The ARCANE Project: How an Ecological Dynamics Framework Can Enhance Performance Assessment and Prediction in Football

Micael S. Couceiro, Gonçalo Dias, Duarte Araújo, Keith Davids
2016 Sports Medicine  
The ARCANE Project 2 Key Points  This paper presents the Augmented peRCeption ANalysis framEwork for Football (ARCANE) project;  The proposed ARCANE project highlights how an ecological dynamics theoretical framework can help sport scientists and practitioners to interpret the large volume of data, in order to design practice tasks, as well as to understand and, ultimately, predict athletic performance in football;  The ecological dynamics framework can be useful to assess the existence of
more » ... namic patterns of interpersonal coordination tendencies that emerge between players at various levels of analysis. Abstract-This paper discusses how an ecological dynamics framework can be implemented to interpret data, design practice tasks and interpret athletic performance in collective sports, exemplified here by research ideas within the ARCANE project promoting an augmented perception of football teams for scientists and practitioners. An ecological dynamics rationale can provide an interpretation of athletes' positional and physiological data during performance, using new methods to assess athletes' behaviours in real-time and, to some extent, predict health and performance outcomes. The proposed approach signals practical applications for coaches, sports analysts, exercise physiologists and practitioners through merging a large volume of data into a smaller set of variables, resulting in a deeper analysis than typical measures of performance outcomes of competitive games. The ARCANE Project 3 11 grant SFRH/BPD/99655/2014, Ingeniarius, Ltd., CIPER, Faculdade de Motricidade Humana, Universidade de Lisboa, Laboratory of Expertise in Sport (SpertLab), and Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER). Conflicts of Interest Micael Couceiro is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ingeniarius, Ltd., a company that provides custom outsource consulting and research services for technology-based companies and industrial units in the several fields of engineering, including robotics, image processing, computer science and sports engineering. Gonçalo Dias, Duarte Araújo and Keith Davids declare that they have no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this article.
doi:10.1007/s40279-016-0549-2 pmid:27139724 fatcat:rfpwoj6dovdllgvl5g33ckh3te