Investigative trends in understanding penalty-kick performance in association football: An ecological dynamics perspective

Lopes, Jose, Araujo, Duarte, & Davids, Keith (2014) Investigative trends in understanding penalty-kick performance in association football: An ecological dynamics perspective. Sports Medicine, 44(1), pp. 1-7.

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There have been different approaches to studying penalty-kick performance in association football. In this paper, the authors synthesize key findings within an ecological dynamics theoretical framework. According to this theoretical perspective, information is the cornerstone for understanding the dynamics of action regulation in penalty-kick performance. Research suggests that investigators need to identify the information sources that are most relevant to penalty-kick performance. An important task is to understand how constraints can channel (i.e. change, emphasize or mask) information sources used to regulate upcoming actions and how the influence of these constraints is expressed in players' behavioural dynamics. Due to the broad range of constraints influencing penalty-kick performance, it is recommended that future research adopts an interdisciplinary focus on performance assessment to overcome the current lack of representativeness in penalty-kick experimental designs. Such an approach would serve to capture the information-based control of action of both players as components of this dyadic system in competitive sport.

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ID Code: 80363
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: studies, design, trends, football, mathematical models
DOI: 10.1007/s40279-013-0101-6
ISSN: 0112-1642
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600)
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: 21 Jan 2015 22:48
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2015 06:19

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