S3 EPISODE 19 - The New Science of Recovery: Evidence-Based Strategies w/ Christie Aschwanden

In Season 3, Episode 19 Dr. Bubbs interviews Christie Aschwanden, author of Good To Go and former lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight and health columnist for the Washington Post. In this episode, Christie shares her insights on old-school applications of iceing and inflammation, if stretching is really a recovery essential, how cryotherapy holds up to the hype, and the role of placebo in recovery. She also talks about the importance of rituals in sport, big data and recovery metrics, how life stress impacts recovery, the new concept of periodized recovery and much more.

Summary of This Episode

1:00 – Where Christie’s interest in recovery comes from?

4:30 – DOMS and downhill running

8:00 – Beer and recovery

12:00 – Science and understanding the world

15:15 – Iceing, inflammation and recovery

19:15 -  The ritual in sport and recovery

23:30 – Periodized recovery – what it is and how it works

26:00 – Big data and recovery metrics

29:00 – How life stress impacts recovery

Link to Christie’s Book

GOOD TO GO: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn From the Strange Science of Recovery 

About Christie Aschwanden

Christie Aschwanden is the former lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight and was previously a health columnist for The Washington PostChristie is a frequent contributor to The New York Times. She’s also been a contributing editor for Runner’s World and a contributing writer for BicyclingHer work appears in dozens of publications, including DiscoverSlateConsumer Reports,  New Scientist,  More,  Men’s JournalMother Jones, NPR.org, Smithsonian and O, the Oprah Magazine.