sports science

“Predictive modelling: Pitfalls and possibilities” (Video)

I had quite a few people¬†interested in my recent presentation on “Predictive modelling: Pitfalls and possibilities”, delivered at the 2014 Applied Physiology Conference for the National Institute Network. So…I decided to record a version of it for those who weren’t able to attend ūüôā


Darren Burgess: “Making Sense Of The Data: For You And Your Coach” (Catapult Performance Workshop 2014)

At last week’s Catapult Performance Workshop,¬†Dr Darren Burgess (@darrenburgess25) was on hand to¬†deliver¬†an address to open the day’s proceedings. ¬†Darren spoke on the topic of “Making Sense Of The Data: For You And Your Coach”, a timely presentation given the staggering volume of data collected and the increasing use of¬†sophisticated analytics in sport. ¬†Here are my sketchnotes from Darren’s presentation:

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Biomechanics in Australian Sport: presentation at the Victorian Institute of Sport

Today, I am¬†presenting at the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) on biomechanics in Australian sport. ¬†I’ll be¬†chatting with a group of US college students who are¬†visiting Australia and spending time at the VIS, gaining insights into sports science and life as an athlete. ¬†A different presentation than the researchy-type I’ve become used to delivering over the past few years…it’ll be great to tell a few stories and share interesting anecdotes¬†of Aussie ingenuity in applied biomechanics ūüôā ¬†Check out my slides below:

Three PhD students ponder‚Ķis Twitter worth it? Part III: Making the most of your time

Maybe you’ve decided to take the plunge. ¬†You’ve signed up for a Twitter account, and you’re trying to figure out how to use it, how to tweet, and what the hell is a hashtag anyway?! ¬†But once you’ve progressed beyond¬†these teething stages, it’s important to think about how¬†to maximise what you get out of Twitter for what you put in: your valuable time and energy. ¬†It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by¬†the sheer volume of information that is generated – 500 million tweets are sent every day! – and while some of it¬†will be¬†useful and interesting, much of it will be¬†irrelevant to you.

How do you separate the signal from the noise, to find the information you want?

How do you connect with other like-minded professionals on Twitter and become part of their online community?

With Chris Brandner (@ChrisBrandner) and Nathan Lee (@NathanAndyLee), we pooled together our advice for getting the most out of your time on Twitter.  This post is part three of a four-part series on the value of using Twitter professionally (here are links to part one and part two).

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Three PhD students ponder‚Ķis Twitter worth it? Part II: Barriers and opportunities

When people think about whether to invest their energies into cultivating a professional online presence, they’re usually most interested in¬†the costs and benefits. ¬†How much time is this going to require? ¬†How much effort do I have to put in? ¬†What are the rewards that I could reap by investing my time and effort into developing my professional identity through social networks? ¬†I teamed up with¬†Chris Brandner¬†(@ChrisBrandner) and¬†Nathan Lee¬†(@NathanAndyLee) to examine both sides of the coin – barriers and opportunities – in this post, part two of a four-part series on the value of Twitter in academia (click here for¬†part one: “How and why we use Twitter”).

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Three PhD students ponder…is Twitter worth it? Part I: How and why we use Twitter

“Is Twitter really worth it?”¬† This is easily in the top 3¬†questions that I am asked most often by colleagues and friends¬†in academia who are interested in establishing an online presence. Undoubtedly, it’s an important to question to answer in this modern age where it seems that everyone is universally pressed for time. While¬†it’s a query I am always happy to field, I believe it¬†is best answered from multiple viewpoints. ¬†Over recent weeks,¬†I have been¬†collaborating with fellow PhD students Chris Brandner¬†(@ChrisBrandner) and Nathan Lee¬†(@NathanAndyLee); together, we have documented¬†our¬†individual experiences using Twitter as a professional communication medium, ultimately to provide our insights on why we believe Twitter is¬†worth the time and effort.

In this post, part one of a four-part series, we begin by explaining how and why we use Twitter.  In the rest of the series, we will discuss the barriers that stopped or slowed our own adoption of the social network, the opportunities that have stemmed from establishing a Twitter presence, and our suggestions for making the most of your time on Twitter.

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Andy Franklyn-Miller: “Managing Performance Teams and the Quest for Marginal Gains”

A great privilege to attend Tuesday night’s professional development session organised by Suki Hobson (@sukihobson), featuring Andy Franklyn-Miller (@afranklynmiller). Drawing from his wide-ranging experiences working with high performers in sport and in business, Andy shared his beliefs about what makes (and sustains) a world class performance team. Here are my sketchnotes from the evening. Thanks Suki and Andy for hosting an insightful session!

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Senate Inquiry into Sports Science in Australia: Watch This Space…


Increasingly, stakeholders at all levels of sport understand and value the contribution that sports scientists make to improving athletic performance and encouraging healthy participation. ¬†Sports scientists have rightly become essential members of athlete support teams, with senior sports scientists taking on performance management responsibilities that require them to oversee several aspects of an athlete’s preparation.

Sports Science, without question, is the biggest and most important change in my lifetime.

– Sir Alex Ferguson (Former Manager of Manchester United, from 1986 – 2013)

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Core Stability: “Myth or Reality? Does It Matter?” – by Evert Verhagen at ECSS 2013

One thing I really enjoy about attending big conferences is the opportunity to learn from researchers in disciplines related but distinct from my own. The keynotes and invited presentations are particularly good opportunities to do this. It’s like turning up for lectures from a course you’re not enrolled in ūüėČ

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Sports Science in the World of Science, by Bengt Saltin at ECSS 2013

What a privilege to see Bengt Saltin presenting the Honorary session on the final day of the European College of Sports Science Congress 2013. Seems a very humble man, despite the incredible impact and apparent timelessness of the work he has done, from the early part of his career until now. I was amazed to see the very elegant way he links basic mechanisms to human performance. We could all do with more of this capacity to zoom the lens in AND out, so that we make interpretations and recommendations with consciousness of the micro and macro worlds.

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