Lost in translation – getting your sport science research message across

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Abstract

A common view in sport science is that the research process reaches its end at acceptance of an article for publication. In parallel with this view, authors sometimes overlook the notion that the most important outcomes are dissemination and implementation of research results. The priority should be answering relevant questions that affect real people in a given clinical, sporting or community context [1]. Therefore, careful crafting of research questions and scientific rigour to conduct projects are merely a means of obtaining trustworthy and evidence based outcomes to advance sports performance. However, the conceptually simple translation between quality research and the subsequent implementing of the practical applications is often disrupted along the way. This breakdown in the process is often a consequence of ineffective communication between sport scientists and the end beneficiaries of the research - the coaches and athletes. Assuming sport scientists conduct research that addresses relevant questions, maximising the gains of new knowledge for coaches and athletes centres on effective communication and a translation strategy. The challenge for sport scientists is to translate their research outcomes into practical strategies that benefit sport performance or exercise outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSport Science: current and future trends for performance optimization
EditorsPedro Morouço, Hideki Takagi, Ricardo J. Fernandes
Place of PublicationPortugal
PublisherPolytechnic Institute of Leiria
Chapter1
Pages10-23
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9789898797193
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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