Pathways to the Podium Research Project

An investigation of the development of sport expertise

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Damian Farrow

Dr. Damian Farrow currently holds a joint appointment as Professor of Sport Science within the Victoria University Institute of Sport, Exercise, and Active Living (ISEAL), and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

Formerly a Lecturer in the School of Human Movement and Sports Science at the University of Ballarat (1995-1999), Damian completed his PhD in Perceptual-Motor Expertise at The University of Queensland (2001).  He was then appointed as the inaugural AIS Skill Acquisition Specialist (2002) and Discipline Head of Psychology and Skill Acquisition (2009), where he was responsible for research and support of coaches seeking to develop the skills of Australian athletes. He has worked with a range of AIS and National sports programs including the Australian Football League, Cricket Australia, Tennis Australia, Netball Australia, Swimming Australia and the Australian Rugby Union.

Damian publishes and presents extensively on his research interests, centred on understanding the factors critical to sport expertise and talent/skill development, with a specific focus on perceptual and decision-making skill and practice methodology. A former tennis coach and physical education teacher, Damian is passionate about community engagement through the translation of theory into practice via coach education and the publication of general interest sports science books including; "Run Like You Stole Something", "Why Dick Fosbury Flopped" and "It's True: Sport Stinks".

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