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.

Experimental research strategy

Experimental research strategy

 Learning objectives

By identifying research situations for which an experimental research strategy would be applied, this chapter is designed to help you:

  • grasp the basic concepts that underpin an experimental research strategy and identify the relative merits of this approach;
  • identify how an experimental type and design impact on the validity of research findings;
  • link research design with appropriate data collection and analysis techniques.


For the researcher interested in sporting behaviour and its causes, an experimental research strategy presents an ideal approach. Through observation of the sporting world around us, many research ideas emerge that lend themselves to experiments. By applying the scientific method of inquiry, the experimental strategy enables the researcher to discover the effects of presumed causes. What causes an increase ...

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