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.

Systematic review research strategy

Systematic review research strategy

 Learning objectives

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

  • identify the value of a systematic literature review strategy and place it into context using a range of sport-related research examples;
  • understand how systematic reviews are planned, conducted and reported;
  • recognise the research methods that systematic reviews require.


Systematic literature reviews in the field of sport, exercise and health have increasingly replaced traditional narrative reviews and literature commentaries as a way of summarising the growing body of research evidence. The use of such a research strategy among students is typically uncommon primarily due to a lack of familiarity with this research approach, the perceived complexity and the lack of procedural ...

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