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.



Have you ever learned a new skill in sport or exercise? Did it feel natural at first? Probably not, unless you are one of those rare and gifted people who take to athletics naturally. For most people, learning how to paddle a canoe, for example, is a strange event. Not until dozens or perhaps hundreds of hours have passed in the canoe will you develop enough practice with paddling before the motion seems natural. Exercise physiologists suggest that it takes anywhere from 4,000 to 10,000 repetitions of a task before enough ‘muscle memory’ sets to make the task comfortable. When the muscles develop certain movement intelligence, the body moves consistently and quite predictably. Novice golfers are certainly envious of professional who have swung clubs ...

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