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

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Both a sports journalist and competitive athlete Aschwanden is uniquely situated to critique the various methods that most people use to recover. From Gatorade to Rest with all of the trendy interventions in-between she highlights the lengths and expense that people go through to get better. Recovery is often glossed over in the health arena unless you’re a professional athlete. They get the best of the best. The rest of us need to know our own baselines and ask questions of our care givers. This book will make you shake your head and ask questions. ~Dianne

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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 readers 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' pneumatic compression boots to swimmer Michael Phelps's "cupping" ritual; and she tests some of the most controversial methods herself, including cryochambers, float 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?

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780393254334
ISBN-10: 039325433X
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: February 5th, 2019
Pages: 312
Language: English