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Interpersonal coordination tendencies, decision-making and information governing dynamics in rugby union

Passos, Pedro , Araujo, Duarte, Davids, Keith W., Gouveia, Luis , Milho, João , & Serpa, SidóNio (2009) Interpersonal coordination tendencies, decision-making and information governing dynamics in rugby union. In Araujo, Duarte, Ripoll, Hubert, & Raab, Markus (Eds.) Perspectives on Cognition and Action in Sport. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Suffolk, United States of America, pp. 27-42.

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Abstract

In this chapter, ideas from ecological psychology and nonlinear dynamics are integrated to characterise decision-making as an emergent property of self-organisation processes in the interpersonal interactions that occur in sports teams. A conceptual model is proposed to capture constraints on dynamics of decisions and actions in dyadic systems, which has been empirically evaluated in simulations of interpersonal interactions in team sports. For this purpose, co-adaptive interpersonal dynamics in team sports such as rubgy union have been studied to reveal control parameter and collective variable relations in attacker-defender dyads. Although interpersonal dynamics of attackers and defenders in 1 vs 1 situations showed characteristics of chaotic attractors, the informational constraints of rugby union typically bounded dyadic systems into low dimensional attractors. Our work suggests that the dynamics of attacker-defender dyads can be characterised as an evolving sequence since players' positioning and movements are connected in diverse ways over time.

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ID Code: 28512
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: rugby union, coordination, decision-making, pattern formation, self-organisation, complexity, coordination, learning
ISBN: 9781606923900
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Motor Control (110603)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Deposited On: 12 Nov 2009 09:29
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:57

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