The movement: Complexity and reductionism, evidence in comparison


  • Felice Di Domenico University of Salerno, Italy
  • Simona Fattore University of Salerno, Italy
  • Tiziana D'Isanto University of Salerno, Italy



Self-perception, Self-evaluation, Optojump, Strength, Coordination, Complex systems


The study of movement often contrasts complexity and reductionism. movement analysis helps to justify the reductionist model with data, aesthetic analysis contributes with the use of indicators, descriptors, weights. There is no evaluation model integrated with the contribution of perception to approach the evaluation with a more complex model. The aim of the study is to measure the motor skills of jumping, speed of execution, reaction times and agility, with a global view of the movement in addition to the whole of the individual acts to consider that the various destructured unit values are inseparable elements of a single set and which, according to the non-linear complexity, are mutually determined. The method is experimental research through the recruitment of data with questionnaires and surveys prepared with the Google Forms platform and the evaluation of motor gestures with technological tools: Optojump Next. The sample is represented by a group of 25 students of the three-year bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Salerno, aged between 20 and 27 years. the results of the initial data confirm the impossibility of breaking down the movement into simpler parts in order to understand how it works because it emerges that the movement must be considered in its entirety. the integrated use of quantitative biomechanical and qualitative educational evaluation can be achieved with self-assessment and enabling self-esteem. In conclusion, the study can be useful for identifying the areas of performance to be analysed in order to form the physical and sport educational professional skills most dedicated to evaluation.


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Di Domenico, F., Fattore, S., & D’Isanto, T. (2019). The movement: Complexity and reductionism, evidence in comparison. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 14(4proc), S602-S609.

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