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Liam D. Harper and Robert McCunn

Recent work has espoused the idea that in applied sporting environments, “fast”-working practitioners should work together with “slow”-working researchers. However, due to economical and logistical constraints, such a coupling may not always be practical. Therefore, alternative means of combining research and applied practice are needed. A particular methodology that has been used in recent years is qualitative research. Examples of qualitative methods include online surveys, 1-on-1 interviews, and focus groups. This article discusses the merits of using qualitative methods to combine applied practice and research in sport science. This includes a discussion of recent examples of the use of such methods in published journal articles, a critique of the approaches employed, and future directions and recommendations. The authors encourage both practitioners and researchers to use and engage with qualitative research with the ultimate goal of benefiting athlete health and sporting performance.

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Craig Hyatt

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Maureen M. Smith

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Pirkko Markula, Bevan C. Grant, and Jim Denison

There has been a notable increase in research on aging and physical activity in recent years. Most of this research derives from the natural sciences, using quantitative methods to examine the consequences of the physically aging body. Although these investigations have contributed significantly to our knowledge, to further understand the complex meanings attached to physical activity we also need social-science research. The article explores how a variety of social scientists (positivisls, postpositivists, interpretive social scientists, critical social scientists, poststructuralists, and postmodernists) who use quantitative and qualitative methods approach physical activity and aging. Through examples from research on aging and physical activity, the authors highlight the differences, possibilities, and limitations of each research approach. Their intention is not to declare one research approach superior to any other but to increase awareness and acceptance of different paradigms and to encourage dialogue between those who study aging and physical activity from a variety of perspectives.

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K. Andrew R. Richards and Michael A. Hemphill

grounded in qualitative methods and data analysis literature (e.g., Glaser & Strauss, 1967 ; Lincoln & Guba, 1985 ; Patton, 2015 ). While some practical guides in the literature provide an overview of data analysis procedures, such as thematic analysis ( Braun & Clarke, 2006 ), and others discuss issues

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Jaime R. DeLuca and Emily Fornatora

responsible and obligated to ensure that students are responding to instructional methods, and this begins with understanding student perceptions of applied learning. Methods Through qualitative methods, this research explored the importance of applied elective courses within undergraduate sport management

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Rebecca M. Steins, Gordon Bloom, and Jeffrey Caron

Journal of Qualitative Methods, 2 ( 2 ), 1 – 13 . 10.1177/160940690300200201 Caron , J.G. , Benson , A.J. , Steins , R. , McKenzie , L. , & Bruner , M.W. ( 2021 ). The social dynamics involved in recovery and return to sport following a sport

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Corliss Bean, Majidullah Shaikh, and Tanya Forneris

strategies used to facilitate program quality in youth sport and (b) explore commonalities and differences in strategies between competitive and recreational programs. Methods A qualitative descriptive methodology was employed, which supports liberty in the choice of qualitative methods, sampling, data

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Nathan Hill, Sonia Fihosy, and Paul M. Camic

  2 . N. Hill, a male researcher with significant golf playing experience, collected all the data for this study. He had experience working alongside PWD and had previous experience utilizing qualitative methods of investigation, including having previously conducted focus group discussions

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Abby Haynes, Catherine Sherrington, Geraldine Wallbank, David Lester, Allison Tong, Dafna Merom, Chris Rissel, and Anne Tiedemann

ingredients of the intervention and theoretical implications. Designing and implementing the most effective interventions requires an in-depth understanding of participants and their contexts. Qualitative methods play an important role in this effort ( Dombrowski et al., 2016 ). They also provide access to