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Erika Hunt and Sandra Short

Objective:

To study athletes perceptions of adhesive ankle taping.

Design:

A qualitative study where athletes were interviewed regarding adhesive ankle taping.

Setting:

The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, USA.

Participants:

Eleven collegiate athletes, all currently taping their ankles, representative of three groups: recent injury, past injury, and no prior injury.

Results:

Taping resulted in feelings of increased confidence, increased strength, and decreased anxiety for injury or reinjury. Differences were found in responses given by the participants in the three groups.

Conclusions:

Taping has a psychological impact on athletes. Athletic trainers should make sure they educate athletes about the uses and functions of adhesive tape.

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Corien Peeters, Hannah Marchand, Heather Tulloch, Ron J. Sigal, Gary S. Goldfield, Stasia Hadjiyannakis and Glen P. Kenny

Background:

Purpose was to examine experiences of obese youth aged 14 to 18 years during their participation in the Healthy Eating, Aerobic, and Resistance Exercise in Youth (HEARTY) randomized controlled exercise trial.

Methods:

A longitudinal qualitative approach was used to investigate youths’ experiences across time points in the trial: 3-weeks (run-in phase; n = 44, 52% males), 3-months (midpoint; n = 25), and 6-months (end of intervention; n = 24). Participants completed telephone interviews on perceived exercise facilitators, barriers, outcomes, and program preferences. Responses were subject to content analyses and are reported as frequencies.

Results:

Participants joined the trial initially to lose weight, but focused more on fitness over time. Exercise behavior was influenced by a sense of achieving results, and by family and peers (ie, supportive comments, transportation). At 6-months, the most commonly perceived changes were improved fitness (50%) and appearance (46%). Suggested changes to the HEARTY trial included initial guidance by a trainer, and more varied and group-based activity.

Conclusions:

Exercise facilitators, barriers and perceived changes in an exercise trial are reported. Access to a gym, initial direction by a trainer, variety, and group-based activities were reported as desired components of an exercise intervention. Findings also point to the importance of involving family and peer supports.

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Trevor Cote, Amy Baltzell and Robert Diehl

how to improve the delivery of the interventions. To date, there have only been a few qualitative studies conducted with MBIs in sport to understand athletes’ perceptions of their experience. In Thompson et al.’s ( 2011 ) 1-year follow-up of recreational athletes (mean age 48) who participated in MSPE

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John N. Singer, Sally Shaw, Larena Hoeber, Nefertiti Walker, Kwame J. A. Agyemang and Kyle Rich

The edited transcript below is from the session on critical conversations about qualitative research at the North American Society of Sport Management (NASSM) conference in Denver, CO, on Friday, June 2, 2017. One of the primary reasons the word critical was included in the title of this session is

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K. Andrew R. Richards and Michael A. Hemphill

While qualitative research has been traditionally discussed as an individual undertaking ( Richards, 1999 ), research reports have in general become increasingly multi-authored ( Cornish, Gillespie, & Zittoun, 2014 ; Hall, Long, Bermback, Jordan, & Patterson, 2005 ), and the field of physical

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Lindsey Brett, Victoria Traynor, Paul Stapley and Shahla Meedya

reversing or slowing the physical decline of individuals living with dementia in nursing homes. To understand why physical exercise levels are low in nursing homes it is important to consider how physical exercise is perceived and whether it is feasible in this setting. Using qualitative methods, a deeper

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Kurtis Pankow, Amber D. Mosewich and Nicholas L. Holt

the CIP leadership styles best described these coaches? and What events and experiences did coaches perceive contributed to the development of their leadership style? Method Parry, Mumford, Bower, and Watts ( 2014 ) suggested that qualitative research approaches may be useful for exploring the

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Gena M. Fletcher, Timothy K. Behrens and Lorie Domina

Background:

Work sites offer a productive setting for physical activity (PA) promoting interventions. Still, PA participation remains low. Thus, the purpose of this study was to examine the reasoning behind commonly reported barriers and enabling factors to participation in PA programs in a work-site setting.

Methods:

Employees from a large city government were recruited to participate in focus groups, stratified by white- and blue-collar occupations. Responses from open-ended questions about factors influencing participation in PA programs were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. Resulting data were analyzed with open and axial coding.

Results:

The sample consisted of 60 employees composing 9 focus groups. Although time was the most common barrier between both groups, white-collars workers responded that scheduling and work conflicts were the most common barrier concerning time. Blue-collar workers indicated shift work as their most common barrier. In addition, health was a significant enabling factor for both occupational categories. White-collar workers were much more concerned with appearances and were more highly motivated by weight loss and the hopefulness of quick results than were blue-collar workers.

Conclusions:

These findings are important in the understanding of PA as it relates to the reasoning behind participation in work-site programs in regard to occupational status.

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Irene Muir, Krista J. Munroe-Chandler and Todd Loughead

qualitative study to examine dancers’ use of imagery. They found that where dancers reported imaging most was at home and in dance settings (e.g., changing room, the studio, while on stage). Similar results were found in a more recent study conducted by Nordin and Cumming ( 2007 ), wherein dancers reported

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Laura J. McGowan, Rachael Powell and David P. French

potential for interventions to reduce sedentary behavior in older adults from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, so that results can be better generalized to the wider older adult population. To inform development of interventions to reduce sedentary behavior in older adults, the use of qualitative methods