The Competitive Edge: Trend vs. Truth in Sports Training and Recovery


Feb 13, 2019
06:00 PM until 07:30 PM


From professional athletes to weekend warriors, athletes are always looking for that extra edge—not just during training but throughout the recovery process. From simple techniques like carb-loading and hydration to more advanced practices like cryotherapy and electrical muscle stimulation, athletes are looking to science to stay at the peak of physical performance. 

Christie Aschwanden, a leading science and health writer for FiveThirtyEight and The Washington Post, joins Franklin Institute’s Dr. Rachel Valletta in examining the science behind sports medicine. Aschwanden’s latest book, Good to Go, focuses on her research into the science, psychology, and business underlying popular—and sometimes baseless—medical practices. Which ones are supported by evidence, which have a placebo effect, and which could actually cause harm? 

Whether you prefer to be on the field or in the stands, join us in this compelling conversation about the truth behind the trends.

Dr. Rachel Valletta, Environmental Scientist, The Franklin Institute

Featured Guest: 
Christie Aschwanden 

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