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.

Research Questions

Research questions

Translating an idea or curiosity one has into a researchable question is a tough task. I am very interested, for example, in non-traditional forms of structural-skeletal-muscular rehabilitation. I read a lot about the Alexander Technique and Structural Integration (Rolfing) methods, and wonder why these techniques, by comparison to chiropractic or Active Release therapy, are not recognised by most health insurance providers as scientifically legitimate (or at least worthy of financial coverage). But how could I transform a general insight or curiosity about this discrepancy into a research question? Ideas for research fly through the heads of faculty members and students on a daily basis. Carefully thinking through an idea and crafting it into a research question, however, takes quite a bit of work. ...

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