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Evert Verhagen and Willem van Mechelen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199561629

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199561629.001.0001

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Research designs for descriptive studies

Research designs for descriptive studies

(p.55) Chapter 5 Research designs for descriptive studies
Sports Injury Research

Jennifer Hootman

Oxford University Press

When establishing the extent of the injury problem or, in other words, when describing the magnitude and severity of sports injuries, the researcher is not strictly confined to descriptive epidemiological studies. Although other research designs (e.g. case-control and case-studies) can be employed for this cause as well, these designs provide less reliable and informative data. This chapter shows the differences in study designs and subsequent implications, based upon existing studies.

Keywords:   descriptive studies, magnitude, severity, descriptive epidemiology, prospective cohort

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