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THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS AS THEY SEEM: INAPPROPRIATE USE OF STATISTICS IN SPORTS AND HEALTH RESEARCH

 

ABSTRACT

 

Statistics are sometimes abused in sport and health research. Just as there are many excellent and extremely useful ways to transform data, there are also several techniques that lead to misinformation. Regardless of whether these mistakes are intentional or unintentional, the end result is the same in the sense that it negatively influences clinical practice and the advancement of science. Unfortunately, peer review does not always catch these mistakes. Thus, publication of a manuscript does not guarantee that the data were analyzed properly. Furthermore, these incorrect practices can sometimes be adopted by students and beginning researchers that cite previous work and assume that the technique is acceptable “because previous studies in this area have used it”. The purpose of this paper is to describe some of these practices. It is our hope that this paper will increase awareness of these techniques, and encourage researchers to use their own critical thinking skills.

 

KEY WORDS

 

Statistics, Measurement, Research.

 
Journal of Sport and Health Research - 2009