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Old 08-25-2011, 12:35 AM   #1
Michael Korczowski
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Default Which academic journals are worth following?

I'm looking to get serious and school myself about fitness training.

I've put together a nice big list of books that I want to get through, but was wondering if there are any academic journals out there with a good signal to noise ratio.

which ones consistently publish the most useful information?
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Old 08-25-2011, 06:54 AM   #2
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"Useful" has to be taken in context.

The issue with so many published studies are:

1. Inappropriate population (i.e. untrained college students)
2. Funding by group with interest in outcome
3. Statistical analysis couched in a lot of obscure language to obscure the results.

Look at the debacle with regards to The China Study, and how certain correlations were publicized and certain correlations were not.

Unless you are in a research field, or have a bit of a jones for the research, most scientific journals are essentially worthless to someone just interested in training.
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:20 AM   #3
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Journals occasionally have good studies, but generally they have mostly worthless stuff along the lines of what Shaf is talking about.

The only thing I might recommend is Alan Aragon's research review:

But yeah...

It's better to learn stuff from coaches who put out articles. For example, look around the web for stuff people like Dan John, Eric Cressey, Mike Robertson, Bret Contreras, etc. people put out because they contain useful information about training, especially with athletes or injuries in a lot of cases.

T-nation actually has had a good rash of articles in the past few months. Just check out some of the authors sites and they should have lists of articles they've written that are very good.
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:32 AM   #4
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Apprenticing yourself to someone good is probably tops.
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:17 AM   #5
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:38 AM   #6
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Andrew: Can you list changes made to your training, or to other athletes training that are directly attributable to that organization?

Not being snide, just curious.
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