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

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Applied Sports Science
  • Sport Analytics
  • Athlete tracking
  • Decision Support Systems

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Samuel Robertson

Sam leads the Sports Performance & Business program within the Institute for Health and Sport. He oversees a number of the university's sports knowledge exchange partnerships, including those with Western Bulldogs. Sam supervises co-appointed staff, PhD and Honours students, as well as implementing innovative performance strategies with these partners.

Prior to arriving at the university, Sam worked as a sport scientist in various institute roles in both Australia and the United Kingdom. He returned to Australia to undertake multiple applied roles in Australian football and golf.

He completed his PhD at Edith Cowan University in skill acquisition & talent identification as part of his role in Research and Innovation with the Golf Australia High Performance program. Prior to commencing at VU, Sam also held an ongoing position as the Lecturer in Biomechanics at Deakin University.

Sam maintains a variety of research interests related to improving sporting performance. Most notably, he focuses on the application of sports analytics to sports performance problems, and has a particularly interest in improving the decision-making and skill development of both athletes and organisations.

Qualifications

  • PhD
  • MSc

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Robertson, S., Spencer, B., Back, N., & Farrow, D. (190603). A rule induction framework for the determination of representative learning design in skilled performance. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37(11), (1280-1285).

doi: 10.1080/02640414.2018.1555905

2018 Woods, C. T., Robertson, S., Collier, N. F., Swinbourne, A. L., & Leicht, A. S. (180301). Transferring an Analytical Technique from Ecology to the Sport Sciences. Sports Medicine, 48(3), (725-732).

doi: 10.1007/s40279-017-0775-2

2018 Robertson, S., & Joyce, D. (180201). Evaluating strategic periodisation in team sport. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36(3), (279-285).

doi: 10.1080/02640414.2017.1300315

2018 Corbett, D. M., Bartlett, J. D., O connor, F., Back, N., Torres-Ronda, L., & Robertson, S. (180102). Development of physical and skill training drill prescription systems for elite Australian Rules football. Science and Medicine in Football, 2(1), (51-57).

doi: 10.1080/24733938.2017.1381344

2017 Robertson, S., Kremer, P., Aisbett, B., Tran, J., & Cerin, E. (171201). Consensus on measurement properties and feasibility of performance tests for the exercise and sport sciences: a Delphi study. Sports Medicine - Open, 3(1),

doi: 10.1186/s40798-016-0071-y

2017 Woods, C. T., Robertson, S., & Collier, N. F. (171002). Evolution of game-play in the Australian Football League from 2001 to 2015. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35(19), (1879-1887).

doi: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1240879

2017 Spencer, B., Robertson, S., & Morgan, S. (170704). Modelling within-team relative phase couplings using position derivatives in Australian rules football. Mathematical and Computer Modelling of Dynamical Systems, 23(4), (372-383).

doi: 10.1080/13873954.2017.1336732

2017 Farrow, D., & Robertson, S. (170601). Development of a Skill Acquisition Periodisation Framework for High-Performance Sport. Sports Medicine, 47(6), (1043-1054).

doi: 10.1007/s40279-016-0646-2

2017 Robertson, S., Bartlett, J. D., & Gastin, P. B. (170401). Red, amber, or green? athlete monitoring in team sport: The need for decision-support systems. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 12 (73-79).

doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2016-0541

2017 Bartlett, J. D., O'Connor, F., Pitchford, N., Torres-Ronda, L., & Robertson, S. J. (170201). Relationships between internal and external training load in team-sport athletes: Evidence for an individualized approach. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 12(2), (230-234).

doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0791

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.

An Evaluation Framework for Referees in Professional Football
From: Professional Referee Organisation
Investigators: Dr Damian Farrow
For period: 2019-2022
Not disclosed

FIFA EPTS Phase 2: VICON Analysis
From: FIFA
Investigators: Dr Kevin Ball, Prof Robert Aughey
For period: 2018-2019
Not disclosed
FIFA EPTS Phase 2: Data Collection and Vision Kit Analysis
From: FIFA
Investigators: Dr Kevin Ball, Prof Robert Aughey, Dr Fabio Serpiello
For period: 2018-2019
Not disclosed
A model for decision-making in team sport complex systems (Phase 2) User insights into human physical performance via sensor & vision integration
From: CHAMPION DATA PTY LTD, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (Commonwealth)
Investigators: Dr Damian Farrow
For period: 2018-2019
$95,043
PhD Western Bulldogs Top-Up Scholarship - Classification of strength and power based movements in an indoor training facility using wearable technologies - Karl Trounson s4598123
From: Western Bulldogs
Investigators: Dr Damian Farrow
For period: 2018-2021
Not disclosed
PhD Western Bulldogs Top-Up Scholarship - Altering expectations as reference points in high-performance sport - Elissa Denton s4598635
From: Western Bulldogs
Investigators: Dr Damian Farrow
For period: 2018-2021
Not disclosed
PhD Western Bulldogs Top-Up Scholarship -The application of wearable technology for analysis of Women's Australian Football kicking during training and competition - Emily Cust s4547419
From: Western Bulldogs
Investigators: Dr Damian Farrow
For period: 2018-2020
Not disclosed

A model for decision-making in team sport complex systems: Using analytics to explain what humans can't!
From: CHAMPION DATA PTY LTD
Investigators: Dr Hua Wang, Dr Damian Farrow
For period: 2017-2018
$48,226

Safety, validity and reproducibility of performance and tracking systems Testing
From: FIFA
Investigators: Dr Matthew Varley, Prof Robert Aughey, Dr Fabio Serpiello, Dr Grant Duthie, Dr Kevin Ball
For period: 2016-2017
Not disclosed
Data to decisions: Data science that informs decision making and policy development in elite tennis.
From: Tennis Australia
Investigators: Dr Stephanie Kovalchik, Dr Damian Farrow
For period: 2016-2019
$180,631

Benchmarking talent development in the AFL system.
From: Australian Football League
Investigators: Dr Damian Farrow, Dr Kevin Ball, Aspr Daryl Marchant
For period: 2015-2018
$167,320
Schedule 10 - PhD Scholarship: An investigation into the spatiotemporal patterns of player and ball movement with relation to possession outcomes in elite Australian Rules football
From: Western Bulldogs
Investigators: Dr Jonathan Bartlett
For period: 2015-2019
$6,250

2014 - 2017 Sport Science Research and Knowledge Exchange Collaboration
From: Western Bulldogs
Investigators: Prof Warren Payne, Prof Michael Mckenna
For period: 2013-2017
$1,871,930

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 Masters by Research Associate supervisor
1 Masters by Research Principal supervisor
13 PhD Principal supervisor
1 PhD Withdrawn supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (1) Associate supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Principal supervisor
PhD (13) Principal supervisor
PhD (1) Withdrawn supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
3 PhD Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (3) Principal supervisor

Careers

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