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Research pours cold water on ice bath recovery theory

If the thought of a post workout ice bath is enough to make you shiver, new research from QUT and The University of Queensland (UQ) will warm your heart. The comprehensive study found cold water immersion after strength training hindered muscle adaptation -- pouring cold water on the long-held theory that an ice bath helps speed up recovery. Dr Llion Roberts, from UQ's School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, and Dr Jonathan Peake, from QUT's School of Biomedical Sciences, led the research, with colleagues from the Queensland Academy of Sport, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, The University of Auckland and University of Oslo. Dr Tony Shield, from QUT's School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, was also a co-investigator in the study. The research has been published in The Journal of Physiology. The first part of the study asked 21 physically active men to undertake strength training two days a week for 12 weeks.

From Learning Factory to Learning Garden

At heart, education is all about empowerment of people. It is widely understood that learning is a product of passion and not test taking. Society would have to embrace a more difficult educational model. Schools would become facilitators of passion instead of directors of course material. Their efforts would be unmeasurable by current standards, since individual passion can’t be standardized. The only measurement of any importance would be happiness, achievements, and sense of fulfillment of graduates over time. But, our educational system ruled out empowerment, like Marty Neumeier describes. Instead of teaching us to create, it’s taught us to copy, memorize, obey and keep score. Pretty much the same qualities we look for in machines. learning how to learn Our school system is built on the belief that education is a form of programming. But people don’t belong to education. The unspoken agreement is that a certain level of performance is adequate and will be