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.

The context of sport research

The context of sport research

 Learning objectives

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

  • explain the nature of sport research and describe the characteristics of a scientific approach;
  • outline the building blocks of research and establish which approach would link to particular sport-related research questions;
  • identify the importance of a research strategy to the overall research framework.


Research is the gateway to new discoveries – discoveries such as new technology to improve the speed of a cyclist around a track, novel training programmes to enhance swim start performance or creative initiatives that evaluate children’s enjoyment in sport. Research provides us all with the chance to learn more and acquire new knowledge to ...

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