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Systems thinking frameworks have gained attention in both modelling athlete performance and injury prevention in sports medicine.1–3 We believe that these fields may contribute valuably and interdependently within a larger high performance system.1 The purpose of this editorial is to explain how ‘injury’ and ‘performance’ interact within a system-based framework3 and to provide three practical implications of an integrated performance system.
Systems thinking in high performance sport
The basic premise underpinning any systems model is that parts of a system are inter-related, and the objective of the whole system defines the function of each part. Therefore, the interaction between parts cannot be reduced to a number of linear cause and effect relations.1 The influence of a part on the outcome of the whole system depends on the state of the other parts. Any change to a part of the system can affect the objectives of the whole system as …
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