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The quality of research in sports journals.

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Bleakley, C and MacAuley, D (2002) The quality of research in sports journals. British journal of sports medicine, 36 (2). pp. 124-5. [Journal article]

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine the evidence base of sports medicine research. METHODS: A sample of four major journals that present core research in sport and exercise medicine (British Journal of Sports Medicine, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, and Physical Therapy) was examined using assessment criteria taken from the READER method. RESULTS: Randomised controlled trials comprised 10% or less of all original research articles. Observational/descriptive studies were the most commonly published study design. There was a highly significant difference (p<0.0001) in the contents of the four journals but when they were compared by categorising the better quality methods together (randomised control trial, case-control, and cohort studies), the difference was not significant (p = 0.09). CONCLUSIONS: The overall pattern of publication type seems remarkably stable over medical journals, indicating that the quality of sports medicine research is comparable to that in other specialities.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > Ulster Sports Academy
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sports Science and Sports Medicine
ID Code:14790
Deposited By:Dr Chris Bleakley
Deposited On:09 Aug 2010 13:39
Last Modified:09 Nov 2012 12:34

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