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UNTANGLING THE TANGLED: A Practitioner’s Guide to Evaluating and Understanding Research

Kilpatrick, Marcus Ph.D.; Green, Matt Ph.D.

doi: 10.1249/01.FIT.0000413043.30989.ea

LEARNING OBJECTIVES • Review concepts associated with research design and data interpretation in health and fitness journals.

• Develop a strategy for extracting the important aspects of health and fitness research.

Reading and interpreting research in health and fitness journals can be challenging, but effective command of the scientific literature allows practitioners to serve their population with confidence and excellence.

Marcus Kilpatrick, Ph.D., is an associate professor of exercise science in the School of Physical Education and Exercise Science at the University of South Florida. His education is in the areas of nutrition, kinesiology, and health education. His research interests include physical activity motivation, perceived exertion, and mood.

Matt Green, Ph.D., is an associate professor of exercise science in the Department of Physical Education at the University of North Alabama. His education is in physical education and exercise science. His research interests include thermoregulation in exercise and perceived exertion.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

© 2012 American College of Sports Medicine.