Overview of complex systems in sport
Balague, Natalia, Torrents, Carlota, Hristovski, Robert, Davids, Keith, & Araujo, Duarte (2013) Overview of complex systems in sport. Journal of Systems Science and Complexity, 26(1), pp. 4-13.
The complex systems approach offers an opportunity to replace the extant pre-dominant mechanistic view on sport-related phenomena. The emphasis on the environment-system relationship, the applications of complexity principles, and the use of nonlinear dynamics mathematical tools propose a deep change in sport science. Coordination dynamics, ecological dynamics, and network approaches have been successfully applied to the study of different sport-related behaviors, from movement patterns that emerge at different scales constrained by specific sport contexts to game dynamics. Sport benefit from the use of such approaches in the understanding of technical, tactical, or physical conditioning aspects which change their meaning and dilute their frontiers. The creation of new learning and training strategies for teams and individual athletes is a main practical consequence. Some challenges for the future are investigating the influence of key control parameters in the nonlinear behavior of athlete-environment systems and the possible relatedness of the dynamics and constraints acting at different spatio-temporal scales in team sports. Modelling sport-related phenomena can make useful contributions to a better understanding of complex systems and vice-versa.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Constraints-led approach, coordination dynamics, performer-environment system, selforganization, team dynamics|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
|Deposited On:||23 Feb 2014 22:58|
|Last Modified:||24 Feb 2014 22:25|
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