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AFL experts - Victoria University

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26 March 2009

AFL experts - Victoria University

With the highly awaited start to the 2009 AFL season tonight, Victoria University advises that it has a stable of experts who are available for interview to comment on a range of AFL issues.

Areas of expertise include: sports physiology and fitness; rehabilitation; football club and fan culture; football history; club and code law; the political economy of football; ethics in sport; sports psychology; violence in sport; drugs in sport; racism, sexuality and homophobia in football; and football writing, journalism, broadcasting and commentary.

Experts and contact details:

Dr Rob Aughey ­- Lecturer in sports physiology in the School of Sport and Exercise Science, Sport scientist with the Western Bulldogs Football Club

Areas of expertise: Dr Aughey is an authority on the physiology of Australian Rules football. Rob has been employed for three years as the Sport Scientist at the Western Bulldogs Football club. He has, and currently is, undertaking research into all aspects of the physiology of Australian Football, including: optimising warm-ups; measuring physical performance in matches through the application of micro-technology; the effect of heat on player performance; enhanced recovery practices; measuring fatigue after matches; or interventions such as altitude or supplement use. Rob is an experienced media commentator and has appeared in various print, radio and television outlets. Rob also conducts annual fitness testing on behalf of AFL Victoria on all of the elite U18 footballers in the TAC Cup competition. He also co-ordinates an annual football history essay competition. Rob has also undertaken laboratory fitness testing for other AFL clubs, and is an active member of the AFL Sport Science Advisory Group.

Contact details: 9919 5551; 0448 153 597

Dr Rob Hess ­- Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport and Exercise Science

Areas of expertise: Dr Hess is an authority on the history of Australian Rules football and was the first academic to complete a PhD devoted exclusively to the history of the code. His most recent book is the co-authored A National Game: The History of Australian Rules Football, published by Penguin/Viking in 2008. He has also written extensively about the 'secret' history of female players and the 'hidden' ethnic dimensions of the game, especially the longstanding involvement of the Chinese community in the code.  Rob is an experienced media commentator and has appeared in various print, radio and television outlets.  As convenor of the Football Research Collective, Rob also has insights into the research interests of dozens of football scholars working throughout Australia, and on behalf of the Victorian Amateur Football Association he also co-ordinates an annual football history essay competition. For further biographical details and a full list of publications, see http://www.staff.vu.edu.au/RobHess/

Contact details: 9919 4062

Dr Bob Stewart - Associate Professor in the School of Sport and Exercise Science

Areas of expertise: Dr Stewart has written extensively on the commercial and managerial progress of Australian Rules football. He is a co-author A National Game: The History of Australian Rules Football, published by Penguin/Viking in 2008, and the editor of The Games are not the Same: The Political Economy of Football in Australia published by MUP in 2007. Bob has also written on football fandom and the ways in which fan attitudes and behaviours have changed over the past 30 years. Bob is currently researching the drug-use-in-sport problem - with a special focus on football, in partnership with the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) and the Turning Point Drug Treatment Centre (TP). More details on the research project can be found at the following website: www.drugsinsport.org

Contact details: 9919 3263

Dr Matthew Klugman - Lecturer in the School of Sport and Exercise Science

Areas of expertise: Dr Klugman is writing a book on the passions of Aussie Rules football fans, and has published a number of related papers including "Loves, Suffering and Identification: the Passions of Australian Football League Fans", and " 'Each time I'm reminded of it, I feel as though I need therapy': Australian Football, Tragedies and the Question of Catharsis". Matthew is also working on a number of projects, including: the history of images of the Indigenous Australian Football League (AFL) player Nicky Winmar pointing to his skin; establishing a sustainable membership base for the Western Bulldogs; straight-identifying footy fans who eroticise footy players; and a comparison of AFL fans in Melbourne and soccer fans in Rome. Other research interests include football and religion, the history of football fandom, and football and sexuality. Matthew is an experienced media commentator and has appeared in various print and radio outlets

Contact Details: 9919 5979

Dr Dennis Hemphill - Associate Professor in Sport Ethics and Head of the School of Sport and Exercise Science

Area of Expertise: Dr Hemphill's research interests in football include: violence, injuries and player welfare; the ethics of drug use and control; and practical ethics for coaching young footballers. Dennis has experience in print, radio and television media on ethical issues related to football and sport in general.

Contact details: 9919 4486

Professor Robert Pascoe - Professor and Dean Laureate

Areas of expertise: Dr Pascoe is a Professor of History at VU and the author of The Winter Game (1995), a social history of the game as played throughout Australia. He is working on a history of football in colonial Melbourne with Dr Mark Pennings of QUT. He writes about the fans, about Anzac Day, about football and the community, and football's own fictional quality, 'the trope of the torp', as he likes to call it. Rob is an experienced media commentator who has appeared in print, and on radio and television.

Contact details: 0418 173 815

Dr Matt Harvey - Lecturer in law

Areas of expertise: Dr Harvey has been studying football since 1972 and is a Carlton supporter. He is a lecturer in the Victoria Law School with primary expertise in Constitutional Law and European Union Law and is able to apply this expertise to the study of football, especially its governance and politics. In addition to delivering a research seminar "Football and Law" in 2008, he is working on a football governance project.

Contact Details: 9919 1838

Dr Tom Clark - Lecturer in public relations and professional writing

Areas of expertise: Dr Clark teaches in public relations, professional writing, and literary studies. His published research into rhetoric and writing style includes detailed analyses of sports commentary and journalism, with a particular interest in the poetic qualities of "sports talk" and its attendant clich├ęs.

Contact Details: 9919 2196

 

Media contacts:

Jim Buckell, A/Senior Media Officer

Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University

Ph: (03) 9919 4243; mobile: 0400 465 459; email: jim.buckell@vu.edu.au

 

Andy Gash, A/Media Manager

Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University

Ph: (03) 9919 4950; mobile: 0411 255 900; email: media@vu.edu.au

 

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