Be careful with published research

People sometimes judge me as “a bit negative”, “not following blindly”, “sceptical” or “why he’s not saying what I like to hear”; there are many similar drawers to be put in.

The reason for my behavior is quite simple:

The more I know, the less I know, the more questions I have.

2 thoughts on “Be careful with published research

  1. Great post, Boris. I think that video should be required viewing for anyone who will be doing any research, or even just trying to apply research findings.

    The last little bit of the video was interesting to me. Basically, all research is wrong, but it is the best tool we have. So, I guess it pays to be a skeptical consumer.

    The message is similar to one that Seiler presented in a video that i posted. He reviewed a study comparing different ways to structure a periodized training plan. If you look at only the mean changes for the group, there is a slight advantage to one approach, but if you look at the range of outcomes for the whole population, it’s clear that some approaches worked well for some athletes, and others worked better for others. His point was that you have to keep track of your progress and adjust your approach, since there is no “one size fits all” for training.


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