Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Decision-making & skill practice
  • Virtual reality
  • Team sport officiating
  • Career development: Sport management/Exercise & Sport science/PE/Human movement contexts

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Aden Kittel

Aden is a Lecturer in the College of Arts, Business, Law, Education and IT, and holds a Research Fellowship with the Institute for Health and Sport.

Aden completed his PhD in 2021, investigating decision-making assessment and development in Australian football umpires, with a particular emphasis on innovative technologies such as 360VR. Aden has presented at several international conferences, including receiving the Best Student Investigator Award at the World Congress on Science & Football (2019).

Future research interests include developing sports officials, implementing 360VR as a decision-making tool in other areas, and curriculum development in exercise and sports science.


  • BEXSS (University of Newcastle), Australia, 2015
  • BAPPSc (Hons) (Human Movement) (Victoria University), Australia, 2016
  • GradCert Higher Ed (Victoria University), Australia, 2021
  • PhD (Human Movement) (Victoria University), Australia, 2021

Key publications

Year Citation
2023 O'Brien, B., Siesmaa, E., Kittel, A., Larkin, P., Bell, L., & Worn, R. (231001). Australian Football Coaches Perceptions of Sport Science. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 26 (S112-S112).

doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2023.08.142

2023 Kittel, A., Spittle, M., Larkin, P., & Spittle, S. (230101). 360VR: Application for exercise and sport science education. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 5

doi: 10.3389/fspor.2023.977075

2023 Kittel, A., Stevens, C. J., Lindsay, R., Spittle, S., & Spittle, M. (230101). An overview of Australian exercise and sport science degrees. Frontiers in Education, 8

doi: 10.3389/feduc.2023.1125259

2023 Kittel, A., Elsworthy, N., & Spittle, M. (230101). The Effectiveness of Above Real Time Training for Developing Decision-Making Accuracy in Australian Football Umpires. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 94(1), (64-72).

doi: 10.1080/02701367.2021.1939843

2023 Lindsay, R. S., Larkin, P., Kittel, A., & Spittle, M. (230101). Mental imagery training programs for developing sport-specific motor skills: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 28(4), (444-465).

doi: 10.1080/17408989.2021.1991297

2022 Larkin, P., Bonney, N., Dugdale, J., Kittel, A., & Reeves, M. (221230). Exploring Talent Identification in Australian Rules Football: The Nuances of the Athlete Recruitment Process. Journal of Expertise, 5(4), (1-15).
2022 Kittel, A., Spittle, M., Stevens, C., & Spittle, S. (221101). A snapshot of content delivery in Australian Exercise and Sport Science undergraduate programs. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 25 (S17-S17).

doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2022.09.147

2022 Lindsay, R., Kittel, A., & Spittle, M. (220426). Motor Imagery and Action Observation: A Case for the Integration of 360VR. Frontiers in Psychology, 13

doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.880185

2022 Kittel, A., Lindsay, R., Larkin, P., & Spittle, M. (220101). The application of 360VR for training sports officials: a constraints-led approach. Managing Sport and Leisure,

doi: 10.1080/23750472.2022.2126995

2021 Roche, L., Kittel, A., Cunningham, I., & Rolland, C. (211101). 360 Video Integration in Teacher Education: A SWOT Analysis. Frontiers in Education, 6

doi: 10.3389/feduc.2021.761176

Research funding for the past 5 years

Funding details for this researcher are currently unavailable.

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Aden is the coordinator of all Career Development and Employability Units: SSM3003 Career Development and Employability 2, SSM2003 Ethics in Sport Management and Active Recreation, and SSM3104 Research and Evaluation in Sport.

He has extensive teaching experience across the following units: SPE2004 Growth and Motor Development, SHE1002 Growth Development and Ageing, SCL1001 Personal Training, AHE2127 Motor Learning, SPE2100 Biophysical Perspectives on Movement, SPE1200 Applied Movement Science, SHE1001 Nutrition and Health for Physical Education, SPE3006 Sports Ethics, AHE3200 Professional Ethics, and SSM3104 Research and Evaluation in Sport.

He has previusly taught AHE3120 Exercise Science Career Development, SSM2002 Career Development and Employability 1, and coordinated SPE1100 Principles of Movement Development.


Year Award

Best Student Investigator - World Congress on Science and Football 2019

Keynote and invited speeches

Year Title/Description

Assessing the level of transfer of video modes to in-game decision-making performance in the sport of football.

Oral Presentation at the Australian Sport Officiating Online Summit, 2020.