Issue 8 - April 2014

In this issue

Message from Professor Russell Hoye, Director CSSI
New research contracts
Welcome to new PhD candidate
CSSI seminars, 2014
Recent publications and other outputs by CSSI members
New Sport Unpacked podcast

Message from Professor Russell Hoye, Director CSSI

CSSI members have been very active already in 2014, attending our CSSI seminar series, securing new grants, signing up new PhD students and being involved in the many changes underway at La Trobe.

Sport is clearly a priority for the University with La Trobe Sport firmly established as a key strategy driver for the University and the Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation RFA representing the University's significant investment in sport in this area.

If any CSSI members have ideas for how the CSSI can support their research endeavours, promote their successes or help people connect with industry or other researchers interested in sport, please contact Russ Hoye or Annette Maher.

New research contracts

Australian Football League, AFL Auskick Evaluation, ($28,000), Chief Investigators, Dr Emma Sherry and Dr Mandy Ruddock-Hudson.

Welcome to new PhD candidate

Sophie KnightsA big CSSI welcome to Sophie Knights who has just started her first year of post-graduate study in the School of Public Health.

Title: The AFL Senior Coaching Lifestyle: Understanding the Perceptions and Experiences of Occupational Stress and Social Support

Supervisors: Dr Emma Sherry and Dr Mandy Ruddock-Hudson

Sophie commenced the Undergraduate Health Science Program at La Trobe in 2010 and majored in Rehabilitation Counselling. In her final year of Undergraduate Degree, she was awarded the certificate of 'Excellence in the Rehabilitation Counselling Major in the Bachelor of Health Sciences Prize'. Her Honours year was supervised by Dr Mandy Ruddock-Hudson.

Being an elite athlete and growing up in a strong sporting family, Sophie had a passion and interest in the sporting field. Her Honours thesis, titled 'The AFL Senior Coaching Lifestyle: Understanding the Perceptions and Experiences of Occupational Stress and Social Support', was the first research project to examine the perceptions and experiences of occupational stress and social support of AFL senior coaches. Her thesis was awarded a H1 which enabled her to continue research in the area of sport.Sophie was invited to be the Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation RFA PhD scholarship student under the supervision of Dr Emma Sherry and Dr Mandy Ruddock-Hudson. The PhD research will be in collaboration with the AFL Players Association and will examine the welfare and well-being of athletes post-career.

CSSI seminars 2014

11am – 1pm, 29 April 2014

Craig Norenberg is our guest speaker at the April 29 Seminar. Craig is the National Manager of ABC Radio Sport. He has worked for Channel Ten, Nine, BSkyB in London, SBS and Sky News. Craig has met hundreds of famous sportspeople and has reported on and produced the coverage of major sporting events, including the FIFA World Cup, Olympics, Commonwealth games, World Athletics Championships, Rugby Union Test matches, English Premier League and Major League Baseball.

Craig was part of the production team which won a prestigious BAFTA award at BSkyB in 1998, produced the top rating 2002 FIFA World Cup and the 2001 World Athletics Championships from Canada for SBS. He was also in charge of the multicultural network's award-winning World Sports program for four years. He is also a former presenter and Head of Sport with Sky News in Australia.

Craig has a distinguished academic background with degrees in history and sociology from the Australian National University, as well as a postgraduate degree in professional broadcasting from the University of Canberra. In addition, he has completed several courses at the Australian Institute of Management.

His sporting idols are:

  • soccer players Pele and Johnny Warren
  • cricketers Doug Walters and Greg Chappell
  • rugby union legends Mark Ella and Cliff Morgan
  • his father Eddie for teaching him that all of life's values and lessons can be found in sport.

A light lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP with any dietary requirements to Annette Maher.

Recent publications and other outputs by CSSI members

Book chapter

Stukas, A A., Snyder, M., & Clary, E. G. (published online, March 2014). Volunteerism and community involvement: Antecedents, experiences, and consequences for the person and the situation. In D. A. Schroeder & W. Graziano (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of prosocial behavior. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195399813.013.012

Stukas, A. A., Clary, E. G., & Snyder, M. (2014). Mentor recruitment and retention. In D. L. DuBois and M. J. Karcher (Eds.), Handbook of youth mentoring (2nd Ed., pp. 397-409). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Book manuscript proposal reviewer

Liam Lenten has been made a book manuscript proposal reviewer for Palgrave-Macmillan.

Journal reviewer

Liam Lenten has been a journal article reviewer for the Journal of Sports Economics.

Journal articles

Ratten, V. (2014) 'A US-China comparative study of cloud computing adoption behaviour: The role of consumer innovativeness, performance expectations and social influence', Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, Vol. 6 Iss: 1, pp.53–71. Read more.

Ruddock-Hudson, O'Halloran & Murphy (2014). The Psychological Impact of Long-Term Injury on Australian Football League Players. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, DOI:10.1080/10413200.2014.897269. View article.

Stukas, A. A., and Cumming, G. (in press, accepted 4 March 2014). Interpreting effect sizes: Toward a quantitative cumulative social psychology. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Conference presentations

Sherwood, Merryn and Nicholson, Matthew, 'Australian Sports Communication Practitioners - A Profile of the Occupation.' Paper presented at the 7th International Association for Communication and Sport Summit, in New York City, NY, March 15, 2014.


Radio interviews

Liam Lenten
  • 3AW (with Tom Elliott), 17 February 2014
  • SEN (with Kevin Bartlett), 20 February 2014
Mandy Ruddock-Hudson
  • ABC Perth radio, 10 March 2014
  • SEN Melbourne radio, 13 March 2014

to discuss the implications of occupational stress, social support and the importance of work-life balance in coaches.

Russ Hoye
  • 774 ABC (with Libby Gore), Monday 14 April to promote the Ideas and Society event with Mick Malthouse, Margot Foster, Lisa Hasker and Robert Manne.


Lenten, Liam (2014), 'With Buddy deal, Swans figure they are too big to fail' Talking point, The Australian Financial Review, 28 March, p.35

Lenten, L. featured in the following newspaper articles:

  • O'Connor, B. (2014), "New Draft Plan Can Stop a Tank in its Tracks", The Herald-Sun, 19 February, 23
  • Baum, G. (2014), "New Move to Make Tanking 'Impossible to Conceal'", The Age, 19 February, 58

Ruddock-Hudson, M. featured in the following news articles:

  • Lane, Samantha (2014) 'Coaching roller-coaster – it's hard' The AFL Senior Coach research undertaken by Sophie Knights and Dr Mandy Ruddock-Hudson from the School of Public Health featured on the front page of The Age newspaper on Sunday 9th March. The story continued over three sections of the paper including the center-spread  feature story in the sport section. Read more.

New Sport Unpacked podcast

In the 17th episode of Sport Unpacked, Professor Russell Hoye (Director, CSSI) talks to Margot Foster about corporate governance in sport.

Margot Foster is the Principal of Fosters Lawyers. She competed in the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, winning bronze and gold medals in 1984 and 1986 respectively in rowing.

Margot has served on numerous sport boards and been involved with organisations such as the Australian Olympic Committee, the International Rowing Federation, the Melbourne 1996 Olympic Bid, Australian Sports Commission, New Zealand Sports Commission and Gymnastics Australia. Margot is currently the Chair of Vicsport (the Victorian Sports Federation) and serves on the Board of VicHealth. She was a guest at La Trobe University to speak at an Ideas and Society panel titled 'Sport has the power to change the world'.

To subscribe to this podcast or listen to previous episodes you can find them in Sport Unpacked collection on iTunes U. You can also follow the host Russell Hoye on Twitter: @RussHoye.

Enquiries and suggestions

Professor Russell Hoye
Director CSSI
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law | La Trobe University | Bundoora, Vic 3086
T: +61 (0) 3 9479 1345