Jonathan Connor joined JCU in 2018 and is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science. Having completed his undergraduate degree with James Cook University, Jonathan also completed his Honours by examining anticipatory decision-making and eye-tracking in elite Rugby League players in 2013. Jonathan then went on to work for Cricket Australia as a part of his PhD exploring the measurement and development of cricket batting expertise utilising a representative learning design approach, and completed this in 2018.  Previously Jonathan has held collaborative arrangements with Cricket Australia, Queensland Cricket, and the North Queensland Cowboys. His areas of research interests include skill acquisition, talent identification and development, motor learning and coaching approaches.  

 Current & Previous Research Students

  • The impact of defensive decision-making situations on Rugby League game performance
  • Examining the relationship between fundamental movement skill proficiency and physical activity during unstructured free-play in North Queensland children  
  • Exploring the purpose and consistency of between-ball routines in skilled cricket batters
  • SP1001: Science and Practice of Sport and Exercise (Level 1; TSV)
  • SP2010: Principles of Motor Learning and Motor Control (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • SP2200: Exercise and Sports Testing (Level 2; TSV)
  • SP3008: Practicum in Sport and Exercise Science/Clinical Exercise Physiology (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • SP3015: Advanced Motor Learning and Motor Control (Level 3; CNS)
  • SP3016: Exercise Prescription and Delivery (Level 3; TSV)
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National Rugby League - Rugby League Research Committee

Identifying the impact of cognitive fitness on decision-making capacity of elite NRL officials

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Officiating team sport matches requires engagement of complex physical and mental/cognitive processes. Superior cognitive fitness may assist with management of match stresses for greater decision-making. This project will: 1) identify the current cognitive fitness levels of elite NRL officials; and 2) examine the impact of cognitive and/or physical stress on elite NRL official?s decision-making proficiency; 3) clarify how cognitive fitness level moderates elite NRL officials? decision-making proficiency. This project will provide recommendations to enhance the decision-making capacity of elite NRL officials with reference to cognitive fitness.
Jonathan Connor, Anthony Leicht, Anne Swinbourne, Kenji Doma and Wade Sinclair (College of Healthcare Sciences)
referee; Elite Athlete; Rugby League; Decision-making

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