"We (should) only care about discovering the truth; we shouldn't care ahead of time which truth it is... if we want something to be true and not something else then we pay attention to evidence which favours that theory and discount evidence that doesn't" @seanmcarroll
Describes a huge problem in sports science/sports medicine that is endemic in the social sciences.
There should be no 'proposing a theory'.
(For one thing scientific method states that we can only begin with a hypothesis or an observation.
It only attains theory status once it has been validated with experimentation and repeatedly shown to predict what happens in reality.)
Those of us involved in academic research might benefit from humility in considering where true expertise resides and where the meaningful insights that move things forward come from.
Empirical study is not restricted to the research setting
The most meaningful work that leads to discovery is often done in the field.
To use the example of injury rehab/return to sport, there is a lag between what is studied in research and practices at elite level that are pushing the boundaries and advancing our understanding 2/5
Moving beyond sport, the inventions and innovations that lead to scientific discovery most often come from the field.
Academic research generally follows (and serves an important function in validating discoveries and practices in the field) more than it leads 3/5