Emergence of contact injuries in invasion team sports : an ecological dynamics rationale

LEVENTER, Louis, DICKS, Matt, DUARTE, Ricardo, DAVIDS, Keith and ARAÚJO, Duarte (2015). Emergence of contact injuries in invasion team sports : an ecological dynamics rationale. Sports Medicine, 45 (2), 153-159.

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The incidence of contact injuries in team sports is considerable, and injury mechanisms need to be comprehensively understood to facilitate the adoption of preventive measures. In Association Football, evidence shows that the highest prevalence of contact injuries emerges in one-on-one interactions. However, previous studies have tended to operationally report injury mechanisms in isolation, failing to provide a theoretical rationale to explain how injuries might emerge from interactions between opposing players. In this position paper, we propose an ecological dynamics framework to enhance current understanding of behavioural processes leading to contact injuries in team sports. Based on previous research highlighting the dynamics of performer–environment interactions, contact injuries are proposed to emerge from symmetry-breaking processes during on-field interpersonal interactions among competing players and the ball. Central to this approach is consideration of candidate control parameters that may provide insights on the information sources used by players to reduce risk of contact injuries during performance. Clinically, an ecological dynamics analysis could allow sport practitioners to design training sessions based on selected parameter threshold values as primary and/or secondary preventing measures during training and rehabilitation sessions.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40279-014-0263-x
Page Range: 153-159
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2014 08:19
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 04:37
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8560

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