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    Book Review: In Evidence We Trust by Jamie Hale

    Jamie's blog
    Buy the book here
    Read Jamie's blog entry on the book here
    Review by Joy Victoria here

    I really loved Jamie's book. Like many other people, I am so used to instant-information and rapid online data that I have lost the mental habits of sitting down and reading a book cover to cover continuously. The structure of this book really lends itself well to being digested in small bits as you go along, and he covers important topics in several different ways which helps with retention.

    The book is structured into four chapters:
    1. The need for science and statistics

    2. The need for rationality

    3. Research methods and statistics FAQ


    Jamie has a great grasp of the literature in rational thinking and critical thinking. He cites a key group of researchers in these areas whose work deserves more attention from all of us.
    This book could also be called Why and How to Make Good Decisions - because that's exactly what it helps you do.

    Chapter one covers important concepts about the structure of the scientific approach to knowledge and why using that structure consistently leads to better and more accurate judgements about what is true in the world. This is presented in small chunks with explanations, interviews, quote excerpts, and practical examples. Not just a block of text, the whole book is broken up into readable blocks shorter than a traditional book chapter and that is usable as a reference also.

    Chapter two is what I found most interesting, as it dives into what we mean when talk about rationality and how Rationality is different than Intelligence. This was by far the most interesting part of the book for me. If you have a basic grasp of the scientific method and statistics already, and you understand research design, then the price of the book is worth it for this material alone.

    Chapter three is an FAQ on research design and methods. This is also presented in short blocks that you can scan and use as a reference in the future.

    There are quotes and excerpts in here from researchers and writers in these areas as well as from prominent names in strength and conditioning and coaching who you might recognize - including Bret Contreras, Brad Schoenfeld, Alan Aragon, and Lars Avemarie.

    If you are new to science and evidence based practice and you are looking for a book to help get you started, this is a great option.
    If you are familiar with statistics and research design, and with the structure of the scientific method, this book is an outstanding introduction to the concept of rationality and how you use that research and methods to make better decisions.

    I highly recommend this for everyone.
    Great work Jamie Hale on a book that everyone can learn from, on topics that are more important than ever.
    Jason Silvernail DPT, DSc, FAAOMPT
    Board-Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
    Fellowship-Trained in Orthopedic Manual Therapy

    Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist


    The views expressed in this entry are those of the author alone and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the US Government.

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    Hi Jason!

    Christopher Glaeser mentioned that you might be writing an article for the Freelap/SimpliFaster blog.

    That is outstanding!

    There are some very important issues that coaches struggle with, such as trigger points being cooled down and scar tissue being broken up via things like massage and foam rolling.

    Large foam rollers are now becoming a key part of both warm-up and post practice recovery in many high school athletic programs.

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