Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Extrapersonal? Qualitatively investigating coordinative couplings between rowers in Olympic sculling. Research Completed

Title

Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Extrapersonal? Qualitatively investigating coordinative couplings between rowers in Olympic sculling.

Lead Author

Sarah-Kate Millar , Oldham, A. R. H., & Renshaw, I.

Organisation(s)

AUT University

Publication Year

2013

Publisher

Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology and Life Sciences,

Contacts

 

Sarah-Kate Millar

Senior Lecturer, Sports Coaching

 

Coach Development Centre & Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand www.sprinz.ac.nz 

 

 

 

https://dev.sprinz.aut.ac.nz/our-staff/lecturers/sarah-kate-millar

 

Tel: +64 9 921 9999  ext 7667, mb +64 21 802185 Skype: skatewk- 

Abstract

 

Keywords: Rowing, Timing, Interpersonal coorination, sculling, Elite 

 

Coordinative couplings are commonly classified as interpersonal and intrapersonal.  Interpersonal coordination is normally thought of as between organisms but a subset can also be considered where the co-actors movements are coupled to an environmental rhythm.  This can be termed Extrapersonal coordination.   This study explores how coordination is achieved in a situation that demands that at least one actor makes use of extrapersonal sources.  In this case multi-seat rowing, where one actor cannot see the other one behind him/her.  A qualitative approach using experiential knowledge from expert rowers (N=9) and coaches (N=4) was used to examine how interpersonal coordination was achieved and maintained in 2 person rowing boats.  It was reported that where possible, both rowers coordinated their movements by coupling with an invariant provided by the boat.  This invariant is underpinned by perception of water flow past the boat; which is in turn used to determine changes in acceleration – “rowing with the boat”.  Bow seat also identified the rower in front and stroke seat identified the looming of the stern as viable alternative sources for coupling.

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