Carl joined James Cook University in 2015 after completing his PhD at Edith Cowan University. His research interests include Talent Identification and Talent Development in team sports, Skill Acquisition, Performance and Data Analytics acquired through integrative performance analysis technologies, and the measurement and development of Athletic Movement Skill in junior athletes.

Carl has extensive experience researching in high performance environments in Australian football at both the elite junior and senior level. He continues to provide research consultation to the Australian Football League's Talent Pathway in the areas of Skill Acquisition, Talent Identification and Talent Development. Additionally, he provides research support to the sport science department at the West Australian Football Commission.

At JCU, Carl coordinates and lectures SP2010 - Principles of Motor Learning and Motor Control, and SP3015 - Advanced Motor Learning and Motor Control. Additionally, he is currently supervising one honours student at JCU, and multiple higher degree by research students located at interstate institutes.

·         Quantifying the development gap between talent identified under 16 and under 18 Australian footballers: the use of physical, anthropometric and athletic movement skill assessments (Honours, Principle supervisor, James Cook University).

 ·         Motor competence of high level junior Australian football players: implications for talent identification and development (Honours, co-supervisor, The University of Newcastle).

 ·         The relationship between training and game demands in junior Australian football: investigating the specificity of training (Masters, co-supervisor, Notre Dame University, Fremantle).

 ·         Attentional focus and its effect on goal kicking accuracy in junior Australian football (PhD, co-supervisor, Bond University).

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Cowboys Rugby League Football Limited - Contract Research

Game, Training and Individual Performance Analytics of Elite Rugby League Players

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$110,000 over 4 years
Evaluating training and game performances I elite sport is an information-rich environment particularly with the additional of data analytic companies providing real-time and post-competition analyses for coaching staff. Additionally, the inclusion of wearable technology and in particular, the inclusion of global positioning systems in to the elite training environment have empowered high performance personnel with an overabundance of performance data through which evidence-based evaluations can be made. However, with the inclusion of such technology in to the contemporary elite training environment, coaching staff are now faced with interpretative decisions pertaining to what metrics are suitable and under what constraints.
Wade Sinclair, Anthony Leicht and Carl Woods in collaboration with Paul Bowman (College of Healthcare Sciences and Cowboys Rugby League Football Ltd)
Performance Analytics; Machine Learning

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