What if the evidence is flawed?


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.