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.

A mixed-research approach to sport

A mixed-research approach to sport

 Learning objectives

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

  • explain how a mixed-research strategy can be an effective approach to sport research;
  • describe uses of the mixed-research approach to sport and show how different research methods can be used in combination;
  • appreciate the associated strengths and weaknesses of a mixed approach to research.


Research into sport offers a multitude of opportunities that are diverse in topic and broad in approach. As has been covered so far in this book, a number of research strategies and associated research methods exist that allow for the exploration and explanation of sporting behaviour from a range of perspectives. These could be ...

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