chapter  9
15 Pages

Single camera analyses in studying pattern-forming dynamics of player interactions in team sports


A network of patterned interactions between players characterizes performance in team ball sports. Thus, interpersonal coordination patterns are an important topic in the study of performance in such sports. A very useful method has been the study of inter-individual interactions captured by a single camera filming an extended performance area. The appropriate collection of positional data allows investigating the pattern forming dynamics emerging in different performance sub-phases of team ball sports. This chapter outlines: (i) a simple and flexible motion analysis procedure to capture the movement displacement trajectories of performers using a single camera; and (ii) exemplar data illustrating the analysis methods employed in the identification of pattern forming dynamics in a threeversus-three sub-phase of association football near the scoring areas.