Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Research design
  • Data analysis
  • Athletic performance

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About William Hopkins

Will Hopkins came to sport science via maths and physics (BSc), Russian (BA), cell biology (MSc), neurophysiology (PhD), and primary-school teaching (briefly!) and a post-doc in Oxford.

Will is interested in factors affecting sport performance and in the design, analysis and presentation of research generally. He was a visiting scholar at the Australian Institute of Sport for the last decade of its golden era (2001-2012), which contributed to his impressive citation statistics (32,750 citations, H index of 85).

He now has a part-time professorial appointment with Victoria University in Melbourne.

He has his own journal site, Sportscience (, devoted to research resources and conference reports.

He is best known for rejecting statistical significance and replacing it with a clinically and practically more relevant method of inference based on uncertainty in the magnitude of effects.

He lives in Auckland NZ in semi-retirement.


  • PhD, University of Otago, New Zealand, 1971
  • MSc (1st Class), University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1973
  • BA, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1971
  • BSC, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1969
  • Dip Teach, Dunedin Teacher's College, 1977

Key publications

Year Citation
2023 Pueo, B., Hopkins, W. G., Penichet-Tomas, A., & Jimenez-Olmedo, J. M. (230101). Accuracy of flight time and countermovement-jump height estimated from videos at different frame rates with MyJump. Biology of Sport, 40(2), (595-601).

doi: 10.5114/BIOLSPORT.2023.118023

2022 Hopkins, W. G. (220905). Replacing statistical significance and non-significance with better approaches to sampling uncertainty. Frontiers in Physiology, 13

doi: 10.3389/fphys.2022.962132

2022 Neville, R. D., Lakes, K. D., Hopkins, W. G., Tarantino, G., Draper, C. E., Beck, R., & Madigan, S. (220901). Global Changes in Child and Adolescent Physical Activity during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatrics, 176(9), (886-894).

doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2022.2313

2022 Li, F., Hopkins, W. G., & Lipinska, P. (220817). Population, economic and geographic predictors of nations' medal tallies at the Pyeongchang and Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 4

doi: 10.3389/fspor.2022.931817

2022 Howe, S. T., Aughey, R. J., Hopkins, W. G., & Stewart, A. M. (220501). Modeling Professional Rugby Union Peak Intensity-Duration Relationships Using a Power Law. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 17(5), (780-786).

doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2021-0337

2022 Li, F., & Hopkins, W. G. (220426). Rule Changes to Increase Shared Medal Winning at the Olympics. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 4

doi: 10.3389/fspor.2022.885640

2022 Holt, A. C., Siegel, R., Ball, K., Hopkins, W. G., & Aughey, R. (220401). Prediction of 2000-m on-water rowing performance with measures derived from instrumented boats. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 32(4), (710-719).

doi: 10.1111/sms.14125

2022 Lo, M., Aughey, R. J., Hopkins, W. G., Gill, N., & Stewart, A. M. (220201). The impact of matches and travel on rugby players sleep, wellness and training. PLoS ONE, 17(2 February),

doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0261517

2021 Wilczyska, D., ysak-Radomska, A., Podczarska-Gowacka, M., Skrobot, W., Krasowska, K., Perzanowska, E., Dancewicz, T., Lipiska, P., & Hopkins, W. G. (211201). The effectiveness of psychological workshops for coaches on well-being and psychomotor performance of children practicing football and gymnastics. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 20(4), (586-593).

doi: 10.52082/jssm.2021.586

2021 Holt, A. C., Hopkins, W. G., Aughey, R. J., Siegel, R., Rouillard, V., & Ball, K. (211112). Concurrent Validity of Power From Three On-Water Rowing Instrumentation Systems and a Concept2 Ergometer. Frontiers in Physiology, 12

doi: 10.3389/fphys.2021.758015

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

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Principal supervisor


Details of this Researcher's career are currently unavailable.