Interpersonal coordination tendencies shape 1-vs-1 sub-phase performance outcomes in youth soccer

Duarte, Ricardo, Araújo, Duarte, Davids, Keith, Travassos, Bruno, Gazimba, Vítor, & Sampaio, Jaime (2012) Interpersonal coordination tendencies shape 1-vs-1 sub-phase performance outcomes in youth soccer. Journal of Sports Sciences, 30(9), pp. 871-877.

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This study investigated the influence of interpersonal coordination tendencies on performance outcomes of 1-vs-1 subphases in youth soccer. Eight male developing soccer players (age: 11.8+0.4 years; training experience: 3.6+1.1 years) performed an in situ simulation of a 1-vs-1 sub-phase of soccer. Data from 82 trials were obtained with motion-analysis techniques, and relative phase used to measure the space-time coordination tendencies of attacker-defender dyads. Approximate entropy (ApEn) was then used to quantify the unpredictability of interpersonal interactions over trials. Results revealed how different modes of interpersonal coordination emerging from attacker-defender dyads influenced the 1-vs-1 performance outcomes. High levels of space-time synchronisation (47%) and unpredictability in interpersonal coordination processes (ApEn: 0.91+0.34) were identified as key features of an attacking player’s success. A lead-lag relation attributed to a defending player (34% around 7308 values) and a more predictable coordination mode (ApEn: 0.65+0.27, P50.001), demonstrated the coordination tendencies underlying the success of defending players in 1-vs-1 sub-phases. These findings revealed how the mutual influence of each player on the behaviour of dyadic systems shaped emergent performance outcomes. More specifically, the findings showed that attacking players should be constrained to exploit the space-time synchrony with defenders in an unpredictable and creative way, while defenders should be encouraged to adopt postures and behaviours that actively constrain the attacker’s actions.

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ID Code: 58977
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Performance analysis, Interpersonal coordination tendencies, Relative phase, Approximate entropy, Soccer
DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2012.675081
ISSN: 1466-447X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Sport and Exercise Psychology (170114)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 09 Apr 2013 01:33
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2013 15:41

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