The psychology of dynamic balance and peak performance in sport: correction theory
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractThis article introduces a new approach to understanding peak performance and dysfunctional performance in sport, correction theory. Correction theory, based within a control theory and dynamical systems perspective, assumes that dynamic balance (a state in which a robust complex system will self-correct in response to imbalance) underwrites individual functioning. The central thesis presented in this article is that an interdependent relationship exists between peak performance and dysfunctional performance in sport. Peak performance is, in part, a (corrective) response to dysfunctional performance and vice versa. An overview of correction theory is presented, based on two propositions relating to balance. Implications of correction theory for understanding sporting performance are briefly considered.
CitationCowen, A. P. et al (2014) 'The Psychology of Dynamic Balance and Peak Performance in Sport: Correction Theory', Quest, 66 (4):421