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

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Athlete Wearable Technology
  • Altitude training
  • Injury risk factors in sport
  • Monitoring training load

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Rob Aughey

Rob is an expert in the design, monitoring and interpretation of training and training load in athletes built over two decades as an applied sport scientist and coach.

Rob leads Victoria University’s work with FIFA in validating athlete tracking systems and their assessment against a professional standard – the first of its type in the world. Rob currently works closely with FIFA, the AFL, professional football teams in the AFL and Super Rugby whilst satisfying his training design and interpretation urges working with elite rowers, cyclists and swimmers through multiple projects with the Victorian Institute of Sport. Rob has obtained nearly $3 million in competitive research funding, has supervised 15 PhD students to successful completions, has over 80 publications and an H-index of 28.

Qualifications

  • BAppSci (Physical Education), RMIT University
  • PhD, Victoria University

Key publications

Year Citation
2018 Esmaeili, A., Hopkins, W. G., Stewart, A. M., Elias, G. P., Lazarus, B. H., & Aughey, R. J. (180921). The individual and combined effects of multiple factors on the risk of soft tissue non-contact injuries in elite team sport athletes. Frontiers in Physiology, 9(SEP),

doi: 10.3389/fphys.2018.01280

2018 Lazarus, B. H., Hopkins, W. G., Stewart, A. M., & Aughey, R. J. (180201). Factors affecting match outcome in elite Australian football: A 14-year analysis. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 13(2), (140-144).

doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2016-0450

2017 Sweeting, A. J., Cormack, S. J., Morgan, S., & Aughey, R. J. (170101). When is a sprint a sprint? A review of the analysis of team-sport athlete activity profile. Frontiers in Physiology, 8(JUN),

doi: 10.3389/fphys.2017.00432

2016 Mathew, M. W., Billaut, F., Walker, E. J., Petersen, A. C., Sweeting, A. J., & Aughey, R. J. (161103). Heavy resistance training in hypoxia enhances 1RM squat performance. Frontiers in Physiology, 7(NOV),

doi: 10.3389/fphys.2016.00502

2016 Walker, E. J., McAinch, A. J., Sweeting, A., & Aughey, R. J. (160201). Inertial sensors to estimate the energy expenditure of team-sport athletes. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 19(2), (177-181).

doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2015.01.013

2016 Inness, M. WH., Billaut, F., & Aughey, R. J. (160101). Team-sport athletes' improvement of performance on the yo-yo intermittent recovery test level 2, but not of time-trial performance, with intermittent hypoxic training. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 11(1), (15-21).

doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2014-0246

2014 Garvican, L. A., Hammond, K., Varley, M. C., Gore, C. J., Billaut, F., & Aughey, R. J. (140101). Lower running performance and exacerbated fatigue in soccer played at 1600 m. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 9(3), (397-404).

doi: 10.1123/IJSPP.2012-0375

2014 Aughey, R. J., Goodman, C. A., & McKenna, M. J. (140101). Greater chance of high core temperatures with modified pacing strategy during team sport in the heat. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 17(1), (113-118).

doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2013.02.013

2013 Aughey, R. J., Hammond, K., Varley, M. C., Schmidt, W. F., Bourdon, P. C., Buchheit, M., Simpson, B., Garvican-Lewis, L. A., Kley, M., & Soria, R. (131201). Soccer activity profile of altitude versus sea-level natives during acclimatisation to 3600 m (ISA3600). British Journal of Sports Medicine, 47(SUPPL. 1),

doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2013-092776

2013 Buchheit, M., Simpson, B. M., Schmidt, W. F., Aughey, R. J., Soria, R., Hunt, R. A., Garvican-Lewis, L. A., Pyne, D. B., Gore, C. J., & Bourdon, P. C. (131201). Predicting sickness during a 2-week soccer camp at 3600 m (ISA3600). British Journal of Sports Medicine, 47(SUPPL. 1),

doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2013-092757

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.

Safety, validity and reproducibility of performance and tracking systems Testing
From: FIFA
Investigators: Dr Matthew Varley, Dr Fabio Serpiello, Dr Grant Duthie, Aspr Samuel Robertson, Dr Kevin Ball
For period: 2016-2017
Not disclosed

The development and deployment of load monitoring techniques in netball - AIS PhD Program Scholarship
From: Netball Australia Limited, Australian Institute of Sport
For period: 2013-2016
$14,099
Effects of Endura™ Rehydration formula on Recovery from Endurance Exercise in the Heat
From: Health World Limited
For period: 2013-2014
$43,956

Training load to enhance soccer athlete performance - Joint scholarship
From: Melbourne Victory Football Club
For period: 2012-2015
$5,500
Nutritional supplements to enhance team-sport athlete skill performance and decision making in extreme environments.
From: Australian Institute of Sport
Investigators: Prof Nigel Stepto, Dr Derek Panchuk
For period: 2012-2014
$20,400
Competition at Altitude - Performance Change and Timecourse of Adaptation
From: Australian Sports Commission (ASC)
For period: 2012-2014
$112,500
Competition at altitude - Performance Decrement and Time course of adaptation
From: Australian Sports Commission (ASC)
For period: 2012-2014
$10,742
Optimal altitude training regime to enhance Australian football athlete performance - Joint Scholarship
From: Western Bulldogs
For period: 2012-2014
$6,250

VU-Western Bulldogs Postgraduate Research Scholarship
From: Western Bulldogs
Investigators: Prof Andrew Mcainch
For period: 2011-2013
$11,000

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
8 PhD Principal supervisor
5 PhD Associate supervisor
2 Masters by Research Associate supervisor
6 PhD Principal supervisor
3 PhD Associate supervisor
2 Masters by Research Associate supervisor
6 PhD Principal supervisor
3 PhD Associate supervisor
2 Masters by Research Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (8) Principal supervisor
PhD (5) Associate supervisor
Masters by Research (2) Associate supervisor
PhD (6) Principal supervisor
PhD (3) Associate supervisor
Masters by Research (2) Associate supervisor
PhD (6) Principal supervisor
PhD (3) Associate supervisor
Masters by Research (2) Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
5 PhD Principal supervisor
2 PhD Associate supervisor
7 PhD Principal supervisor
4 PhD Associate supervisor
7 PhD Principal supervisor
4 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (5) Principal supervisor
PhD (2) Associate supervisor
PhD (7) Principal supervisor
PhD (4) Associate supervisor
PhD (7) Principal supervisor
PhD (4) Associate supervisor

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jan 2016 - Dec 2017
Director of Research (College of Sport & Exercise Science)
Victoria University
Jan 2015 - Dec 2015
Director of Research operations (College of Sport & Exercise Science)
Victoria University
Jul 2006 - Dec 2013
Senior Sport Scientist
Western Bulldogs Football Club
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2016 -
Dec 2017
Director of Research (College of Sport & Exercise Science)
Victoria University
Jan 2015 -
Dec 2015
Director of Research operations (College of Sport & Exercise Science)
Victoria University
Jul 2006 -
Dec 2013
Senior Sport Scientist
Western Bulldogs Football Club

Awards

Year Award
2016

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for sustained excellence in research training - Victoria University

2013

President's Award for Outstanding Servcie - Western Bulldogs Football Club

Invited keynote speeches

Year Title/Description
2018

The safety, validity and reproducibility of performance and tracking systems.

FIFA

2016

Integrating Heat and Hypoxia into Your Training Program: How Not to Train Like a Kardashian. Form Versus Fashion.

Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ) Conference

2015

What do you mean non-responder?

The Fifth International Conference on Altitude Training. Beijing Sport University, China

2018

Altitude training for strength, power and endurance.

Beijing Sport University, China

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Media appearances

02nd November 2014

Interview on changed heat policy at Australian Open.

ABC television news interview

14th March 2013

Target dodgy behaviour first says AFL sports scientist

AFL Website Interview - interviewed in regards sport science practice in AFL as President of AFLSSA