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dc.contributor.authorAnguera, M. Teresa
dc.contributor.authorCamerino Foguet, Oleguer
dc.contributor.authorCastañer Balcells, Marta
dc.contributor.authorSánchez-Algarra, Pedro
dc.contributor.authorOnwuegbuzie, Anthony J.
dc.description.abstractMixed methods studies are been increasingly applied to a diversity of fields. In this paper, we discuss the growing use—and enormous potential—of mixed methods research in the field of sport and physical activity. A second aim is to contribute to strengthening the characteristics ofmixedmethods research by showing how systematic observation offers rigor within a flexible framework that can be applied to a wide range of situations. Observational methodology is characterized by high scientific rigor and flexibility throughout its different stages and allows the objective study of spontaneous behavior in natural settings, with no external influence. Mixed methods researchers need to take bold yet thoughtful decisions regarding both substantive and procedural issues. We present three fundamental and complementary ideas to guide researchers in this respect: we show why studies of sport and physical activity that use a mixed methods research approach should be included in the field of mixed methods research, we highlight the numerous possibilities offered by observational methodology in this field through the transformation of descriptive data into quantifiable code matrices, and we discuss possible solutions for achieving true integration of qualitative and quantitative findings.ca_ES
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors gratefully acknowledge the support of two Spanish government projects (Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad): (1) La actividad física y el deporte como potenciadores del estilo de vida saludable: Evaluación del comportamiento deportivo desde metodologías no intrusivas [Grant number DEP2015-66069-P, MINECO/FEDER, UE]; (2) Avances metodológicos y tecnológicos en el estudio observacional del comportamiento deportivo [PSI2015-71947- REDP, MINECO/FEDER, UE]. In addition, the authors thank the support of the Generalitat de Catalunya Research Group, GRUP DE RECERCA I INNOVACIÓ EN DISSENYS (GRID). Tecnología i aplicació multimedia i digital als dissenys observacionals [Grant number 2014 SGR 971]. Lastly, MA and PS-A also acknowledge the support of University of Barcelona (Vice-Chancellorship of Doctorate and Research Promotion), and OC and MC gratefully acknowledge the support of INEFC (National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia).ca_ES
dc.publisherFrontiers Mediaca_ES
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dc.relation.ispartofFrontiers in Psychology, 2017, vol. 8, núm. 2196, p.1-13ca_ES
dc.rightscc-by (c) Anguera et al., 2017ca_ES
dc.subjectSystematic observationca_ES
dc.subjectQualitative recording transformationca_ES
dc.subjectQualitative-quantitative integrationca_ES
dc.subjectQualitative-quantitative symmetryca_ES
dc.titleThe specificity of observational studies in physical activity and sports sciences: moving forward in mixed methods research and proposals for achieving quantitative and qualitative symmetryca_ES

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