Manipulating task constraints to improve tactical knowledge and collective decision-making in rugby union

PASSOS, Pedro, ARAUJO, Duarte, DAVIDS, Keith and SHUTTLEWORTH, Rick (2010). Manipulating task constraints to improve tactical knowledge and collective decision-making in rugby union. In: RENSHAW, Ian, DAVIDS, Keith and SAVELSBERGH, Geert J.P., (eds.) Motor Learning in Practice : A Constraints-Led Approach. Routledge, 120-130.

Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL:


In team sports such as rugby union, a myriad of decisions and actions occur within the boundaries that compose the performance perceptual- motor workspace. The way that these performance boundaries constrain decision making and action has recently interested researchers and has involved developing an understanding of the concept of constraints. Considering team sports as complex dynamical systems, signifies that they are composed of multiple, independent agents (i.e. individual players) whose interactions are highly integrated. This level of complexity is characterized by the multiple ways that players in a rugby field can interact. It affords the emergence of rich patterns of behaviour, such as rucks, mauls, and collective tactical actions that emerge due to players’ adjustments to dynamically varying competition environments. During performance, the decisions and actions of each player are constrained by multiple causes (e.g. technical and tactical skills, emotional states, plans, thoughts, etc.) that generate multiple effects (e.g. to run or pass, to move forward to tackle or maintain position and drive the opponent to the line), a prime feature in a complex systems approach to team games performance (Bar- Yam, 2004).

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Page Range: 120-130
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2016 10:02
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 18:15

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics