Nathan is a lecturer in the College of Sport and Exercise Science. He completed his undergraduate studies and honours research project at The University of Newcastle. 

He has recently completed his PhD examining the “Factors influencing the physiological and perceptual decision-making demands of Australian football umpires”.

Nathan’s research has primarily focused on the match demands of Australian football umpiring and developing training methods to improve match decision-making performance. 

Recent publications

Elsworthy, N., Burke, D., & Dascombe, B. (2016). Physical and psychomotor performance of Australian football and rugby league officials during a match simulation. Journal of Sports Sciences. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1057208

Elsworthy, N., Burke, D., & Dascombe, B. J. (2014). Factors relating to the decision-making performance of Australian football officials. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 14, 401-410.

Elsworthy, N., Burke, D., Scott, B. R., Stevens, C. J., & Dascombe, B. J. (2014). Physical and decision-making demands of Australian football umpires during competitive matches. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28(12), 3502-3507.

Scott, B. R., Dascombe, B. J.,Delaney, J. A., Elsworthy, N., Lockie, R. G., Sculley, D. V., & Slattery, K. M. (2014) The validity and reliability of a customized rigid supportive harness during Smith Machine back squat exercise. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 28(3), 636-642.

Elsworthy, N., & Dascombe, B. J. (2011). The match demands of Australian rules football umpires in a state-based competition. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 6(4), 559-571.

Teaching responsibilities


Areas of expertise

  • Perception and Decision making
  • Skill acquisition
  • Team sport officiating

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