Exploiting bi-directional self-organising tendencies in team sports: the role of the game model and tactical principles of play

RIBEIRO, João, DAVIDS, Keith, ARAÚJO, Duarte, GUILHERME, José, SILVA, Pedro and GARGANTA, Júlio (2019). Exploiting bi-directional self-organising tendencies in team sports: the role of the game model and tactical principles of play. Frontiers in Psychology, section Movement Science and Sport Psychology.

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Research has revealed how inherent self-organizing tendencies in athletes and sports teams can be exploited to facilitate emergence of dynamical patterns in synergy formation in sports teams. Here, we discuss how game models, and associated tactical principles of play, may be implemented to constrain co-existing global-to-local and local-to-global self-organization tendencies in team sports players during training and performance. Understanding how to harness the continuous interplay between these co-existing, bi-directional, and coordination tendencies is key to shaping system behaviors in sports training. Training programs are traditionally dominated by designs, which shape the self-organizing tendencies of players and teams at a global-to-local scale by coaches imposing a tactical/strategical plan with associated tactical principles of play. Nevertheless, recent research suggests that performers also need to be provided with opportunities to explore self-organizing tendencies that emerge at the local-to-global scale in training. This directional tendency in synergy formation can be facilitated by players being given opportunities to actively explore different adaptive and innovative performance solutions, coherent with principles of play circumscribed in an overarching game model. Developing methods (coaching sessions rooted on principles of dynamical systems theory that foment the development of such local-to-global relations) to exploit the continuous interplay between these co-existing tendencies within sports teams may promote more effective and efficient athlete skill training programs, in addition to enhancing performance.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02213
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2019 15:01
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 00:51
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25190

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