About Track 

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TRACK helps organisations understand the performance of athletes, how to train those athletes more effectively for true sporting high performance whilst concurrently minimising injury risk.

 

The Support

TRACK works directly with International and National sporting organisations, including FIFA, the AFL, Tennis Australia and the National Basketball League. We are embedded in professional teams across each of the football codes in analytical, scientific and coaching roles. TRACK helps organisations understand the performance of athletes, how to train those athletes more effectively for true sporting high performance whilst concurrently minimising injury risk. We work at the forefront of the validation, application and understanding of movement quantified through technology.

 
 
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Our Team has over a century of combined work at the highest levels of sport,
and leaders in our respective scientific disciplines. Meet the Team at Track.

 
 
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Rob Aughey, PhD

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

Rob leads our 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.

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Sam Robertson, PhD

Sam specialises in applications of machine learning to practical problems in high performance sport.

This includes wrangling data obtained via wearable sensors, vision tracking and other athlete performance data. Sam also works on improving decision-making of athletes and organisations via analytics and is an Associate Professor of Sport Science at VU.

Sam works closely with Western Bulldogs, the Australian Football League, an NBA Team, Golf Australia amongst others.

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Kevin Ball, PhD

Kevin is an expert in sports biomechanics and movement tracking, having worked with Olympic athletes at the Australian Institute of Sport and as coach and sports scientist in professional AFL, NRL and super rugby teams.

Kevin is currently involved with player tracking with FIFA, AFL and rugby codes, hockey and netball, as well as using wearable technology to monitor technique in different sports.

Kevin is on the board of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport, is chairing the World Congress of Science and Football and heads up the Data Analytics and Technology research group at Victoria University.

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Hans Westerbeek, PhD

Hans has been a researcher and consultant to international sport organisations and businesses for over 20 years. He is also a Professor of International Sport Business and holds academic appointments in Melbourne (at Victoria University), Beijing, Madrid and Brussels.

His expertise is in strategic marketing and management, and in Track his focus is on which data sources are critical in building sport business intelligence and insights. He has worked for State and Federal government in India, the Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Belgium, New Zealand, and Australia and for organisations such as FIFA, Cricket Australia, Royal Dutch Football Federation, LA Galaxy, Al Jazira Club, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), the Mumbai Marathon, Tennis Australia and the ITF (International Tennis Federation).

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Damian Farrow, PhD

Damian is the current Umpiring Coaching and Innovation Manager for the Australian Football League (AFL) and manages the Game Insight Group (GIG), a joint initiative between Tennis Australia and Victoria University.

In 2002 he was appointed the inaugural AIS Skill Acquisition Specialist, then became the Discipline Head of Psychology and Skill Acquisition in 2009.

He has worked with a range of AIS and National sports programs including the AFL, Cricket Australia, Tennis Australia, Swimming Australia, Netball Australia, Surfing Australia, the Australian Rugby Union and is currently National Lead of Skill Acquisition for Swimming Australia.

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Fabio Serpiello, PhD

Fabio’s expertise is the area of training, tracking and monitoring team sport players, with a focus on youth football and futsal.

He is a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University where his mission is to translate current research into better teaching and learning experiences for students, especially in the postgraduate and short courses domains.

His research has been funded by FIFA and UEFA, and he is a Co-chair of the World Congress on Science and Football 2019.

He is also the Head of Sport Science and Performance for Melbourne Victory FC Academy and W-League”