Applications of a working framework for the measurement of representative learning design in Australian football

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Browne, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-3943-707X, Woods, Carl ORCID: 0000-0002-7129-8938, Sweeting, Alice ORCID: 0000-0002-9185-6773 and Robertson, Samuel ORCID: 0000-0002-8330-0011 (2020) Applications of a working framework for the measurement of representative learning design in Australian football. PLOS ONE, 15 (11). ISSN 1932-6203


Representative learning design proposes that a training task should represent informational constraints present within a competitive environment. To assess the level of representativeness of a training task, the frequency and interaction of constraints should be measured. This study compared constraint interactions and their frequencies in training (match simulations and small sided games) with competition environments in elite Australian football. The extent to which constraints influenced kick and handball effectiveness between competition matches, match simulations and small sided games was determined. The constraints of pressure and time in possession were assessed, alongside disposal effectiveness, through an association rule algorithm. These rules were then expanded to determine whether a disposal was influenced by the preceding disposal. Disposal type differed between training and competition environments, with match simulations yielding greater representativeness compared to small sided games. The subsequent disposal was generally more effective in small sided games compared to the match simulations and competition matches. These findings offer insight into the measurement of representative learning designs through the non-linear modelling of constraint interactions. The analytical techniques utilised may assist other practitioners with the design and monitoring of training tasks intended to facilitate skill transfer from preparation to competition.

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Article no. e0242336

Item type Article
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0242336
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Health and Sport
Keywords Australian Football League, AFL, representativeness, small sided games, SSGs, training, skill development
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