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

Sleep Phases and the Architecture of a Good Night’s Sleep

We all know the basic gist of sleep: what it is, what it feels like, and why it’s good. But most of us don’t dig much deeper than that baseline knowledge. Which is exactly what we’re here to remedy! In this second installment of our sleep series, we’re diving into the different phases of sleep.… Continue reading Sleep Phases and the Architecture of a Good Night’s Sleep

Train Smarter: Why External Feedback is Essential for Effective Training

You’ve probably heard the phrase “work smarter, not harder.” The idea is simple: if there’s a more efficient or effective way to get from point A to point B, you should do it, rather than wasting time and energy on an inefficient method. The concept is often embraced in the business world where innovation is… Continue reading Train Smarter: Why External Feedback is Essential for Effective Training

Building a Strong Mental Game: The Power of Visualization for Athletes

The most famous story on the effects of visualization tells of a soldier held captive during the Vietnam War. While he was in captivity, he maintained his sanity and passed the time by mentally playing 18 holes of golf every day. He walked a familiar golf course every day, feeling the sun on his back… Continue reading Building a Strong Mental Game: The Power of Visualization for Athletes

New Year’s Goals: Why Most Resolutions Fail and How to Make Yours Stick

88% of new year’s resolutions fail. By the third week of January, more than 50% of people have fallen off their chosen wagons, and by the time February rolls around, fewer than 30% are still at it. Despite the best of intentions and all the enthusiasm in the world, there are still a lot of… Continue reading New Year’s Goals: Why Most Resolutions Fail and How to Make Yours Stick

The Role of Gratitude in Sports Performance

There’s a multitude of research and psychological study about the power of the mind in athletic performance. Researchers have examined visualization techniques, the attitude of successful athletes, and how the mind can trip us up in our quest for success. Sports psychology is a booming field, and it’s becoming more and more common for coaching… Continue reading The Role of Gratitude in Sports Performance

Perception of Strength Training for Women

          Recently, a few of my female patients have expressed their concerns with going to the weight room. I wanted to write a blog this week on overcoming these thoughts and preconceived notions that the weight room is not a place for women. I also wanted to create a safe place… Continue reading Perception of Strength Training for Women

The Habit of Hesitation

How many times have you taken a look at your workout clothes, running shoes, swim goggles, or exercise band for rehab exercises and had every intention of taking care of your body… …but 5 seconds later you find yourself sitting on the couch, checking Facebook, or taking another sip of coffee? If you’re human, then… Continue reading The Habit of Hesitation

The New England Patriots, Grit, And Overcoming Injury

Have you ever felt down and out with an injury that just won’t go away…has the medical community advised you to “change sports” or stop all together, have you tried different treatments without success and feel overwhelmed with what to do next… …And what about when everybody else has counted you out of the game…and the… Continue reading The New England Patriots, Grit, And Overcoming Injury

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