What if the evidence is flawed?

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There is a stampede toward evidence-based practice in medicine and sport science, but as I take a step back and look at this I have some very profound concerns. The biggest concern is what if the evidence is flawed? I encourage you to read this article (John P. A. Ioannidis Why Most Published Research Findings Are False https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1182327/ the most downloaded technical paper from the journal PLoS Medicine) and think very critically and in depth before you jump into applying something that is “evidence-based” just because it has statistical significance or the proper P value. You may also want to read: Why Most Clinical Research Is Not Useful http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1002049 The bottom line here is to be an informed skeptic and find the balance between evidence based practice and practice based evidence.

Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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