Packed full of essential tools and tips, this second edition is your quick-start guide to undertaking research within real world of sport. Using clear, accessible language, Smith maps an easy-to-follow journey through the research process, drawing upon the most up-to-date evidence and resources to help you select the most appropriate research approach for your project. Throughout the book you will discover:  • Key points that highlight important definitions and theories;  • Reflection points to help you make connections between key concepts and your research;  • Learning activities to put your newfound knowledge into practice;  • Further reading to explore the wider context of sport research in the real world. Featuring over thirty-five case studies of students’ and academics’ research in practice, this book is the perfect guide-by-your-side to have during your own sport research.

Selecting an appropriate research strategy

Selecting an appropriate research strategy

 Learning objectives

By linking your understanding of sport in practice to sport-related research examples, this chapter is designed to help you:

  • explain the importance of research strategy selection;
  • describe and define the terms research design and research methods, exploring the range that can be accessed by the researcher;
  • link these key concepts together in a logical and justified manner.


Whether playing a round of golf, identifying the roles members of a team play when under pressure or making a decisive race-winning breakaway, selecting the right strategy will ensure that time and time again the correct preparation will lead to the selection of the most suitable approach and the desired outcome. The research strategy therefore is the logical set of ...

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