"Renowned scientists, researchers, and writers Thomas and Nelson have authored a valuable resource for beginning and advanced graduate students and professionals. Research Methods in Physical Activity contains the essential information written in an easily comprehended manner that readers will appreciate. Avoiding an anxiety-laden tone often found in books about research methodologies, the authors instead put readers at ease, then supply them with the requisite tools for reading, conducting, and utilizing research. Research Methods in Physical Activity, unique for its stylistic and inviting presentation, is a book students will both enjoy and understand. Buy two copies: one for professional use and the other to give anyone who has appreciation for scientific methodologies generously laced with intelligent humor. It is rare to find textbook authors who write both competently and with humor as Thomas and Nelson have done!"Darrell Crase, PhDProfessor, The University of Memphis (review of the third edition)
Aimed at students and researchers in sport and exercise science, human movement and sport studies, as well as related fields such as physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Provides an overview of the research process including developing the problem, using the literature, preparing a research plan and understanding ethical issues in research and writing. Offers an introduction to statistical and measurement issues in research. Presents various approaches to research including historical, philosophical, descriptive, epidemiological, experimental and qualitative methods. Contains comprehensive guidance for completing the research process, including writing up results, organising the research paper, developing figures and tables, and presenting research in written and oral forms.