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.

Inferential Statistics

Inferential statistics

Lab researchers in sport and exercise sciences never proclaim to me, ‘Mike, I want to do a study of people that has absolutely no value outside of this lab.’ The exercise physiologists, motor skills specialists, and behaviouralists I know hope that their small studies might have a large impact. Scientific research is predicated on the need for theory-based hypothesis testing with applicability of findings (hopefully) beyond the confines of the lab. But ensuring that sample data have meaning beyond the limitations of one study is not the easiest of tasks in all cases. There are, however, designed-based ways of shoring up the external generalisability of scientific research, and statistical ways of testing whether or not one's sample data are indicating something about the ...

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