Stepping on a LEGO brick method used in exercise recovery

When researching her book about recovery for athletes, Christie Aschwanden tried out socks that simulate stepping on a LEGO brick.

Christie Aschwanden is promoting her new book, Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery, which looks at how athletes now seek to improve their recovery rather than just wait for their bodies to heal.

In an interview with The New York Times, the author reveals that one surprising recovery device involved simulating the act of stepping on a LEGO brick:

“I tried these foot beds, which were little slippers that were marketed for recovery. The arch had a Lego-size piece that was motorized, so every minute or every 30 seconds, this little Lego-shaped bit would push on your foot. It was supposed to increase blood flow. I had this moment when the makers were showing this to me and I thought, “Am I being punked here?” I did try them. They were, I guess, a little bit pleasant. It was just kind of weird, and I’m pretty sure they didn’t help recovery at all.”

The uses of LEGO pieces continues to astound…

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Graham was the Editor up until November 2020. He has plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education. Follw Graham on Twitter @grahamh100.

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