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 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
2021 Spittle, M. (210315). Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition Applications for Physical Education and Sport. Red Globe Press.

Year Citation
2022 Beseler, B., Mesagno, C., Spittle, M., Johnson, N. F., Harvey, J., Talpey, S., & Plumb, M. S. (220801). Validation of a Follow-Through Developmental Sequence for the Overarm Throw for Force in University Students. JOURNAL OF MOTOR LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT, 10(2), (309-327).

doi: 10.1123/jmld.2022-0010

2022 Lindsay, R. S., Oldham, A. RH., Drinkwater, E. J., Spittle, M., & Storey, A. G. (220101). Effects of personalised motor imagery on the development of a complex weightlifting movement. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 20(1), (57-78).

doi: 10.1080/1612197X.2020.1817124

2022 Lindsay, R. S., Komar, J., Chow, J. Y., Larkin, P., & Spittle, M. (220101). Is Prescription of Specific Movement Form Necessary for Optimal Skill Development? A Nonlinear Pedagogy Approach. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport,

doi: 10.1080/02701367.2022.2054925

2021 Spittle, M., Daley, E. G., & Gastin, P. B. (211101). Reasons for choosing an exercise and sport science degree: Attractors to exercise and sport science. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education, 29

doi: 10.1016/j.jhlste.2021.100330

2021 Fetisova, Y., Zois, J., Spittle, M., & Dawson, A. (210601). Coaches internal model of the tennis serve technique: Knowing or understanding?. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 16(3), (568-584).

doi: 10.1177/1747954120984879

2021 McNeil, D. G., Spittle, M., & Thorsteinsson, E. B. (210401). Effect of task complexity on ipsilateral motor response programming to physically presented and imagined stimuli. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 74(4), (760-770).

doi: 10.1177/1747021820973013

2021 McNeil, D. G., Spittle, M., & Mesagno, C. (210101). Imagery training for reactive agility: Performance improvements for decision time but not overall reactive agility. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 19(3), (429-445).

doi: 10.1080/1612197X.2019.1696866

2021 Kittel, A., Larkin, P., Elsworthy, N., & Spittle, M. (210101). Transfer of 360 virtual reality and match broadcast video-based tests to on-field decision-making. Science and Medicine in Football, 5(1), (79-86).

doi: 10.1080/24733938.2020.1802506

2021 Lindsay, R. S., Larkin, P., Kittel, A., & Spittle, M. (210101). Mental imagery training programs for developing sport-specific motor skills: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy,

doi: 10.1080/17408989.2021.1991297

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), ISEAL
Other investigators: Aspr 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
1 PhD Integrated Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD Integrated (1) Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
3 PhD Associate supervisor
2 PhD Principal supervisor
1 PhD by Publication Associate supervisor
1 PhD by Publication Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (3) Associate supervisor
PhD (2) Principal supervisor
PhD by Publication (1) Associate supervisor
PhD by Publication (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, Swinburne University, and Federation University. Michael has successfully supervised over 30 honours theses, one masters, and nine PhD theses.

Teaching activities & experience

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