Monthly Archives: June 2011

Sport science and chances – what would you do if you knew the chances to win?

When you think about chances it is easy to think about gambling. But also in science chances are important. Scientists use statistics to discover which theories are more likely then others. But the notion of chance always remains relatively abstract.

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Posted in Football, My own research, Science General, Sport Science

Performing Under Pressure in Elite Football

Watch Geir Jordet present a nice overview of research on performing under pressure in elite football. Geir shows how high ego, ego threat, and emotional distress can lead to self regulation failure, that is, missed penalties in footbal. He also

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Posted in Football, My own research, Sport Science

Player position data in football: On using it differently! A dynamical system’s perspective.

Get inspired to use player position data in a different way. Here’s Wouter Frencken presenting at the VIIth World Congress on Science & Football 2011 in Tokyo. Enjoy!

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Posted in Dynamical Systems, Ecological Psychology, Football, Joint Action, Sport Science

When Football meets Philosophy

‘But the Germans are disputing it: Hegel is arguing that the reality is merely an a priori adjunct of non-naturalistic ethics; Kant via the categorical imperative is holding that ontologically it exists only in the imagination; and Marx is claiming

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Dennis Bergkamp On The Greatest Goal He Ever Scored

Great players, great expression of emotions. Bergkamp is my favourite great player – this is what he said about him celebrating his greatest goal ever … ___ At that moment I thought about when I was seven or eight years

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Resilience explained

One of the things I’m very interested in is how positive emotions (such as joy, happiness, etc.) can help football players make better decisions. One of the many things that positive emotions do is that they fuel psychological and physical

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Posted in Ecological Psychology, Science General, Sport Science