n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - 'Mean response' disregards the importance of individual variation : commentary

Volume 23, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



The conventional approach in the field of exercise science is to report the response to interventions as the mean (average) of the intervention group. While the mean may be a convenient measure, it fails to consider the significant individual variation present in all aspects of human biology, resulting in findings that are at best simplistic and, at worst, misleading.

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