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The Mere Mortals Guide to
Understanding Research

Reading a research paper can be intimidating, what with all the radar graphs, foot long mathematical equations and bizarre expressions such as "statistical significance." Itís almost as if the authors are daring you to understand what they are talking about.

If you donít have a Ph.D. in physical science and want to learn an easy way to read and understand research that applies to the field of coaching and physical education, then your bookshelf needs a copy of Research Methods in Physical Activity by J. Thomas, J. Nelson, and S. Silverman (published by Human Kinetics, humankinetics.com).

However most all around athletes need to keep accelerating beyond the first few steps and maintain the speed achieved for longer distances. For these aspects of speed BFS has specific training equipment to keep you ahead of the competition.

Now in its fifth edition, this surprisingly readable textbook painlessly (and often with humor) guides the reader through the research process and shows how to interpret the results. Unquestionably, Research Methods in Physical Activity is a must-have book for anyone involved in physical and athletic fitness.



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