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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A New York Times Sports and Fitness Bestseller

“The definitive tour through a bewildering jungle of…claims that compose a multibillion-dollar recovery industry.” —David Epstein, best-selling author of The Sports Gene

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?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393357714
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/18/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 246,943
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Christie Aschwanden is an award-winning science journalist. She’s cohost of the podcast Emerging Form, a contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, and Slate, and was previously lead science writer for FiveThirtyEight. A National Magazine Award finalist and former elite athlete, she lives in 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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