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Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Research design
  • Data analysis
  • Athletic performance

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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
2020 Phillips, K. E., & Hopkins, W. G. (201201). Determinants of Cycling Performance: a Review of the Dimensions and Features Regulating Performance in Elite Cycling Competitions. Sports Medicine - Open, 6(1),

doi: 10.1186/s40798-020-00252-z

2020 Patten, R. K., Boyle, R. A., Moholdt, T., Kiel, I., Hopkins, W. G., Harrison, C. L., & Stepto, N. K. (200707). Exercise Interventions in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Frontiers in Physiology, 11

doi: 10.3389/fphys.2020.00606

2020 Howe, S. T., Aughey, R. J., Hopkins, W. G., Cavanagh, B. P., & Stewart, A. M. (200701). Sensitivity, reliability and construct validity of GPS and accelerometers for quantifying peak periods of rugby competition. PLoS ONE, 15(7),

doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0236024

2020 Lee, M. JC., Ballantyne, J. K., Chagolla, J., Hopkins, W. G., Fyfe, J. J., Phillips, S. M., Bishop, D. J., & Bartlett, J. D. (200501). Order of same-day concurrent training influences some indices of power development, but not strength, lean mass, or aerobic fitness in healthy, moderately-active men after 9 weeks of training. PLoS ONE, 15(5),

doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0233134

2020 Li, F., Nie, J., Zhang, H., Fu, F., Yi, L., Hopkins, W., Liu, Y., & Lu, Y. (200131). Effects of Matched Intermittent and Continuous Exercise on Changes of Cardiac Biomarkers in Endurance Runners. Frontiers in Physiology, 11

doi: 10.3389/fphys.2020.00030

2020 Neville, R. D., Makopoulou, K., & Hopkins, W. G. (200102). Effect of an Inclusive Physical Education (IPE) Training Workshop on Trainee Teachers Self-Efficacy. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 91(1), (102-114).

doi: 10.1080/02701367.2019.1650877

2020 Lipinska, P., & Hopkins, W. G. (200101). Pacing Profiles and Competitive Performance of Elite Female 400-m Freestyle Swimmers. Journal of strength and conditioning research, 34(1), (218-224).

doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002187

2019 Zhou, C., Hopkins, W. G., Mao, W., Calvo, A. L., & Liu, H. (191101). Match performance of soccer teams in the Chinese super leagueeffects of situational and environmental factors. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(21),

doi: 10.3390/ijerph16214238

2019 Szumilewicz, A., Hopkins, W. G., Dornowski, M., & Piernicka, M. (191002). Exercise Professionals Improve Their Poor Skills in Contracting Pelvic-Floor Muscles: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 90(4), (641-650).

doi: 10.1080/02701367.2019.1642993

2019 Lo, M., Aughey, R. J., Hopkins, W. G., Gill, N., & Stewart, A. M. (190917). The longest journeys in Super Rugby: 11 years of travel and performance indicators. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37(18), (2045-2050).

doi: 10.1080/02640414.2019.1618533

Research funding for the past 5 years

Funding details for this researcher are currently unavailable.

Supervision of research students at VU

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Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
2 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (2) Principal supervisor


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