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Dr James Croft

James is a Lecturer in Exercise and Sports Science within the School of Medical and Health Sciences.


  • PhD Medical Science, Canada, 2006.


Recent Research Grants

  • Dynamics of Learning: Behaviour and Lived Experiences. The Role of exploratory strategies,  Agence Nationale de la Recherche (National Research Agency),  Research Collaboration Project Scheme,  2017 - 2021,  $342,112.
  • How perception of capabilities (of themselves and others) influence decision-making in football players of different age groups and in-turn how they affect team patterns.,  Bayswater City Soccer Club,  Scholarships to support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2015 - 2019,  $95,500.
  • Analysis of the short serve in Badminton and investigation into feedback and training to improve the short-serve,  Badminton World Federation,  Grant,  2015 - 2018,  $20,000.
  • Fundamental influence of energetics on motor control in walking using the split-belt treadmill paradigm.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 2,  2017 - 2018,  $9,463.
  • Using eye-tracking and continuous heart rate to assess the Quiet Eye technique for improving marksmanship under conditions of high-anxiety,  Department of Defence - Australian Army,  Australian Army Research Scheme,  2015 - 2018,  $19,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Bini, RR., Hume, PA., Croft, J., (2014), Pedaling technique changes with force feedback training in competitive cyclists: Preliminary study. Biomechanics of Cycling, 85-95, Cham, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-05539-8_9.
  • Bini, RR., Hume, PA., Croft, J., Kilding, A., (2014), Optimizing bicycle configuration and cyclists' body position to prevent overuse injury using biomechanical approaches. Biomechanics of Cycling, 71-83, Cham, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-05539-8_8.

Journal Articles

  • Vial, S., Cochrane Wilkie, J., Blazevich, T., Croft, J., (2019), Using the trajectory of the shuttlecock as a measure of performance accuracy in the badminton short serve. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, epub ahead of print(Nov 2018), 6p., United Kingdom, Sage Publications Ltd, DOI: 10.1177/1747954118812662.
  • Croft, J., Panchuk, D., (2018), Watch Where You're Going? Interferer Velocity and Visual Behavior Predicts Avoidance Strategy During Pedestrian Encounters. Journal of Motor Behavior, 50(4), 353-363, Taylor and Francis, DOI: 10.1080/00222895.2017.1363695.
  • Vial, S., Croft, J., Blazevich, T., Cochrane Wilkie, J., (2018), Reductions in both temporal and spatial movement pattern complexity is associated with greater performance accuracy. Translational Sports Medicine, 1(6), 289-299, United Kingdom, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, DOI: 10.1002/tsm2.49.
  • Croft, J., Schroeder, R., Bertram, J., (2017), The goal of locomotion: Separating the fundamental task from the mechanisms that accomplish it. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 24(6), 1675-1685, New York, USA, Springer, DOI: 10.3758/s13423-016-1222-3.
  • Seifert, L., Cordier, R., Orth, D., Courtine, Y., Croft, J., (2017), Role of route previewing strategies on climbing fluency and exploratory movements. PLoS One, 12(4), Article no. e0176306, San Francisco, USA, Public Library of Science, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0176306.
  • Croft, J., Bertram, J., (2017), Affordance boundaries are defined by dynamic capabilities of Parkour athletes in dropping from various heights. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(SEP), Article No. 1571, Lausanne, Switzerland, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01571.
  • Button, C., Schofield, M., Croft, J., (2016), Distance perception in an open water environment: Analysis of individual differences. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 78(3), 915-922, Springer New York LLC, DOI: 10.3758/s13414-015-1049-4.
  • Schnitzler, C., Button, C., Croft, J., Seifert, L., (2015), A new qualitative typology to classify treading water movement patterns. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 14(3), 530-535, Turkey, Journal of Sport Science and Medicine.
  • Croft, J., Button, C., (2015), Interacting factors associated with adult male drowning in New Zealand. PLoS ONE, 10(6), e0130545, San Francisco, USA, Public Library of Science, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130545.
  • Button, C., Croft, J., Cotter, J., Graham, M., Lucas, S., (2015), Integrative physiological and behavioral responses to sudden cold-water immersion are similar in skilled and less-skilled swimmers. Physiology and Behavior, 138(January), 254-259, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2014.10.024.
  • Schnitzler, C., Button, C., Seifert, L., Croft, J., (2014), Analysing expertise through data mining: an example based on treading water. Journal of Sport Sciences, 32(12), 1186-1195, London, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2013.876085.
  • Rico Bini, R., Hume, P., Croft, J., (2014), Cyclists and triathletes have different body positions on the bicycle. European Journal of Sport Science, 14(SUPPL. 1), S109-S115, United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2011.654269.

Conference Publications

  • Schnitzler, C., Croft, J., Button, C., Ulmers, M., Davids, K., (2014), A method to optimize a typology-based classification system. Procedia Engineering, 72(14-17 July 2014), 9-13, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2014.06.003.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor


Associate Supervisor

  • Effects of saddle position on pedalling technique and methods to assess pedalling kinetics and kinematics of cyclists and triathletes
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