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BJSM educational editorials: methods matter
  1. Evert Verhagen1,
  2. Steven D Stovitz2,
  3. Mohammad Ali Mansournia3,6,
  4. Rasmus Oestergaard Nielsen4,
  5. Ian Shrier5
  1. 1Amsterdam Collaboration on Health and Safety in Sports & Department of Public and Occupational Health, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam Movement Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  2. 2Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  3. 3Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  4. 4Department of Public Health, Section for Sports Science, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
  5. 5Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Community, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, Jewish General Hospital, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  6. 6Sports Medicine Research Center, Neuroscience Institute,Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  1. Correspondence to Dr Evert Verhagen, Amsterdam Collaboration on Health and Safety in Sports, Public and Occupational Health, VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam Movement Sciences, Amsterdam,The Netherlands; e.verhagen{at}vumc.nl

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Introduction

Advancing the quality of research in the field of sports medicine is a BJSM aim. Therefore, BJSM publishes papers with a methodological focus, helping readers to better understand and interpret study outcomes (eg, refs 1–3). This has assisted our community translate study outcomes into practice. To further advance the field, the BJSM will publish a series of editorials addressing specific issues in research methodology that impact the conduct, presentation and interpretation of studies. Authorship is open, so please see this as a call for your submissions too.

Methods underpin quality and trustworthiness: appropriate and with meticulous execution

The state of the art in research methods is continuously evolving and methodological papers advance the field of epidemiology and biostatistics. Just as our community adapts to advances in physiotherapy, imaging and sports science, we must embrace statistical method advances to ensure that shared decisions with athletes are based on accurate information.

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