Coupling tendencies during exploratory behaviours of competing players in rugby union dyads

CORREIA, Vanda, PASSOS, Pedro, ARAÚJO, Duarte, DAVIDS, Keith, DINIZ, Ana and KELSO, J. A. Scott (2014). Coupling tendencies during exploratory behaviours of competing players in rugby union dyads. European Journal of Sport Science, 16 (1), 11-19.

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This study investigated interpersonal coordination tendencies in 1vs.1 dyads in rugby union, here expressed by participants' movement velocity towards or away from the sideline as they competed to score or prevent a try. We examined whether coupling tendencies of members of each dyad shaped key performance outcomes (try or successful tackle). Data on movement displacement trajectories of eight male rugby union players (aged 11-12 years) were analysed during performance in 47 trials. To assess coordination tendencies during exploratory behaviours in the dyads, analyses of performance time series data were undertaken using variable time graphs, running correlations and cross-correlations. Results revealed distinct coupling patterns characterised by shifts between synchronous coordination and asynchronous coordination tendencies and uncoordinated actions. Observed behaviours were interpreted as attempts of competing participants to create and perceive possibilities for action while seeking to achieve specific performance goals. Findings also revealed that a variety of patterned relations between participants resulted in different performance outcomes.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
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Page Range: 11-19
Depositing User: Helen Garner
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2014 12:48
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 00:31

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