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

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An eye-opening, myth-busting exploration of how the human body can best recover and adapt to sports and fitness training

In recent years "recovery" has become a sports and fitness buzzword. Anyone who works out or competes at any level is bombarded with the latest recovery products and services: from drinks and shakes to compression sleeves, foam rollers, electrical muscle stimulators, and sleep trackers.

In Good to Go, acclaimed FiveThirtyEight science writer Christie Aschwanden takes listeners on an entertaining and enlightening tour through this strange world. She investigates whether drinking Gatorade or beer after training helps or hinders performance, she examines the latest trends among athletes-from NFL star Tom Brady's infrared pajamas to gymnast Simone Biles's pneumatic compression boots to swimmer Michael Phelps's "cupping" ritual-and she tests some of the most controversial methods herself, including cryochambers, floatation tanks, and infrared saunas.

At a time when the latest recovery products and services promise so much, Good to Go seeks answers to the fundamental question: do any of them actually help the body recover and achieve peak performance?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684418282
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Christie Aschwanden is the lead writer for science at FiveThirtyEight and 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 lives in Colorado.

Allyson Ryan is a native New Yorker whose diverse talents have led to a career in voice-over, theater, TV, commercials, and films. She won an AudioFile Earphones Award for her recording of On the Divinity of Second Chances by Kaya McLaren. She is also a 2017 Society of Voice Arts and Sciences Voice Arts Award nominee.

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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