Dr Paul Larkin
Paul is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working for Victoria University, the Australian Football League and the Northern Territory Institute of Sport.
His research is primarily based on talent identification and development, with a particular interest in the development of decision-making and how coaches influence athlete learning.
Tim was a First-Class Honours graduate from the University of Western Australia and was awarded his PhD at the University of Ballarat in skill acquisition.
Refereed journal articles
O’Connor, D., Larkin, P., & Williams, A.M. (2017). Observations of youth football training in Australia. How do coaches structure training sessions for player development? Journal of Sports Sciences. 1-9.
Huxley, D. J., O’Connor, D., & Larkin, P. (2017). The pathway to the top: Key factors and influences in the development of Australian Olympic and World Championship Track and Field athletes. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. 1-12.
Larkin, P., O’Connor, D., & Williams, A.M. (2016). Does Grit influence sport-specific engagement and perceptual-cognitive expertise in elite youth soccer? Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 28(2), 129-138.
Larkin, P., Mesagno, C., Berry, J., & Spittle, M. (2016). Exploration of the perceptual-cognitive processes that contribute to in-game decision-making of Australian football umpires. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
O’Connor, D., Larkin, P., & Williams, A.M. (2016). Talent identification and selection: An Australian elite youth football context. European Journal of Sports Science.
O’Connor, D., & Larkin, P. (2017). Coaching practice and player development. In J. Bangsbo, P. Krustrup, P. Hansen, L. Ottensen, G. Pfister, & A. M. Elbe (Eds), Science and Football VIII (pp. 210-220). London, UK: Routledge.
O’Connor, D., & Larkin, P. (2015). Decision making and tactical knowledge, an Australian perspective to their development in youth players. In T. Favero, B. Drust, & B. Dawson (Eds), International Research in Science and Soccer II, (pp. 204-214).USA: Routledge.
O’Connor, D., & Larkin, P. (2015). Decision-making for Rugby. In K. Till & B. Jones (Eds). The Science of Sport: Rugby (pp. 102-112). Marlborough: Crowood Press.
Mesagno, C., Geukes, K., & Larkin, P. (2015). Choking under pressure: A review of current debates, literature, and interventions. In S. Mellalieu & S. Hanton (Eds), Contemporary Advances in Sport Psychology: A Review (pp. 148-174).Oxon, UK: Routledge.
Elsworthy, N., McDonald, N., Kittel, A., Larkin, P., & Spittle, M. (2016). Speed influence on decision-making in elite Australian Football umpires. 2016 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport. Melbourne, Australia. October 12th-15th, 2016.
Larkin, P., & O’Connor, D. (2015). What makes an elite under 13 player? The attributes talent identifiers consider important for elite youth performance. World Congress on Science and Football. Copenhagen, Denmark. May 20th – 23th, 2015.
Paradis, K., Larkin, P., & O’Connor, D. (2015). The effects of physical exertion on decision-making performance of Australian football umpires. World Congress on Science and Football. Copenhagen, Denmark. May 20th – 23th, 2015.
Larkin, P., O’Connor, D., & Williams, A. M. (2014). Age related difference on elite junior players perception of decision-making skill and tactical knowledge. 4th World Conference on Science and Soccer. Portland, United States of America. June 5th – 7th, 2014.
Larkin, P., O’Connor, D., & Williams, A. M. (2014). What makes an elite junior footballer? The developmental activities of Australian elite junior football players. Asia-Pacific Football and Futsal Seminar. Melbourne, Australia. April 4th – 6th, 2014.
View Paul's full publication list in the Victoria University Research Repository.
Co-Supervisor of 1 Honours student and 1 Masters student
Appearances in the media
Bridging the Gap Podcast (2016, August 14). Does grit influence sport-specific engagement and perceptual-cognitive expertise in elite youth soccer? http://bridgingthegappodcast.libsyn.com/does-grit-influence-sport-specific-engagement-and-perceptual-cognitive-expertise-in-elite-youth-soccer
Jacks, T. (2014, November 23). New video technology to improve AFL umpires’ accuracy. The Age. http://www.theage.com.au/afl/new-video-technology-to-improve-afl-umpires...
SEN 1116 Sports Radio, Harf Time, October 30, 2014. Fit and Well: Umpire skill development. https://soundcloud.com/sen1116/harf-time-fit-well-with-paul-coburn-1
2HC 639am, Afternoons with Mike Welsh (October 2, 2014). Umpire decision-making development.
McGrath, G. (2013, May 21). Ballarat study aims to improve umpire accuracy. The Courier. http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/1517965/ballarat-study-aims-to-improv...
107.9 ABC Ballarat, The Conversation Hour (May 22, 2013). Umpire decision-making training.
Preiss, B. (2013, May 19). Aussie rules? It’s academic. The Age. http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/aussie-rules-its-academic-20130518...
Video Training improves decision-making. (2011, May 17). AFL Community. http://www.aflcommunityclub.com.au/index.php?id=53&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=33...
Areas of expertise
- Decision-making and technical skills in Team Sports
- Skill acquisition
- Talent Identification and Development
- Coach Education and Development