Complex systems in nature are those with many interacting parts, all capable of influencing global system outcomes. There is a growing body of research that has modeled sport performance from a complexity sciences perspective, studying the behavior of individual athletes and sports teams as emergent phenomena which self-organise under interacting constraints.
This book is the first to bring together experts studying complex systems in the context of sport from across the world to collate core theoretical ideas, current methodologies and existing data into one comprehensive resource. It offers new methods of analysis for investigating representative complex sport movements and actions at an individual and team level, exploring the application of methodologies from the complexity sciences in the context of sports performance and the organization of sport practice.
Complex Systems in Sport is important reading for any advanced student or researcher working in sport and exercise science, sports coaching, kinesiology or human movement.
Table of Contents
Preface - Keith Davids, Robert Hristovski, Duarte Araújo and Natalia Balague Serre Section 1: Theoretical Bases for Understanding Complex Systems in Sport Chapter 1: Basic Notions in the Science of Complex Systems and Nonlinear Dynamics - Robert Hristovski, Natalia Balague Serre and Wolfgang Schöllhorn Chapter 2: Coordination Dynamics and Cognition - J.A. Scott Kelso Chapter 3: Why Coordination Dynamics is Relevant for Studying Sport Performance - Chris Button, Jon Wheat and Peter Lamb Chapter 4: Psychobiological Integration During Exercise Performed Until Exhaustion - N. Balagué Serre, R. Hristovski, A. Vainoras, P. Vázquez, D. Aragonés Section 2: Methodologies and Techniques for Data Analyses in Investigating Complex Systems in Sport Chapter 5: Nonlinear Time Series Methods for Analyzing Behavioral Sequences - Nikita Kuznetsov, Scott Bonnette and Michael A. Riley Chapter 6: Interpersonal Coordination Tendencies Induce Functional Synergies Through Co-Adaptation Processes in Team Sports - Pedro Passos, Duarte Araújo, Bruno Travassos, Luis Vilar and Ricardo Duarte Chapter 7: The Measurement of Space and Time in Evolving Sport Phenomena - Sofia Fonseca, Ana Diniz and Duarte Araújo Chapter 8: Self-Organizing Maps and Cluster Analysis in Elite and Sub-Elite Athletic Performance - Wolfgang Schöllhorn, Jia Yi Chow, Paul Glazier and Chris Button Chapter 9: Single Camera Analyses in Studying Pattern Forming Dynamics of Player Interactions in Team Sports - Ricardo Duarte, Orlando Fernandes, Hugo Folgado Duarte Araújo Chapter 10: Using Virtual Environments to Study Interactions in Sport Performance - Vanda Correia, Duarte Araújo, Gareth Watson and Cathy Craig Chapter 11: Methods of Measurement in Studying Team Sports as Dynamical Systems - Daniel Memmert and Jürgen Perl Chapter 12: Team Sports as Dynamical Systems - Tim Mcgarry, Juergen Perl and Martin Lames Part 3a: Complexity Sciences and Sport Performance Chapter 13: Ecological Dynamics as A Framework for Notation Analysis - Luis Vilar, Carlota Torrents, Duarte Araújo and Keith Davids Chapter 14: Talent Development and Expertise in Sport - Elissa Phillips, Keith Davids, Duarte Araújo and Ian Renshaw Chapter 15: Creativity in Sport and Dance: A constraints based soft-assembly of action.- Robert Hristovski, Keith Davids, Duarte Araújo, Pedro Passos, Carlota Torrents, Alexandar Aceski and Alexandar Tufekcievski Part 3b: Complexity Sciences and Training for Sport Chapter 16: Variability in Neurobiological Systems and Training - Chris Button, Ludovic Seifert, David O’Donovan, and Keith Davids Chapter 17: Individual Pathways of Change in Motor Learning and Development - Yeou-Teh Liu and Karl M. Newell Chapter 18: A Constraints-Based Approach to the Acquisition of Expertise in Outdoor Adventure Sports - Keith Davids, Eric Brymer, Ludovic Seifert and Dominic Orth Chapter 19: Skill Acquisition and Representative Task Design - Ross A. Pinder, Ian Renshaw, Jonathon Headrick and Keith Davids
Keith Davids is Professor of Motor Control and Head of the School of Human Movement Studies at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
Robert Hristovski is Professor in the Faculty of Physical Education at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Republic of Macedonia.
Duarte Araújo is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Human Kinetics at Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.
Natalia Balague Serre is Professor of Exercise Physiology in the INEFC at the University of Barcelona, Spain.
Chris Button is Associate Professor in the School of Physical Education at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
Pedro Passos is Assistant Professor of Motor Control in the Faculty of Human Kinetics at the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.