The Phenomenon of Path Dependence in child-youth Sport




One of the main tenets of human complexity is that, for better or worse we find it hard to shake off history, leaving us vulnerable through time to an historical appeal that seemed perfectly logical at the time.For many years a dominant feature of child-youth football training has been an approach where a session would progress from an isolated drill with explicit demonstrations of how to execute the ‘correct’ technique (Williams & Hodges, 2005),to eventually a game, with explicit feedback from the coach (O’Connor, Larkin, & Williams, 2018). As highlighted by Mckay & O’ Connor (2018) team invasion sports training session typically comprise of deliberate structured sequential patterns and repetitive drills. This structured, prescriptive coach -centered approach (Ford et al., 2010) has been the dominant paradigm in child-youth football coaching and can be described as a path dependency. The phenomenon of path dependence as highlighted by John Kiely (2017)…

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