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.

Case study research strategy

Case study research strategy

 Learning objectives

By identifying research situations in which a case study research strategy would be applied, this chapter is designed to help you:

  • review the characteristics of a case study research strategy;
  • identify the key phases of the case study approach;
  • understand how case study protocols may be prepared;
  • appreciate how case study reports may be organised to communicate research findings in a clear and coherent way.


Studying single or multiple cases in depth provides the researcher with an enriched perspective of an individual, group, programme, organisation or community. By exploring how a case study approach to research can be applied effectively to sport, this chapter provides a guide to the characteristics of the case study strategy. Examining the various types of ...

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