozens of brands, various types of shoes, countless modifications. On one hand,… Continue reading Choosing a Running Shoe: Common Questions and Answers

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