A Communal Language for Decision Making in Team Invasion Sports

Mike Ashford, Andrew Abraham, Jamie Poolton

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Invasion team sports coaches are faced with the problem of developing players who, in any given situation, can make decisions that lead to successful outcomes. Research into human decision making has established three widely accepted perspectives, which sports coaching has used to understand player decision making and inform practice: information processing, ecological psychology, and naturalistic decision making. As a result, coaches are challenged with perspective-specific terminology and having to draw connections between similar findings that are explained in quite different ways. This conceptual paper presents a plainer account of player decision making by proposing a communal language within a conceptual framework for decision making in invasion team sports. It is hoped that the proposed language and framework will, together, facilitate knowledge exchange between researchers and coaches for the betterment of player development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-129
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Sport Coaching Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • ecological psychology
  • information
  • information processing
  • knowledge
  • naturalistic decision making
  • perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)


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