Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Skill acquisition
  • Motor learning
  • Motor development
  • Physical Education
  • Motor control

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Michael Spittle

Michael Spittle is Associate Professor in Motor Learning and Physical Education, in the College of Sport and Exercise Science. He is also a Research Associate in the Institute for Health and Sport (IHES) at Victoria University (VU).

He teaches and researches in the areas of motor learning, skill acquisition and motor development at VU, and has previously held academic positions at the University of Ballarat and Deakin University.

Michael has an undergraduate degree and honours in physical education and a PhD in motor learning and skill acquisition. He has also completed graduate study in psychological studies and education.

In addition to being an author of numerous journal articles and conference publications, he has written several textbooks on skill acquisition in physical education and sport.

He has conducted a number of funded research projects, contract research, and evaluation projects in physical education, exercise, sport and movement contexts with a range of industry partners.

Michael's research focuses on the learning and development of skills, including in areas such as instructional approaches, instruction in physical education and sport, pre-service physical education teacher training, practice conditions, player development, mental practice and imagery, decision-making, and feedback.

Qualifications

  • BAppSc Physical Education Honours (VicMelb)
  • GradDip Psychological Studies (Deakin)
  • GradCert Higher Ed (Deakin)
  • MEd (Deakin)
  • PhD (VicMelb)

Key publications

Year Citation
2013 Spittle, M. (130101). Motor learning and skill acquisition: Applications for Physical Education and Sport. Palgrave Macmillan Australia.

Year Citation
2019 Kittel, A., Elsworthy, N., & Spittle, M. (190102). Incorporating perceptual decision-making training into high-intensity interval training for Australian football umpires. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37(1), (29-35).

doi: 10.1080/02640414.2018.1480257

2018 Breed, R., Mills, O., & Spittle, M. (180308). Can Video-based Perceptual-cognitive Tests Differentiate Between Skill Level, Player Position, and Experience in Elite Australian Football?. Journal of Expertise, 1(1), (79-93).
2018 Larkin, P., Mesagno, C., Berry, J., Spittle, M., & Harvey, J. (180201). Video-based training to improve perceptual-cognitive decision-making performance of Australian football umpires. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36(3), (239-246).

doi: 10.1080/02640414.2017.1298827

2017 Gastin, P. B., Allan, M. D., Bellesini, K., & Spittle, M. (171001). Rule modification in junior sport: Does it create differences in player movement?. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 20(10), (937-942).

doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2017.02.009

2017 Cronin, J., Harrison, C., Lloyd, R. S., & Spittle, M. (170401). Modifying games for improved aerobic fitness and skill acquisition in youth. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 39(2), (82-88).

doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000283

2017 Frazer, A. K., Williams, J., Spittle, M., & Kidgell, D. J. (170401). Cross-education of muscular strength is facilitated by homeostatic plasticity. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 117(4), (665-677).

doi: 10.1007/s00421-017-3538-8

2017 Frazer, A., Kidgell, D., Spittle, M., & Williams, J. (170301). P284 Bilateral effects of unilateral anodal tDCS on motor cortex plasticity and the cross-transfer of strength. Clinical Neurophysiology, 128(3), (e149-e149).

doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2016.10.392

2016 Spittle, M., & Spittle, S. (160526). Content of curriculum in physical education teacher education: expectations of undergraduate physical education students. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 44(3), (257-273).

doi: 10.1080/1359866X.2015.1080813

2016 Fox, A. S., Bonacci, J., McLean, S. G., Spittle, M., & Saunders, N. (160501). A Systematic Evaluation of Field-Based Screening Methods for the Assessment of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury Risk. Sports Medicine, 46(5), (715-735).

doi: 10.1007/s40279-015-0443-3

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Evaluation of the Supporting Victorian Sport and Recreation Program delivered by ACHPER Victoria
From: Australian Council for Health Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)
Investigators: Dr Sharna Spittle
For period: 2017-2018
Not disclosed

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
2 PhD Associate supervisor
2 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (2) Associate supervisor
PhD (2) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor
1 PhD Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (1) Principal supervisor

Other supervision of research students

Michael has supervised a number of honours and postgraduate research students at Victoria University, and in his previous positions including Deakin University, and Federation University (the University of Ballarat). He is currently an external supervisor of students at Deakin University, Federation University, and in the College of Arts and Education at VU. Michael has successfully supervised over 30 honours theses, 1 Masters, and 5 PhD theses

Teaching activities & experience

Co-Course Chair Bachelor of Fitness

Co-Course Chair Bachelor of Physical Education and Sport Science

Unit Convener AHE2127 Motor Learning

Unit Convener SPE1200 Applied Movement Science

 

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jan 2012 - Dec 2013
Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning - Exercise and Sport Science)
Deakin University
Jan 2009 - Dec 2013
Associate Professor
Deakin University
Jan 2002 - Dec 2008
Senior Lecturer
University of Ballarat
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2012 -
Dec 2013
Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning - Exercise and Sport Science)
Deakin University
Jan 2009 -
Dec 2013
Associate Professor
Deakin University
Jan 2002 -
Dec 2008
Senior Lecturer
University of Ballarat

Professional memberships

  • Member, ACHPER
  • Member, Sports Medicine Australia