When investigating the diverse, complex and changing contemporary field of sport, we recognize there is no methodology that meets the needs of all sport. Sport researchers should take advantage of innovative approaches from other fields to explore emerging phenomena or innovatively advance scholarly sport research approaches. For example, technology, globalization and commercialization may be the principal trends, but they are not the only trends, Sport researchers have the opportunity to study other trends, including the modernization of sport organizations, changing governance practices, regulatory changes, innovation, merchandising, media and broadcasting technologies, socio demographic influences (i.e. aging populations, change in employment patterns, increasing diversity), sport for development, physical activity and sport participation changes. As such, this book introduces innovative research methods and approaches can be applied to the sport discipline.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Sport in Society.
Introduction: New problems, new challenges: embracing innovative approaches to sport research 1. Using qualitative methodology to better understand why females experience barriers to regular participation in adventure sport in Scotland 2. Stories and stakeholders: how to explore the paradox of commercialism in sports 3. Opportunities to interpret: a methodological discussion of insider research, perceptions of the researcher, and knowledge production 4. Finding the missing voices of Sport for Development and Peace (SDP): using a ‘Participatory Social Interaction Research’ methodology and anthropological perspectives within African developing countries 5. Negotiating insider–outsider status in ethnographic sports research 6. Social validation: a motivational theory of doping in an online bodybuilding community 7.Valuing the lived experience: a phenomenological study of skiing 8. Doing descriptive phenomenological data collection in sport psychology research 9.Understanding implementation and change in complex interventions. From single- to multi-methodological research on the promotion of youths’ participation in physical education 10. Using transdisciplinary research to examine talent identification and development in sport 11. A mixed methods approach to compare elite sport policies of nations. A critical reflection on the use of composite indicators in the SPLISS study 12. Event history analysis of longitudinal data: a methodological application to sport sponsorship 13. A case study of Twitter as a research tool