How could process-oriented research approaches capture the interplay between training and competition in athlete performance preparation? The contribution of ecological dynamics

RAMOS, A., COUTINHO, P., DAVIDS, K and MESQUITA, I. (2021). How could process-oriented research approaches capture the interplay between training and competition in athlete performance preparation? The contribution of ecological dynamics. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 57.

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    Abstract

    Analyses of training or competition environments traditionally tend to adopt a product-oriented perspective through the recording and statistical analysis of performance outcomes. Consequently, most investigations continue to ignore the processes underpinning functional achievement of outcomes, therefore, failing to examine contextual effects of how and why performance evolves. This critical research note highlights the need for sport psychologists, pedagogues, and other applied scientists to consider a range of alternative methodological designs for research to monitor and explain processes inherent to performance preparation. These process-oriented designs require the continuous flow and exchange of performance data between training and competition, mediated by practitioners’ experiential knowledge. We endorse a triangulation of information defined as a ‘competition-coach-training’ triad which needs to be better acknowledged. Redirecting the focus of practice and research away from a product-oriented (driven by broad statistical data patterns), towards a process-oriented perspective (examined through in-depth contextual analyses) may re-calibrate the theory-practice alignment.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Sport Sciences; 11 Medical and Health Sciences; 13 Education; 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2021.102019
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2021 11:36
    Last Modified: 17 Aug 2021 11:45
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28949

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