Now that you know how reporters can discuss study results incorrectly, and the flaws researchers themselves make, here are some thoughts on how to better digest research results and decide whether they have a role in modifying your training approaches.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, reporters often make critical errors in reporting the results of studies, which can lead to bad decisions in the design of your training plans. However, what’s more dangerous is that even the scientists often have errors in their study, some of which are not fully disclosed. Here are specific issues to watch out for.
Now that we understand why studies are so important to runners, this post focuses on how the reporting of study results can go so wrong so frequently. This, in turn, can help us be smarter consumers of study results as we plan our fitness and diet regimes.
Study results can be very influential in shaping trends in a given field, and this is particularly true in health-related topics like running. Therefore, the quality of studies matters, and here is why.