Understanding constraints on sport performance from the complexity sciences paradigm: An ecological dynamics framework

SEIFERT, Ludovic, ARAÚJO, Duarte, KOMAR, John and DAVIDS, Keith (2017). Understanding constraints on sport performance from the complexity sciences paradigm: An ecological dynamics framework. Human Movement Science. (In Press)

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Abstract

Glazier’s suggestion for the constraints-led approach as a GUT for sport performance is a worthy proposal. What is missing from these preliminary insights is a principled basis, in the form of pillars, for understanding the cornerstones of the sports medicine profession, and this lack of an overarching theoretical framework is also somewhat of a limitation in Glazier's initial ideas, as we argue later. Here we suggest that his preliminary proposal would benefit from considering a more comprehensive ontological positioning within the complexity sciences paradigm to benefit from conceptualising athletes and sports teams as complex adaptive systems. We argue that ecological dynamics provides a more encompassing rationale than the constraint-led approach because it is a multi-dimensional theoretical framework shaped by many relevant disciplines.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.humov.2017.05.001
Depositing User: Carmel House
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 11:47
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2017 18:29
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15821

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