Scientific discovery and its role in sports science

Carl Foster, James D. Anholm, Thomas Best, Daniel Boullosa, Maria L. Cress, Jos J. de Koning, Carlos Goncalves, Chelsea Hahn, Alejandro Lucia, John P. Porcari, David B. Pyne, Jose A. Rodriguez-Marroyo, K. Stephen Seiler

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Scientific discovery is about a search for the Truth, for the consistent and predictable in how the universe works. Using a particular method of inquiry, the scientific method, and with acknowledgement of the inherently self-correcting nature of science, scientific inquiry moves forward incrementally to ever closer approximations of the Truth. This paper reviews the history of scientific inquiry, the methodology of the scientific method, including the necessity for hypothesis testing and development of the probability that a particular answer is a closer approximation of the Truth than previous answers have been. It also discusses some of the pitfalls of scientific inquiry, and areas in which the search for Truth may be corrupted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)274-284
Number of pages11
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2016


  • Hypothesis
  • Paradigm
  • Scientific method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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