Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery

Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery

by Christie Aschwanden


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“Deeply researched and artfully written. . . . A must-read for all athletes.” — Wall Street Journal

Acclaimed science journalist Christie Aschwanden takes readers on an entertaining and enlightening tour through the latest science on sports and fitness recovery. She investigates claims about sports drinks, chocolate milk, and “recovery” beer; examines the latest recovery trends; and even tests some for herself, including cryotherapy, foam rolling, and Tom Brady– endorsed infrared pajamas. Good to Go seeks an answer to the question: Do any of these things actually help the body recover and achieve peak performance?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393254334
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 105,436
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Christie Aschwanden is an award-winning science journalist. She was the lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight for many years and is a former health columnist for the Washington Post. A finalist for the National Magazine Award, her writing has appeared in Outside, Discover, Smithsonian, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She’s also co-host of Emerging Form, a podcast about the creative process. She was a high school state champion in the 1,600-meter run, a national collegiate cycling champion, and an elite cross-country skier with Team Rossignol. She lives and occasionally still races in western Colorado.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Just-So Science 11

2 Be Like Mike 32

3 The Perfect Fuel 55

4 The Cold War 80

5 Flushing the Blood 102

6 Calming the Senses 121

7 The Rest Cure 139

8 Selling Snake Oil 160

9 Losing Your Zoom 185

10 The Magic Metric 203

11 Hurts So Good 233

Conclusion 251

Acknowledgments 257

Notes 261

Index 287

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