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Is Research on Aging and Physical Activity Really Increasing? A Bibliometric Analysis

Ronnie Lidor, Uri Miller, and Arie Rotstein

In light of the dramatic increase in the older adult population, we analyzed publications on aging and physical activity during the last 3 decades, based on (a) the ratio of the number of publications on aging to the total number of publications and the ratios of (b) the total number of publications on physical activity and aging and (c) the number of such publications in 6 selected journals to the number of publications on physical activity in general. Our findings indicate that few changes have occurred during the last 3 decades with regard to the volume of publication on aging and physical activity. Two conclusions can be reached: (a) The interest of researchers in exercise and sport sciences does not reflect that of society at large concerning older adults, and (b) an in-depth analysis should be conducted to study the periodicals that are published not only in the area of exercise and sport sciences but also in other related areas such as medicine, psychology, and health.

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Physical Activity and Aging Research: A Bibliometric Analysis

Andre Matthias Müller, Payam Ansari, Nader Ale Ebrahim, and Selina Khoo

Physical activity and aging research has burgeoned in the past few decades. However, despite the increase in scholarly publications, no attempts have been made to summarize the publication landscape and identify work that has had great impact on physical activity and aging research. We conducted a bibliometric analysis and collected publication data from 1980 to February 6, 2015, in the Web of Science Core Collection. Of 9,935 publications, most were published after 2007 and almost 60% were in the category of geriatrics and gerontology or sport sciences. Highly cited publications (n = 45) were mostly authored by researchers from US institutions and were quantitative in nature. Publications that reported on the associations between physical activity and health, or effects of physical activity on health, in older adults made up 60% of the highly cited publications. We expect more scholars from various backgrounds and geographical regions to join the conversation on physical activity and aging.

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Scholarly Productivity in Adapted Physical Activity Pedagogy: A Bibliometric Analysis

John O’Connor, Ron French, Claudine Sherrill, and Garth Babcock

The purpose was to determine whether publications pertaining to adapted physical activity (APA) pedagogy in the core serials from 1988 to 1998 adhere to library science laws. A bibliometric analysis was conducted on 770 articles in 259 serials selected from 4,130 serials initially identified in four databases (Article First, ERIC, Medline, Sport Discus). Results indicated that 1,720 authors have constructed the early APA pedagogy literature. Of these, only 11 contributed four or more articles. The scatter of APA pedagogy literature over four zones, with 4, 15, 64, and 176 journals in the zones, respectively, supports Bradford’s law of scattering. Price’s law was not supported because most authors contributed only one article. Most pedagogy articles (n = 184) were published in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, Physician and Sports Medicine, and Palaestra. Graduate education should include exposure to bibliometrics and collaboration with library and information science specialists.

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Vigorously Cited: A Bibliometric Analysis of the 500 Most Cited Physical Activity Articles

Aamir R. Memon, Quyen G. To, and Corneel Vandelanotte

Bibliometric methods allow us to understand research trends, including research focus in a specific field and publication output by a country, institution, author, or journal. 1 , 2 Citation analysis is a type of bibliometric analysis that focuses on most cited papers in a field by quantifying the

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Engaging in Paradigmatic Dialogue: A Bibliometric Analysis of Coaching Scholarship From 1970 to 2020

Sara Campbell, Joseph Mills, Obidiah Atkinson, Brian Gearity, Clayton Kuklick, and Bryan McCullick

and system: A critique of functionalist reason . Beacon Press . Heberger , A.E. , Christie , C.A. , & Alkin , M.C. ( 2010 ). A bibliometric analysis of the academic influences of and on evaluation theorists’ published works . American Journal of Evaluation, 31 ( 1 ), 24 – 44 . https

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Competition: The Heart and Soul of Sport Management

David Shilbury

Understanding competition is central to the task of strategy formulation and implementation and it is the link between competition and strategy that was explored in the 2011 Dr. Earle F. Zeigler Lecture. It was argued that strategy, given its centrality to organizational phenomena, and strategy research in particular, provides rich and diverse competitive contexts with the potential to reveal some of the unique properties of sport management. To ascertain the prevalence of sport-related strategy research, three sport management journals were subject to content analysis to identify published manuscripts related to strategy. Before presenting the results, the Lecture considered competition on and off the field, the origins of competitive behavior in sport management and a brief review of the major research themes in the generic strategic management literature. Results revealed that 20 (2.5%) of the 805 manuscripts published in the three journals were strategy focused. Research themes and contexts were presented as well as a bibliometric analysis of the reference lists of the 20 identified strategy manuscripts. This analysis highlighted the journals that are influencing published sport management strategy-related research. It was concluded that strategy research specific to sport management has been sparse to date, yet the role of strategy formulation is central to the role of management and should also be central to sport management scholarship.

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Kinesiology Review’s Scholarly Influence: An Audit of Its First Decade

Duane Knudson

.A. , & George , S.Z. ( 2011 ). Bibliometric analysis of articles published from 1980 to 2009 in physical therapy, Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association . Physical Therapy, 91 ( 5 ), 642 – 655 . Delgado-López-Cózar , E. , & Cabezas-Clavijo , Á

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Let us Dance Around the World! Toward More Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Research

Mai ChinAPaw and Manou Anselma

: A 30-month bibliometric analysis . Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health, 11 ( 1 ), 92 – 97 . Global status report on road safety 2018 . ( 2018 ). Hamberg , K. ( 2008 ). Gender bias in

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Decisive Moment: A Metric to Determine Success in Elite Karate Bouts

Montassar Tabben, Bianca Miarka, Karim Chamari, and Ralph Beneke

mixed martial arts competition . J Sci Med Sport . 2017 ; 20 ( 3 ): 296 – 301 . PubMed ID: 27569006 doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2016.08.001 27569006 10.1016/j.jsams.2016.08.001 13. Clancy RB , Herring MP , Campbell MJ . Motivation measures in sport: A critical review and bibliometric analysis

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Pragmatic Evaluation of Older Adults’ Physical Activity in Scale-Up Studies: Is the Single-Item Measure a Reasonable Option?

Heather M. Macdonald, Lindsay Nettlefold, Adrian Bauman, Joanie Sims-Gould, and Heather A. McKay

doi:0.1186/s12889-018-6210-2 10.1186/s12889-018-6210-2 Milat , A.J. , Bauman , A.E. , Redman , S. , & Curac , N. ( 2011 ). Public health research outputs from efficacy to dissemination: A bibliometric analysis . BMC Public Health, 11 ( 1 ), 934 . doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-934 10