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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 …
Contributors All authors equally contributed to the writing of this editorial. All authors approved the final version.
Funding MM, MKD and PCC were supported by the Australian Institute of Sport. The Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP) is one of the International Research Centres for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health supported by the IOC.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.