Professor Stewart is the Dean of the College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University, Melbourne.

He has an extensive competitive, coaching, scientific, and administrative background in high performance sport, including:

  • representing Scotland at both swimming and rugby
  • coaching international swimmers in Scotland and New Zealand
  • a BPhEd/BEd (Hons) from the Scottish School of Physical Education (1986), and a PhD from the University of Otago (1997)
  • Director of the Scottish Institute of Sports Medicine and Sport Science (1997-2000)
  • General Manager of High Performance Sport at Millennium Institute of Sport and Health, New Zealand
  • a Director on the original board established to set up the UK Institute of Sport in the late 90s.

Areas of expertise

  • Injury and return to play criteria
  • Monitoring training load
  • Over-training/reaching
  • Periodization
  • Statistics and research design
  • Tapering

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 5200

Recent publications

Recent refereed journal articles  

Lo, M., Aughey, R.J., Hopkins, W.G., Gill, N., and Stewart, A.M. (2019). The longest journeys in Super Rugby: 11 years of travel and performance indicators. Journal of Sports Sciences. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2019.1618533. (SCImago Q1).

Lo, M., Aughey, R.J., Hopkins, W.G., Gill, N., and Stewart, A.M. (2019). Out of your zone? 21 years of travel and performance in Super Rugby. Journal of Sports Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2019.1620427. (SCImago Q1).

Esmaeili, A., Hopkins, W.G., Stewart, A.M., Elias, G.P., Lazarus, B.H., and Aughey, R.J. (2018). The individual and combined effects of multiple factors on the risk of soft tissue non-contact injuries in elite team sport athletes. Frontiers in Physiology. DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2018.01280 (SCImago Q1).

Esmaeili, A., Stewart, A.M., Hopkins, W.G., Elias, G.P., Lazarus, B.H., Rowell, A.E., and Aughey, R.J. (2018). Normal variability of weekly musculoskeletal screening scores and the influence of training load across an Australian Football League season. Frontiers in Physiology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2018.00144 (SCImago Q1).

Lazarus, B.H., Stewart, A.M., White, K.M., Rowell, A.E., Esmaeili, A., Hopkins, W.G, and Aughey, R.J. (2017). Proposal of a global training load measure predicting match performance in an elite team sport. Frontiers in Physiology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2017.00930 (SCImago Q1).

Recent refereed chapters

Mujika, I., & Stewart, A.M. (2015) Tapering and its impact on performance.  In: The Science of Swimming Faster (Eds. S. Riewald, & S. Rodeo). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Chatard, J-C., & Stewart, A. M. (2011) Training load and performance. In: World Book of Swimming: From Science to Performance (Eds. L. Seifert, D. Chollet, & I. Mujika). New York, NY: Nova Science Publications.

Recent conference presentations

Howe, S.T, Aughey, R.J, Hopkins, W.G, Cavanagh, B., Stewart, A.M. (2019). Rugby union intensity-duration relationships: training and match day applications.
World Congress of Science and Football, Melbourne, Australia.

Wakayoshi, K., Akashi, K., Fukui, T., Stewart, A.M., and Tachi, M. (2019). Measurement of tethered swimming force and power for Japanese national water polo players by using an electromagnetic brake-type ergometer. The XIIIth International Symposium on Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming, Tsukuba, Japan.

Esmaeili, A., Hopkins, W.G., Stewart, A.M., Elias, G.P., Lazarus, B.H., and Aughey, R.J. (2018). The individual and combined effects of multiple factors on the risk of soft tissue non-contact injuries in elite team sport athletes. The 23rd Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Science (ECSS), Dublin, Ireland.

Lo, M, Aughey, R.J., Halson, S., Hopkins, W.G., Gill, N., and Stewart, A.M. The effects of match and travel on super rugby players: Is sleep the key? The 23rd Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Science (ECSS), Dublin, Ireland.

Howe, S.T., Aughey, R.J., Cavanagh, B.P., Hopkins, W.G., and Stewart, A.M.  (2017). Quantifying important differences in athlete movement during collision-based team sports: accelerometers outperform global positioning systems. IEEE Inertial Sensor Conference, Hawaii, USA.

Postgraduate research students & fellows

Completions

  • 9 PhD students (6 as Principal Supervisor, 3 as Associate Supervisor).
  • 44 Masters/Minor Thesis/Hons students (24 as Principal Supervisor, 20 as Associate Supervisor).

Current supervision

  • Principal Supervisor for 1 PhD student.
  • Associate Supervisor for 1 PhD student.

Research grants

Professor Stewart has been a leader of or contributor to numerous research and consultancy projects related in particular to high performance sport in Scotland, United Kingdom, USA, New Zealand, and Australia with a total funding income of ~ $AUD 2 million.

Professional memberships

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia