THE SPANNING SET AS A MEASURE OF MOVEMENT VARIABILITY

  • M. Hanlon
  • J. Condell
  • P. Kearney
Keywords: spanning set, mean deviation, variability, variance ratio

Abstract

The variability of an individual’s movement pattern is an increasingly important focus of research in sport and exercise biomechanics. Inter-trial variability of a single variable is typically assessed using mean deviation or coefficient of variation, however, recent alternatives to these have been proposed such as the spanning set technique. This paper presents an investigation into the validity of the spanning set measure. Variability scores using the spanning set were compared against more traditional measures of variability (mean deviation, coefficient of variation and variance ratio). Results indicate that the spanning set is biased towards early-phase variability and may inaccurately describe the overall level of movement variability.