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.

Visual Methods

Visual methods

Researchers spend dozens, hundreds, and in some cases thousands of hours studying a topic of interest. We then wade through reams of empirical data, scores of personal accounts, a dizzying number of recorded events, and try to make some sort of academic sense of what we have observed. At the end of the process, we magically reduce so much evidence from the world into a few representative statistics, or extract and showcase several typical excerpts from interview transcripts into written reports. We are highly skilled experts in transforming the physical, social and the ideological into neatly written texts. But for many researchers, ‘seeing’ is believing. A growing number of researchers in sport, exercise and health fields actively use visual aids, visual data ...

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