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

Why Athletes Need Rest Days: The Benefits of Optimal Recovery Periods

For most athletes, devoting time to rest and recovery is like balancing a checkbook…you know it’s important, but it’s hard to appreciate the value.  Spending money is fun and exciting only if you have the money to spend, just like crushing a hard workout is fun and rewarding only if you have the energy reserves… Continue reading Why Athletes Need Rest Days: The Benefits of Optimal Recovery Periods

Run Training Overview: How to Approach the Most Common Race Distances

“You need more power!” “No, you need to run faster!” “What’s a tempo? Do I need to do those tempo things if I’m doing the marathon?” “How many miles do I need to run a half marathon?” “Are intervals and repeats the same thing?” These are all questions every competitive runner (or intrigued would-be-runner) have… Continue reading Run Training Overview: How to Approach the Most Common Race Distances

The Rate of Detraining: How Fast Do You Lose Muscular Strength and Aerobic Endurance?

When it comes to the fitness gains you make, wouldn’t it be great if any forward progress were permanent? Once you hit that PR, you’d never fail it again. Once you ran your perfect 5k time, the only place to go would be forward – no fear of slipping back and losing precious seconds. Only,… Continue reading The Rate of Detraining: How Fast Do You Lose Muscular Strength and Aerobic Endurance?

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

Ice Hockey Biomechanics: How to Skate Faster and Avoid Injury

There’s no doubt that data is becoming a bigger and bigger part of our lives. It’s easier than ever to get access to information you previously had to visit a medical or lab setting to obtain. From quantifying the number of steps you take in a day to tracking your heart rate, health data is… Continue reading Ice Hockey Biomechanics: How to Skate Faster and Avoid Injury

Benefits of Running in the Morning: What Your Body Needs for Success

Some of us are early birds, while others are night owls. Whether you feel more productive in the morning or do your best work after the sun has set, we all tend to question when we should work out.  With health advice that runs the gamut and is as polarizing as it is helpful, it’s… Continue reading Benefits of Running in the Morning: What Your Body Needs for Success

Hydration and Working Out: An Athlete’s Guide to Water, Electrolytes, and Optimum Performance

When the body is consistently in a happy state of hydration, life is good. Your skin is clearer, you have more energy, and your workout performance is solid. Your hair might even be shinier.  It seems so simple. Yet, proper hydration is one of the biggest training puzzles for a lot of high-performance athletes —… Continue reading Hydration and Working Out: An Athlete’s Guide to Water, Electrolytes, and Optimum Performance

Shoulder Instability: An Athlete’s Guide Explaining Why Your Performance is Suffering – Part II Anatomy and Where Treatment goes Wrong

            In the previous blog, I shared the story of my teammate’s experience with multi-directional shoulder instability, explained the types of shoulder instability and how they can present, and discussed who is likely to suffer from shoulder instability. In part two of this series, we will dive deeper into the anatomy of shoulder instability and… Continue reading Shoulder Instability: An Athlete’s Guide Explaining Why Your Performance is Suffering – Part II Anatomy and Where Treatment goes Wrong

Shoulder Instability: An Athlete’s Guide Explaining Why Your Performance is Suffering – Part I Epidemiology

            It was the fourth inning and our starting pitcher was starting to give up multiple hits and already at a high pitch count due to the other team’s patience at the plate. I was standing at short stop wondering how we were going to stop the bleeding and feeling helpless because nothing was coming… Continue reading Shoulder Instability: An Athlete’s Guide Explaining Why Your Performance is Suffering – Part I Epidemiology

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