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
About Christie Aschwanden
Christie Aschwanden is the former lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight and was previously a health columnist for The Washington Post. Christie 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 Bicycling. Her work appears in dozens of publications, including Discover, Slate, Consumer Reports, New Scientist, More, Men’s Journal, Mother Jones, NPR.org, Smithsonian and O, the Oprah Magazine.