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Single-subject research designs and data analyses for assessing elite athletes’ conditioning

Kinugasa, Taisuke, Cerin, Ester and Hooper, Sue 2004, Single-subject research designs and data analyses for assessing elite athletes’ conditioning, Sports medicine, vol. 34, no. 15, pp. 1035-1050.

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Title Single-subject research designs and data analyses for assessing elite athletes’ conditioning
Author(s) Kinugasa, Taisuke
Cerin, Ester
Hooper, Sue
Journal name Sports medicine
Volume number 34
Issue number 15
Start page 1035
End page 1050
Total pages 16
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2004-12
ISSN 0112-1642
1179-2035
Summary Research in conditioning (all the processes of preparation for competition) has used group research designs, where multiple athletes are observed at one or more points in time. However, empirical reports of large inter-individual differences in response to conditioning regimens suggest that applied conditioning research would greatly benefit from single-subject research designs. Single-subject research designs allow us to find out the extent to which a specific conditioning regimen works for a specific athlete, as opposed to the average athlete, who is the focal point of group research designs. The aim of the following review is to outline the strategies and procedures of single-subject research as they pertain to the assessment of conditioning for individual athletes. The four main experimental designs in single-subject research are: the AB design, reversal (withdrawal) designs and their extensions, multiple baseline designs and alternating treatment designs. Visual and statistical analyses commonly used to analyse single-subject data, and advantages and limitations are discussed. Modelling of multivariate single-subject data using techniques such as dynamic factor analysis and structural equation modelling may identify individualised models of conditioning leading to better prediction of performance. Despite problems associated with data analyses in single-subject research (e.g. serial dependency), sports scientists should use single-subject research designs in applied conditioning research to understand how well an intervention (e.g. a training method) works and to predict performance for a particular athlete.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055874

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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