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Adventures in R: A Function for Basic Data Screening in R

Note: I’m using my dissertation as an excuse to learn R. I’m going to put out some of my code for others to peruse/use/improve/correct. Hopefully we can all learn a little bit from it. If you do use it or change it, please let me know in the comments what you did so I can learn too! Most statistics that you are going to run rely on a number of assumptions about your data. One … Read more

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Adventures in R: A Function for Test-Retest Reliability for Two Variables in R

Note: I’m using my dissertation as an excuse to learn R. I’m going to put out some of my code for others to peruse/use/improve/correct. Hopefully we can all learn a little bit from it. If you do use it or change it, please let me know in the comments what you did so I can learn too! I have a lot of variables to dig through for data collection, and of course, it is vastly … Read more

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Adventures in R: Experiences with my Dissertation

Well, it has now been 6 months that I have been using R “regularly”. I set out from the beginning to learn R, and since the last time I attempted it, I need to make sure that I had external reasons for needing to learn it. To do that I told myself that I wouldn’t touch any statistical software that I had used previously (SPSS, SAS, MiniTab). This put me in the position that I … Read more

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Athlete Monitoring via Google Forms

There is some really awesome information to be had via regular surveying of athletes (aka athlete monitoring). You can get a very quick snapshot of how an athlete is feeling, responding to training (via markers of mood, sleep etc), and any other variables you might be interested in.  However, it is often difficult to get all of the information down quickly and efficiently.  Many people have used paper and pencil surveys, then entered data by … Read more

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Athlete Monitoring via Google Forms – Part 2 – Variables

Note: This is a continuation of information from part 1 (read it first if you haven’t yet). We have had a very successful run of using Google Forms for athlete monitoring so far. The total fill-out time seems to run about 2 minutes, not including quiet sitting for some of stuff we test. We are also able to get some fairly useful information out of it that has helped us to stay on top of how … Read more

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Cool Tools You Should Be Using: Google Scholar Button

As I understand it Google Scholar is one of the most widely used research databases out there. There are certainly alternatives from other companies, like Web of Science or Scopus, but I don’t think the competitors have the breadth or depth that Google Scholar has. Google itself is a web search behemoth, so it isn’t terribly surprising that when it decided to put skin in the research indexing game, it would also dominate. Yes, sport science … Read more

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Endnote

I wanted to take a quick second to mention how much I like using Endnote X6 these days.  I started with X4 about 2 years ago, and I really haven’t looked back.  Now, there are a number of things that Endnote doesn’t do as well as other programs – like creating a reference automatically from an imported PDF as easily as Mendeley does, nor do I think that the ability to capture information from the … Read more

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Endnote, a follow-up

Almost two years ago, I put up a quick mention about how much I enjoy using Endnote as a citation management software.  That opinion hasn’t changed at all.  If anything, I have increasingly enjoyed being able to use it, as this year, the Thomson-Reuters opted to add major improvements to the latest version of Endnote, rather than releasing a new version. Great for us!  We get some new features, without the extra cost. One of … Read more

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Quantify Your Workouts With Session RPE

PUSH asked me to write for their blog again. Instead of writing about Technology in Strength and Conditioning, this go-around I wrote about how you might use session RPE to help quantify the work and training load for athletes.  Most coaches don’t have the luxury of heart rate monitors, or Catapult, so a simple system you can use to collect all of your data can go a long way! You can check out the blog post … Read more

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Software and Apps that I use Part 3

Well, it has been almost 6 months since I last talked about various programs and apps that I have found useful. Last go around, you guys seemed to enjoy the suggestions (see part 1 and part 2. I ended up in an interesting conversation with one of the guys from Mendeley, who convinced me to check out the software again. I quite enjoyed it, and have been using it more often than Endnote these days. … Read more

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Software and Apps that I use- Part 1

I am 100% technophile. I love to play with gadgets and any other technology I can get my hands on. Software and apps are certainly no exception to this, as I am wont to try as many different types of software as I can for a given function.  As a result, there are certain pieces of software that I use regularly, chosen after a rigorous testing process to figure out what works best for me … Read more

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Software and Apps that I use- Part 2

In part 1 of this post, I gave you some of the programs I use for staying productive, running stats, managing references, and doing some basic video analysis. In this post, I’ll run you through what I like to use for keeping up with reading, keeping on top of my schedule, dealing with email, and finding research. Here are a few more pieces of software and apps I’m currently using. Hope you can get some … Read more

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Sports Performance Measurements – Which data matter?

I love that we are collecting more data than ever before. There are new devices and technologies all of the time aiming to help us better understand training and performance. We have everything from the low end, like the Jawbone and Fitbit, all the way up to the high end, research-grade equipment. This means we have access to more sports performance measurements, more environments and more sports than ever before. There are also more people than … Read more

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Technology within the field of Strength and Conditioning

PUSH is a pretty neat company that makes devices that aim to measure weight room performance. They are pretty cool little inertial measurement units that strap to your forearm.  They make an estimation of whatever the important part of the exercise is – center of mass, system mass (body plus barbell), or just barbell mass, depending on the exercise. There needs to be some validation done on their product, but for now, it is a … Read more

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Why you should go to the 2014 ETSU Coaches and Sport Science College – December 5&6

While we are doing our best job to pump people up for this year’s College on the Sportscienceed website, I thought that I might try to do it a bit of justice here as well. The Coaches and Sport Science College is an event we hold every year here at ETSU in the winter. We bring in speakers from around the country (and sometimes, around the world), to talk on subjects related to sport. The vast majority of … Read more

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