CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF A QUANTITATIVE STUDY
Grand Canyon University
NRS-433V Introduction to Nursing Research
May 24, 2015
Critical Analysis of a Quantitative Study
Most nurses’ who work with teen sports injuries will tell you that there has been a significant increase in not only youths that are participating in sports, but there has also been an increase in sports related injuries. Research article “Teens Knowledge of Risk Factors for sports Injuries” (Ward, 2004) is a quantitative analysis that addresses youth sports injuries. The study was conducted to determine “teen’s level of physical activity, knowledge about risk factors for sports injuries, use of protective equipment, and parental involvement” (Ward, 2004). While the increase in injuries affects school, community, clinic and emergency room nurses, the school nurse is a main advocate for student health. In this capacity, the school nurse is in a great position to educate not only the students about prevention of sports-related injuries, but also their parents, school staff and the community.
While research is a systematic inquiry that is completed by using disciplined methods to solve problems or answer questions, the critique of such research is a critical, careful appraisal of the limitations and strengths of a research study. When the nurse understands how to analyze a research study, this gives him or her a chance to know if the study is credible, is its findings show an evidence base that can be applied in practice, education or theory. A research critique is a complete and careful examination of a study to judge its strengths and weaknesses, and meaning and significance. This paper is a critical analysis of the research study on the level of activity, risk factor knowledge, the teens’ use of protective equipment while involved in sports and the parents involvement. It will look at the research article from beginning to end and critique each part of...