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Sport and Exercise Sciences

Dr Allistair McRobert

Dr Allistair McRobert

Telephone: 0151 231 4320

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Biography

Background

Allistair is a Reader in Performance Analysis within the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science (coaching route) and masters’ degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Teesside. He completed his doctoral degree in Skill Acquisition at Liverpool John Moores University. His thesis examined perceptual-cognitive skills and its development in expert performers across sporting and medical domains. In addition, he has a number of years experience working as a performance analyst with elite young football players.

Allistair is an active member of the Football Exchange; an internal organisation that strategically directs all of the football-related teaching, research and consultancy activity within the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences. He is responsible for the match/performance analysis division of the organisation and coordinates all activity that involves professional clubs, governing bodies and key industry partners.

Research

Allistair’s research interests are in the areas of: a) expert performance, its attributes and its acquisition or development in sport and medicine; and b) match/performance analysis in football and other sports. He has published on these topics and regularly presents his work at national and international conferences. Allistair is a member of the Expert Performance and Learning Unit within the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES), the Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network (ESAN), and the Journal of Sports Sciences Editorial Advisory Board for the Performance Analysis section.

Teaching

Allistair has been awarded a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy for his teaching activity. He teaches on the Science and Football BSc (Hons) and Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) degree programmes.

Enterprise

Allistair is actively engaged in enterprise initiatives due to his role within the Football Exchange and Expert Performance and Learning Unit. His current and previous projects include:

Football Exchange
• Football Association (2018-current): Provide video and data content to support coach education courses (UEFA Pro, A, B and AYA).
• STATS & Football Exchange Education Courses (2013-2017): In conjunction with our partners STATS, we deliver bespoke performance analysis CPD courses for national and international coaches, scouts and performance analysts and sports scientists.
• Premier League Youth Development Project (2011): We provided performance analysis support to a number of youth development tournaments throughout the year.
• 888sport Project (2010): Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Penalty Kicks. We examined penalty kicks and provided recommendations for penalty takers based on the data collected and previous research. The data was used as part of the World Cup promotional activity.
• UEFA Project (2008): Validation of a semi-automated player tracking system. We examined the validity of the semi-automated tracking system used to analyse Champion League matches.
Expert Performance and Learning Unit
• Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia (2012): We examined how contextual information relating to the patients condition influenced diagnosis accuracy and decision-making in simulated emergency medicine scenarios. Proposed implications and guidelines for the use of medical simulation with trainees or those with limited clinical experience.
• Cheshire and Merseyside Simulation Centre, University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool (2011): We examined anaesthetist’s decision-making and management of patients during high-stakes medical scenarios.

Publications

Highlighted publications

Fernandez-Navarro J, Fradua L, Zubillaga A, Ford PR, McRobert AP. 2016. Attacking and defensive styles of play in soccer: analysis of Spanish and English elite teams Journal of Sports Sciences, :1-10 DOI Author Url Public Url

McRobert AP, Causer J, Vassiliadis J, Watterson L, Kwan J, Williams MA. 2013. Contextual information influences diagnosis accuracy and decision making in simulated emergency medicine emergencies BMJ Quality and Safety, 22 :478-484 DOI Author Url Public Url

Roca A, Ford PR, McRobert AP, Mark Williams A. Identifying the processes underpinning anticipation and decision-making in a dynamic time-constrained task. Cogn Process, 12 :301-310 DOI Author Url

McRobert AP, Ward P, Eccles DW, Williams AM. The effect of manipulating context-specific information on perceptual-cognitive processes during a simulated anticipation task. Br J Psychol, 102 :519-534 DOI Author Url

Ford PR, Low J, McRobert AP, Williams AM. Developmental activities that contribute to high or low performance by elite cricket batters when recognizing type of delivery from bowlers' advanced postural cues. J Sport Exerc Psychol, 32 :638-654 DOI Author Url

McRobert AP, Williams AM, Ward P, Eccles DW. Tracing the process of expertise in a simulated anticipation task. Ergonomics, 52 :474-483 DOI Author Url

Williams AM, McRobert AP. Perceptual-cognitive skill in cricket batting: from testing to training. Reilly T. Science and Sports: Bridging the gap Shaker Publishing. Massstritch, Netherlands 978-90-423-0342-3

Journal article

Reeves MJ, McRobert A, Lewis C, Roberts SJ. 2019. A case study of the use of verbal reports for talent identification purposes in soccer: A Messi affair! PLoS One, DOI Author Url Public Url

Fernandez-Navarro J, Fradua L, Zubillaga A, McRobert AP. 2019. Evaluating the effectiveness of styles of play in elite soccer INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCE & COACHING, 14 :514-527 DOI Author Url

Murtagh CF, Naughton RJ, McRobert AP, O’Boyle A, Morgans R, Drust B, Erskine RM. 2019. A Coding System to Quantify Powerful Actions in Soccer Match Play: A Pilot Study Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 90 :234-243 DOI Author Url Public Url

Runswick OR, Roca A, Williams AM, McRobert AP, North JS. 2019. Why do bad balls get wickets? The role of congruent and incongruent information in anticipation Journal of Sports Sciences, 37 :537-543 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Roberts SJ, McRobert AP, Lewis C, Reeves MJ. 2019. Establishing consensus of position-specific predictors for elite youth soccer in England Science and Medicine in Football, DOI Public Url

Courel-Ibanez J, McRobert AP, Ortega Toro E, Cardenas Velez D. 2018. Inside Game Effectiveness in Nba Basketball: Analysis of Collective Interactions Kinesiology, 50 :218-227 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Reeves MJ, McRobert AP, Littlewood MA, Roberts SJ. 2018. A scoping review of the potential sociological predictors of talent in junior-elite football: 2000–2016 Soccer and Society, 19 :1085-1105 DOI Public Url

Reeves MJ, Roberts SJ, McRobert AP, Littlewood MA. 2018. Factors affecting the identification of talented junior-elite footballers: a case study Soccer and Society, 19 :1106-1121 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Reeves MJ, Littlewood MA, McRobert AP, Roberts SJ. 2018. The nature and function of talent identification in junior-elite football in English category one academies Soccer and Society, 19 :1122-1134 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Cobb NM, Unnithan V, McRobert AP. 2018. The validity, objectivity, and reliability of a soccer-specific behaviour measurement tool Science and Medicine in Football, 2 :196-202 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Runswick OR, Roca A, Williams AM, McRobert AP, North JS. 2018. The temporal integration of information during anticipation Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 37 :100-108 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Fernandez-Navarro J, Fradua L, Zubillaga A, McRobert AP. 2018. Influence of contextual variables on styles of play in soccer International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 18 :423-436 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Sarmento H, Clemente FM, Araújo D, Davids K, McRobert A, Figueiredo A. 2018. What Performance Analysts Need to Know About Research Trends in Association Football (2012–2016): A Systematic Review Sports Medicine, 48 :799-836 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Runswick OR, Roca A, Williams AM, Bezodis NE, Mcrobert AP, North JS. 2018. The impact of contextual information and a secondary task on anticipation performance: An interpretation using cognitive load theory APPLIED COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY, 32 :141-149 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

McRobert AP, Mercer SJ, Raw D, Goulding J, Williams AM. 2017. Effect of expertise on diagnosis accuracy, non-technical skills and thought processes during simulated high-fidelity anaesthetist scenarios BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning, 3 :43-47 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Courel-Ibáñez J, McRobert AP, Toro EO, Vélez DC. 2017. Collective behaviour in basketball: A systematic review International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 17 :44-64 DOI Author Url Public Url

Fernandez-Navarro J, Fradua L, Zubillaga A, Ford PR, McRobert AP. 2016. Attacking and defensive styles of play in soccer: analysis of Spanish and English elite teams Journal of Sports Sciences, :1-10 DOI Author Url Public Url

Courel-Ibáñez J, Ortega Toro E, McRobert AP, Cárdenas Vélez D. 2016. Inside pass predicts ball possession effectiveness in NBA basketball International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 7 :711-725 DOI Author Url Public Url

COLLINS DK, REILLY T, MORTON JP, MCROBERT A, DORAN DA. 2014. Anthropometric and Performance Characteristics of Elite Hurling Players Journal of Athletic Enhancement, 03 DOI Author Url Public Url

Coughlan EK, Williams AM, McRobert AP, Ford PR. 2014. How Experts Practice: A Novel Test of Deliberate Practice Theory JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-LEARNING MEMORY AND COGNITION, 40 :449-458 DOI Author Url

Causer J, McRobert AP, Williams AM. 2013. The effect of stimulus intensity on response time and accuracy in dynamic, temporally constrained environments SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE & SCIENCE IN SPORTS, 23 :627-634 DOI Author Url Public Url

McRobert AP, Causer J, Vassiliadis J, Watterson L, Kwan J, Williams MA. 2013. Contextual information influences diagnosis accuracy and decision making in simulated emergency medicine emergencies BMJ Quality and Safety, 22 :478-484 DOI Author Url Public Url

Faggiani F, McRobert AP, Knowles Z. 2012. Developing pre-performance routines for acrobatic gymnastics: A case study with a youth tumbling gymnast Science of Gymnastics Journal, 4 :39-52

Low J, Williams AM, McRobert AP, Ford PR. The microstructure of practice activities engaged in by elite and recreational youth cricket players. J Sports Sci, 31 :1242-1250 DOI Author Url

Roca A, Ford PR, McRobert AP, Williams AM. Perceptual-cognitive skills and their interaction as a function of task constraints in soccer. J Sport Exerc Psychol, 35 :144-155 DOI Author Url

Afonso J, Garganta J, McRobert A. The perceptual cognitive processes underpinning skilled performance in volley- ball: Evidence from eye-movements and verbal reports of thinking involving an in situ representative task Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 11 :339-345 Author Url

Afonso J, Garganta J, McRobert A, Williams M, Mesquita I. Visual search behaviours and verbal reports during film-based and in siturepresentative tasks in volleyball European Journal of Sport Science, :1-8 DOI Author Url

Roca A, Ford PR, McRobert AP, Mark Williams A. Identifying the processes underpinning anticipation and decision-making in a dynamic time-constrained task. Cogn Process, 12 :301-310 DOI Author Url

McRobert AP, Ward P, Eccles DW, Williams AM. The effect of manipulating context-specific information on perceptual-cognitive processes during a simulated anticipation task. Br J Psychol, 102 :519-534 DOI Author Url

Ford PR, Low J, McRobert AP, Williams AM. Developmental activities that contribute to high or low performance by elite cricket batters when recognizing type of delivery from bowlers' advanced postural cues. J Sport Exerc Psychol, 32 :638-654 DOI Author Url

McRobert AP, Williams AM, Ward P, Eccles DW. Tracing the process of expertise in a simulated anticipation task. Ergonomics, 52 :474-483 DOI Author Url

Collins DK, McRobert A, Morton JP, OʼSullivan D, Doran DA. The Work-Rate of Elite Hurling Match-Play. J Strength Cond Res, 32 :805-811 DOI Author Url Public Url

Chapters

McRobert A, Williams AM. 2019. Integrating performance analysis and perceptual-cognitive training. Williams AM, Jackson RC. In Anticipation and Decision Making in Sport Routledge Publisher Url

Coughlan E, Ford PR, McRobert A, Williams AM. 2013. How skilled gaelic football players practice kicking: Deliberate or not? Science and Football VII: The Proceedings of the Seventh World Congress on Science and Football :231-236 9780203131879 DOI

Williams AM, McRobert AP. Perceptual-cognitive skill in cricket batting: from testing to training. Reilly T. Science and Sports: Bridging the gap Shaker Publishing. Massstritch, Netherlands 978-90-423-0342-3

Conference publication

Runswick OR, Roca A, Williams AM, McRobert AP, North JS. 2018. Why do bad balls get wickets? The role of congruent and incongruent information in anticipation JOURNAL OF SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY, 40 :S63-S64 Author Url

Runswick OR, Roca A, Williams AM, McRobert AP, North JS. 2018. The temporal integration of information during anticipation JOURNAL OF SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY, 40 :S63-S63 Author Url

Runswick OR, Roca A, Williams AM, McRobert AP, Bezodis NE, North JS. 2017. Contextual Information in Anticipation Performance: A Novel Test of Cognitive Load Theory JOURNAL OF SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY, 39 :S192-S192 Author Url

MALONE S, COLLINS DK, MCROBERT A, MORTON JP, DORAN DA. 2016. Accuracy and Reliability of the VXSport Global Positioning System in Intermittent Activity EUROPEAN CONGRESS SPORTS SCIENCE, ECSS 2014

Gandy RJ, McRobert A. 2015. Impact of established clubs on probability of survival in top leagues 8th World Congress on Science and Football (WCSF2015) Public Url

Low JF, Ford PR, McRobert AP, Williams AM. 2009. Developmental activities leading to high or low performance by elite batters on a film-based anticipation test JOURNAL OF SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY, 31 :S86-S86 Author Url

Locquet C, Zoudji B, McRobert AP, Ford P, Williams AM, Ripoll H. 2008. Skilled memory performance in soccer coaches and players JOURNAL OF SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY, 30 :S181-S181 Author Url

McRobert AP, Williams AM, Ward P, Eccles DW, Ericsson KA. 2007. Contextual information and anticipation skill in cricket batting JOURNAL OF SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY, 29 :S187-S187 Author Url

McRobert AP, Tayler M. Perceptual abilities of experienced and inexperienced cricket batsmen in differentiating between left and right hand bowling deliveries Journal of Sports Sciences, :190-191

Tayler M, McRobert AP. Anticipatory skills and expertise in cricket batsmen JOURNAL OF SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY, S26 :185-185

Book

Jayal A, McRobert A, Oatley G, O'Donoghue P. 2018. Sports Analytics Analysis, Visualisation and Decision Making in Sports Performance Routledge 9781351838955

Engagement & Impact

Research Grants Awarded:

LJMU FREE Fund, Verbal reporting in professional football, Matthew J Reeves & Alistair McRobert, Grant value (£): £28,000, Duration of research project: 9 months. 2016

Editorial boards:

Journal of Sports Sciences, Editorial Advisory Board Member for the Performance Analysis Section, http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjsp20/current. 2013