This book systematically demonstrates the significance and application of method in plain language.

Written for students, this book contains the core methodological concepts, practices, and debates they need to understand and apply research methods within the field of sport and exercise. It provides a comprehensive panoramic introduction which will reassure and empower its readers.

Written by a leading academic, and drawing on years of teaching experience, it includes carefully cross-referenced entries which critically engage with interdisciplinary themes and data.

Each concept includes:

Clear Definitions; Suggestions for Further Reading; Comprehensive Examples; Practical Applications

Pragmatic, lucid, and concise, the book will provide essential support to students in sport and exercise science, kinesiology, and health.



From the very first day one becomes a researcher until the very last day one collects one or another form of evidence on a subject, issues in epistemology influence one's life. Methods are but a means to an end for better understanding the potential answers of a question we are interested in exploring. Why do so many guys watch sports? What are the most effective means of combating sedentary lifestyles? Does the emotional relationship between a coach and an athlete really affect the athlete's performance? All of these questions call for knowledge in the absence of, or critical reception of, available evidence. But at a much deeper level, before researchers are able to venture out somewhere into the world in a quest for knowledge (qua ...

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