As such, coaches should be seen as “context designers”, rather than simple instructors. Contexts in which a multitude of solutions coexist for the purpose of the task. In general, there is extensive literature that has examined the effects of different training tasks at the physical and physiological level. However, the effects of certain game situations on individual and team behavior are as yet unknown. It is here where sports scientists, with the help of coaches, trainers and methodologists, must work together to understand the effects of their set tasks and training sessions, as well as demonstrate which of these maximize functional diversity, generating more unpredictable behavior during competition.
Ángel Ric, Analysis and Sports Technology Area, Professor at INEFC.
REFERENCES Bovier, A., & Den Hollander, F. (2016). Metastability: a potential-theoretic approach (Vol. 351). Springer. Hristovski, R. (2017). Unpredictability in competitive environments. In Torrents, C., Passos, P. & Cos, F. (Eds.) Book of Abstracts. Complex Systems in Sport, International Congress: Linking Theory and Practice (pp. 9-12). Lausanne, Switzerland: Frontiers Media SA. doi: 10.3389/978-2-88945-310-8 Ric, A., Hristovski, R., Gonçalves, B., Torres, L., Sampaio, J., & Torrents, C. (2016). Time scales for exploratory tactical behaviour in football small-sided games. Journal of Sports Sciences 34(18): 1723-1730. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1136068