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New book asserts exercise 'recovery' is mostly bogus

Health journalist Christie Aschwanden dishes the dirt on the dubious science backing most of the fads of the past decade.

Published Thu, Feb 14, 2019 · 09:50 PM
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WHEN health journalist Christie Aschwanden was travelling the world as a competitive ski racer in the 1990s and 2000s, recovery between training sessions basically meant doing nothing - taking a day to sleep in or lie around with a good book.

About a decade ago, she noticed something had changed: recovery became a thing athletes actively performed - with foam rollers, cryotherapy, or cupping - as part of their training routines. These recovery tools were heavily marketed to athletes, including amateur ones, as a means to boost performance and bust muscle aches.

In a new book, Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery, Ms Aschwanden walks through all the biggest recovery fads of the past decade - and exposes the shoddy science backing most of them.

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