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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Sports Sciences

For a Special Issue on
Complexity and Systems Thinking in Sport

Manuscript deadline
01 April 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr Scott McLean, Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, University of the Sunshine Coast
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Professor Paul Salmon, Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, University of the Sunshine Coast
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Professor Sam Robertson, Victoria University
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Complexity and Systems Thinking in Sport

Sport performance is complex in nature with performance influenced by a network of factors emanating from athletes, coaches, equipment, sports organisations, governing bodies, media and social media, sponsors, new technologies, and society. Complexity science is concerned with attempting to understand and respond to problems that are dynamic and unpredictable, multi-dimensional, and comprise various interrelated components. To do so, an understanding of system components, their interrelations, and the resulting emergent behaviours is required. This involves the use of both quantitative and/or qualitative methods with a focus on the broader system influences to sports performance (including individual, team, and organisational performance). Proponents of the complex systems approach argue that sports performance cannot be fully understood or optimised through a reductionist approach that focuses on isolated components.

There is increasing attention on complexity in sport in areas such as sports injury prevention, sports performance, coaching, sporting organisation performance, and sports science generally. The purpose of this special issue 'Complexity and Systems Thinking in Sport' is to bring together and showcase a growing body of complex systems research in sport.

We encourage submissions from both researchers and practitioners applying complex systems theory and methods, including, but not limited to;

  • Injury aetiology and prevention
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Nutrition
  • Sports performance and analysis
  • Sports integrity (e.g. doping, anti-doping, child sexual abuse, corruption and match fixing)
  • Sports technology and equipment
  • Sports governance

Submission Instructions

  • Select the special issue "Complexity and Systems Thinking in Sport” when submitting your paper to ScholarOne
  • Submissions including original research, reviews, and commentaries are welcomed
  • We encourage submissions using theories and methods from multiple disciplines
  • All papers will be subjected to the standard peer-review procedures of JSS
  • Authors will be encouraged specifically to consider the applied nature of the work

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