Dr Mitch Smith

Dr Mitch Smith

Lecturer

School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

Mitchell completed his doctoral studies through the University of Technology Sydney (Doctor of Philosophy) and Ghent University, Belgium (Doctor of Health Sciences). He has over five years experience teaching across multiple disciplines within exercise and sports science, primarily focusing on motor control and skill acquisition. Mitchell's research is also multidisciplinary, incorporating elements of exercise physiology, motor control, skill acquisition, psychophysiology, and applied sports science. His primary area of research investigates the impact of mental fatigue on team sport performance. In 2016, Mitchell was awarded the prestigious “Excellence in Applied Football Research” award presented by ASPETAR at the European Congress of Sports Science for this research.

Collaborations

Mitchell collaborates on research with colleagues from: University of Technology Sydney - James Cook University - Ghent University, Belgium - University of Kent, UK - University of Lancashire, UK - Saarland University, Germany - University of Rome, Italy - University of Portland, USA - University of Cape Town, South Africa - University of Groningen, The Netherlands - Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil - Federal University of Pará, Brazil - Federal University of Maranhão, Brazil. 


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Technology Sydney
  • Bachelor of Human Movement Science (Honours), University of Technology Sydney

Keywords

  • Attention
  • Cognitive Fatigue
  • Decision-making
  • Mental Fatigue
  • Psychophysiology
  • Team Sport

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110603 Motor Control 30
110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified 40
110602 Exercise Physiology 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/03/2010 - 31/12/2015 Casual Academic University of Technology Sydney
School of Leisure, Sport and Tourism
Australia

Awards

Research Award

Year Award
2016 Aspetar Excellence in Football Resarch Award
European College of Sports Science

Invitations

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2017 Mental Fatigue and Football
This symposium on science and health in football brings together six international experts in football science to present on'hot topics' that are relevant to both research and practice.
2014 Mental Fatigue and Football Performance - University of Kent
Invited lecture for postgraduate exercise and sports science students at the University of Kent.
2014 Mental Fatigue and Physical Performance - Ghent University
Invited lecture for Ghent University Sport and Exercise Science Masters program.

Manuscript Reviews

Year Title Publication Type Publisher Description
2017 Journal - Journal of Sports Sciences Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal (HERDC)  
2017 Journal - Science and Medicine in Football Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal (HERDC)  
2016 Journal - International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal (HERDC)  
2016 Journal - Frontiers: Exercise Physiology Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal (HERDC)  
2016 Journal - Perceptual and Motor Skills Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal (HERDC)  

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
EXSS2060 Motor Control
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Motor control encompasses an area of study that explains how we coordinate and control voluntary movement. This course explores the underlying neurophysiology of motor control and the concepts and processes that underpin controlled movement. Students gain a greater understanding of the structure of the nervous system and how it affects motor control following the completion of this course. In addition, students gain a better understanding of how motor performance can be measured and of the associated theories and concepts that underpin the control of voluntary movement such as attention, memory and sensory information.
Course Coordinator 1/02/2016 - 31/12/2017
EXSS3070 Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Motor learning and skill acquisition encompass an area of study that explains how we acquire new movement skills. This course explores the processes of neuromotor control, skill acquisition and skill retention. Students are taught how to assess motor skill proficiency and design training programs that optimise the quality and speed of skill acquisition. Particular emphasis is placed on motor learning and skill development, such that students will understand the processes behind skill acquisition that are relevant to the role of the exercise and sports scientist.
Course Coordinator 1/02/2016 - 31/12/2017
EXSS3040 Professional Placement in Exercise and Sports Science
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
This course allows students to integrate real world skills and experience with theoretical concepts and knowledge obtained during their degree program. Students will be offered the opportunity to undertake work-integrated learning. The course involves 100 hours of work experience with a professionals in different sectors of the exercise and sports science industry.
Course Coordinator 1/02/2016 - 31/12/2017
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Smith MR, Fransen J, Deprez D, Lenoir M, Coutts AJ, 'Impact of mental fatigue on speed and accuracy components of soccer-specific skills', Science and Medicine in Football, 1 48-52 (2016)
DOI 10.1080/02640414.2016.1252850
Co-authors Job Fransen
2016 Badin OO, Smith MR, Conte D, Coutts AJ, 'Mental Fatigue: Impairment of Technical Performance in Small-Sided Soccer Games', International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 11 1100-1105 (2016)
DOI 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0710
2016 Smith MR, Zeuwts L, Lenoir M, Hens N, De Jong LMS, Coutts AJ, 'Mental fatigue impairs soccer-specific decision-making skill', Journal of Sports Sciences, 34 1297-1304 (2016)
DOI 10.1080/02640414.2016.1156241
2016 Smith MR, Coutts AJ, Merlini M, Deprez D, Lenoir M, Marcora S, 'Mental Fatigue Impairs Soccer-Specific Physical and Technical Performance', Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 48 267-276 (2016)
DOI 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000762
2015 SMITH MITCHELLR, MARCORA SAMUELEM, COUTTS AARONJ, 'Mental Fatigue Impairs Intermittent Running Performance', Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 47 1682-1690 (2015)
DOI 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000592
2014 Rowsell GJ, Reaburn P, Toone R, Smith M, Coutts AJ, 'Effect of Run Training and Cold-Water Immersion on Subsequent Cycle Training Quality in High-Performance Triathletes', Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28 1664-1672 (2014)
DOI 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000455
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Conference (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Smith MR, Merlini M, Marcora SM, Deprez D, Lenoir M, Coutts AJ, 'Mental fatigue impairs soccer-specific skill performance' (2015)
2015 Chai R, Smith MR, Nguyen TN, Ling SH, Coutts AJ, Nguyen HT, 'Comparing Features Extractors in EEG-based Cognitive Fatigue Detection of Demanding Computer Tasks' (2015)
DOI 10.1109/EMBC.2015.7320150
2014 Smith MR, Fransen J, Coutts AJ, 'The effects of three cognitively demanding tasks on psychological and performance indicators of cognitive fatigue' (2014)
Co-authors Job Fransen
2012 Coutts AJ, Smith MR, Marcora SM, 'Effects of induced mental fatigue on physical performance during prolonged intermittent sprinting' (2012)
2011 Smith MR, Coutts AJ, Marcora SM, 'Effects of mental fatigue on physical performance during prolonged, high intensity, intermittent running activity' (2011)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 6
Total funding $135,697

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20171 grants / $2,000

Impact of mental and physical fatigue on basketball-specific performance$2,000

Funding body: Faculty of Science and Information Technology,The University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Science and Information Technology,The University of Newcastle
Scheme PVC Conference Assistance Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20161 grants / $25,000

Mental Fatigue in Football - Influencing Factors and Interventions$25,000

Funding body: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Funding body German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Project Team

Prof. Aaron Coutts, Dr. Mitchell Smith, Dr. Job Fransen, Prof. Tim Meyer, Dr. Sabrina Skorski

Scheme Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

20151 grants / $3,000

Mental fatigue impairs soccer specific skill performance$3,000

Funding body: University of Technology Sydney

Funding body University of Technology Sydney
Scheme Research Student Development Award
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20141 grants / $9,000

Mental fatigue and soccer performance$9,000

Funding body: Ghent University

Funding body Ghent University
Scheme Special Research Funding for Joint Ph.D.
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20122 grants / $96,697

Mental fatigue and soccer performance$86,697

Funding body: Australian Postgraduate Award

Funding body Australian Postgraduate Award
Scheme Australian Postgraduate Award
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

Mental fatigue and soccer performance$10,000

Funding body: University of Technology Sydney

Funding body University of Technology Sydney
Scheme Gordon Young Memorial Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 Honours Talent identification and development of female youth soccer players Sport & Rec Not Elswr Classifi, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 Honours Decision-making in youth Australian Football athletes Sport & Rec Not Elswr Classifi, University of Technology Sydney Co-Supervisor
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Research Projects

Mental fatigue in football - influencing factors and interventions 2016 - 2019

We have recently established that mental fatigue can influence intermittent exercise performance, isolated football-specific skill performance and decision-making in laboratory environments using mental fatiguing protocols that are not reflective of the normal competition setting (i.e. Stroop tasks).  To translate this research to the field, additional work is required to assess if the levels of mental fatigue encountered by players during football-specific tasks influence football-specific performance in a more ecological setting. To achieve this, we will make use of a unique Footbonaut facility (Dortmund, Germany) which allows control of cognitive load and assessment of decision-making and skilled performance in a football-specific context.  The first aim of this project is to develop a football-specific protocol for inducing mental fatigue in soccer players using the Footbonaut. Secondly, we will determine if the mental fatigue induced via the specific Footbonaut task provides similar levels of mental fatigue during competitive football matches by assessing cognitive fatigue during match play. Finally, we will investigate the effects of a Footbonaut task on football-specific physical, decision-making and technical performance. 


The effect of physical fatigue and mental fatigue on technical proficiency during the tackle in Rugby Union 2017


Impact of mental fatigue on physical performance of handball players 2017


Impact of mental fatigue on swimming performance 2017


Implicit precueing affects motor behaviour 2017 - 2020


Validity and reliability of a novel test of basketball skill 2015 - 2017


Mental fatigue and team sport performance 2011 - 2019


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Dr Mitch Smith

Position

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science

Contact Details

Email mitch.smith@newcastle.edu.au
Link Twitter

Office

Building Chemistry Building
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