Excerpts — Evidence-Based Practice in Exercise Science
On September 9, 2007, the second week of the 2007-2008 National Football League (NFL) season, the Buffalo Bills were at home for a game with the Denver Broncos. On a routine kickoff, third-year tight end Kevin Everett sprinted down the field and approached the kick returner, Domenik Hixon (Carchidi, 2008).
Reading and interpreting research may be one of the most important tasks of an evidence-based practitioner. It is important to develop the skills necessary to identify the key findings and to disregard the superfluous information.
As discussed earlier in this book, research design is a critical element to answering questions relevant to mechanistic, practical, and clinical science. One of the key aspects of research design is control of all potential confounding factors to eliminate the possibility that the outcomes arising from the intervention (independent variable) were influenced by an external factor.
Charity is a university strength and conditioning coach. Recently, a professor in the school’s exercise physiology program acquired several vibration plates for a planned research study. The vibration plates are housed in the athletic training facility and are available to the athletes.