Networks as a novel tool for studying team ball sports as complex social systems

Passos, Pedro, Davids, Keith, Araujo, Duarte, Paz, N., Minguens, J., & Mendes, Jose (2011) Networks as a novel tool for studying team ball sports as complex social systems. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 14(2), pp. 170-176.

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This paper describes and evaluates the novel utility of network methods for understanding human interpersonal interactions within social neurobiological systems such as sports teams. We show how collective system networks are supported by the sum of interpersonal interactions that emerge from the activity of system agents (such as players in a sports team). To test this idea we trialled the methodology in analyses of intra-team collective behaviours in the team sport of water polo. We observed that the number of interactions between team members resulted in varied intra-team coordination patterns of play, differentiating between successful and unsuccessful performance outcomes. Future research on small-world networks methodologies needs to formalize measures of node connections in analyses of collective behaviours in sports teams, to verify whether a high frequency of interactions is needed between players in order to achieve competitive performance outcomes.

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ID Code: 42931
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Interpersonal Coordination, Collective Neurobiological Systems, Pattern Forming Dynamics, Water Polo
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2010.10.459
ISSN: 1440-2440
Subjects: 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: © 2010 Sports Medicine Australia. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Deposited On: 13 Jul 2011 13:08
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2012 02:05

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