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.



Every once in a while my telephone rings at around 6:30pm and I cringe. I'm never expecting a call from my mother, workmate or a friend at that time. Perhaps foolishly, I pick up the phone and sheepishly say, ‘hello’. On the other end of the line is normally a young woman who immediately says, ‘Hi there, sir, I am from Company X, and I was wondering if you had a few minutes to answer some questions we have for you about your [household needs of some sort].’ Why am I so stupid, and answer the phone every time! But then I quickly remember that she and I are not so different. We are both just researchers trying to gather empirical information about a subject ...

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