Match analysis in team ball sports: an umbrella review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses

SARMENTO, Hugo, CLEMENTE, Filipe Manuel, AFONSO, José, ARAÚJO, Duarte, FACHADA, Miguel, NOBRE, Paulo and DAVIDS, Keith (2022). Match analysis in team ball sports: an umbrella review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Sports Medicine - Open, 8 (1): 66.

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Abstract: Background: Match analysis has evolved exponentially over the past decades in team sports resulting in a significant number of published systematic reviews and meta-analyses. An umbrella review of the available literature is needed to provide an integrated overview of current knowledge and contribute to more robust theoretical explanations of team performance. Methods: The Web of Science (all databases), PubMed, Cochrane Library (Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews), Scopus, and SPORTDiscus databases were searched for relevant publications prior to 19 February 2021. Appraisal of the methodological quality of included articles was undertaken using the tool for Assessing the Methodological Quality of Systematic Reviews (AMSTAR-2). Twenty-four studies were reviewed that met the following criteria: (1) contained relevant data from match analyses in team ball sports; (2) were defined as systematic reviews or/and meta-analyses; and (3) were written in the English language. Results: The overall methodological quality of the 24 included reviews, obtained through the AMSTAR-2, revealed very low confidence ratings (Critically Low, n = 12) for the results of most systematic reviews of match analyses in team ball sports. Additionally, the results showed that research is focused mainly on four levels of analysis: (1) dyadic (microlevel); (2) individual (molecular level; predominant); (3) group (mesolevel), and (4) team dynamics (macrolevel). These levels of analysis included tactical, technical, physical, and psychosocial variables. Team performance was contextualized at two levels, with reference to: (1) match context (e.g. match status, match location, match period, quality of opposition) and (2) sociodemographic and environmental constraints (sex, age groups, competitive level, altitude, temperature, pitch surface). Conclusions: The evolution of methods for match analysis in team ball sports indicates that: (1) an individual-level performance analysis was predominant; (2) the focus on intermediate levels of analysis, observing performance in dyadic and group interactions, has received less attention from researchers; (3) neglected areas of research include psychosocial aspects of team sports and women’s performance; and (4) analyses of match contexts need greater depth. Registration: The protocol was registered in the International Platform of Registered Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Protocols with the number 202080067 and the DOI number

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Additional Information: ** From Springer Nature via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for this article: **Journal IDs: pissn 2199-1170; eissn 2198-9761 **Article IDs: publisher-id: s40798-022-00454-7; manuscript: 454 **History: published 12-2022; online 13-05-2022; published 13-05-2022; registration 26-04-2022; accepted 22-04-2022; submitted 02-07-2021
Uncontrolled Keywords: Systematic Review, Team sports, Group behaviours, Ecological dynamics, Performance analysis
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SWORD Depositor: Colin Knott
Depositing User: Colin Knott
Date Deposited: 16 May 2022 09:55
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2023 12:15

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