Critical thinking

Tracking the trivial

Credit where you can find it Estimated Reading Time: 2 min, 36 sec Awareness of the importance of physical activity (PA) for health and wellbeing has ballooned thanks to various public health initiatives. That appreciation for the value of PA has however rarely translated into action, as levels of inactivity in most populations have remained …

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How can that be? Things that don’t add up.

Puzzling challenges of placebos Estimated Reading Time: 3 min, 59 sec As noted last blog, there is mounting evidence that placebos seem to defy traditional reasoning by somehow producing meaningful results. In their systematic review, Hurst et al. (2020) found a small to moderate (around 5%) placebo benefit for sport performance. Given that even a …

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The blue cream will stop muscle soreness…

Adventures with placebos Estimated Reading Time: 4 min, 10 sec Over my career I’ve thoughtlessly disparaged hundreds of gadgets, exercises, training techniques, supplements and suggested superfoods – discounting all as simply placebos. I’ve done this when the science and logic seemed shonky, but without really knowing much about, or appreciating the complexity of placebos. I …

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What do we trust? Finding and evaluating information.

3090 words (that’s a lot!) : estimated reading time: 15 mins, 27 secs. A guide There are arguably many ways that personal research could be done; I’ve tried to approach this from an exercise professional’s perspective. Hopefully, some or all of this information will be helpful in some way. You may want to skip over the …

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