Anecdotal evidence that’ll punch you in the face!

I recently read an article regarding the health benefits of consuming raw milk that resulted in some fairly heated debate in the comments section of that particular article. One person was arguing that anecdotal evidence isn’t to be trusted and only evidence coming from research conducted at established institutions is be trusted. Another person, named Tom Hines, replied back and I thought he hit it out of the park. His reply was “Getting punched in the the face hurts, but you’d be hard pressed to find research to tell you that”! Hard to argue against sound logic like that. Love it!

Evidence from both personal anecdotes and from university based research both have their place as both can bring some understanding and clarity to a topic. But here’s the thing, in the real world, where fitness and rehab professionals need to provide valuable products and services in order to entice others to actually pay you a fee, anecdotes are king! When you actually help customers, they tend to be happy about that and will end up attracting you more customers. But when you can’t provide value, you will either lose your business or you’d probably need to resort to unscrupulous means to stay afloat (false advertising, favors from friends in high places, etc.). If you want to be successful, you better have some anecdotal evidence. In fact, the more anecdotal evidence, the better.

Here’s a link to one really cool RESET anecdote from a few years ago (you may have to and paste this link into your browser). This was about 2 years prior to actually having a name for the system. Check out this amazing anecdote! => http://www.collegeinsider.com/madness/oakland.html

Below you will find just a few compelling statistical improvement anecdotes that RESET has helped produce with some of our more elite athletes. We didn’t even need to punch anyone in the face!

Year: 2009
Athlete: Milton Bradley, Chicago Cub

Slugging %
Non-RESET games: .395
Career: .373
RESET games: .800
Improvement: 205%

OBP
Non-RESET games: .395
Career: .453
RESET games: .455
Improvement: 15%

OBS
Non-RESET games: .790
Career: .826
RESET games: 1.255
Improvement: 59%

Batting average
Non-RESET games: .253
Career: .279
RESET games: .400
Improvement: 58%

Years: 2008-2011 (3 seasons)
Team: Valparaiso University Men’s Basketball Team

2009/10
Scoring differential
Non-RESET games (opponent RPI of 170): outscored by 0.9ppg
RESET games (opponent RPI of 171): outscored opponents by 3.9ppg
Improvement: +4.8ppg

Rebounds
Improvement: +1rpg in RESET games

FG%
Improvement: ~+7% in RESET games

FT %
Improvement: ~+18% in RESET games

2008 – 2011 (3 seasons)
Home conference record
Non-RESET games: 8-10 (.444)
RESET games: 9-2 (.818)
Improvement: 84%

Years: 2009-10
Team: Oakland University Men’s Basketball Team

Scoring differential
Non-RESET games (opponent RPI of 245): +10ppg
RESET games (opponent RPI of 188): +14.1ppg
Improvement: +4.1ppg

Rebounds
Improvement: +4.6 in RESET games

FG%
Improvement: ~+7% in RESET games

FT %
Improvement: ~+6% in RESET games

2 thoughts on “Anecdotal evidence that’ll punch you in the face!

  1. Too cool to see the wonders of RESET in action; especially on such a high-profile level. I’m excited to be a part of the RESET wave! The possibilities are limitless when it comes down to it. It takes examples like these that build the character of RESET and remove it from possible “myth” to “reality”.

  2. Very timely blogpost Shawn! I agree that taking someone out of pain and having them see their performance increase is powerful. Having that and additionally anecdotal evidence is dominant! I have some ideas for this!

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