Kirsten Spencer

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Senior Lecturer, Coaching

Phone: + 64 9 921 9999 ext. 7239

Email: kirsten.spencer@aut.ac.nz

Qualifications

PhD (Essex University), MSc Sport & Exercise Science (Essex University),
BEd (Hons) (Manchester Metropolitan University)


Memberships and Affiliations

Member of the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport
New Zealand Representative for the Asia Pacific Society of Performance Analysis of Sport
International Society of Performance Analysis in Sport Level 4 Accredited
Sports Tec Level 2 Accredited

Teaching Areas

  • Sports Coaching and notational analysis specialty areas
  • Athlete centred coaching 
  • Sportscode Elite and Focus notational analysis 
  • Athlete Movement and tactical analysis

Research Summary

Kirsten has research interests in coaching behaviours and performance analysis. She is particularly interested in the influence of player/coach gender on the behaviour used by the coach; as well as the use of notational analysis to determine these behaviours used in both practice and competitive situations and their influence on tactical decision-making in sport.

Current Research Projects

  • Movement patterns and intensity of effort used by netball umpires across different performance levels (with Masters student Natasha Paget). 
  • Influence of game modification on performance in youth netball
  • Variation in player decision-making in modified netball games and traditional games.
  • Comparison of fundamental motor skills used in modified netball and traditional netball.
  • Effect of rule change on performance in youth netball.

Post Graduate Completions

  • Post Grad Diploma: (2011) Application of notational analysis for community soccer coaches
  • Post Grad Diploma: (2012) Notational Analysis and Effective Use in Netball.
  • Master’s Thesis (completed July 2015) Video analysis in coach education
  • Master’s Thesis (Completed June 2015) Analysis of Netball Umpires
  • Master’s Thesis (to complete July 2017)
  • PhD (to complete Dec 2017) Explore and develop techniques/technologies that would combine and enhance the use of performance analysis data/information in sports performance

Examiner

  • Examiner Honour’s thesis Queensland University of Technology, Australia (2014)
  • Examiner for PhD Thesis for Auckland University of Technology, NZ (2014)
  • Examiner for PhD Thesis for Griffin University, Australia (2014)
  • Examiner Honour’s theses Writtle College, Essex University, UK (2009 – 2011)

Journal Reviewer

Reviewer for International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance

 

Publications

Conference Proceedings:

  • Spencer, K. (2015). Landing – a high risk action? Investigating movements in Netball.  ITP Sports Research Symposium, EIT Napier, NZ
  • Spencer, K. (2014). Preliminary Investigation of High Risk Movement in Secondary Schools Netball. World Congress of Performance Analysis in Sport X, Optija, Croatia.
  • Spencer, K. (2014) Movement Analysis of High Performance Netball Umpires. Asia Pacific International Conference of Performance Analysis in Sport, Langkawi, Malaysia.
  • Spencer, K., & Molyneux, J. (2014). Performance Profiling in Small Sided games Recognising the Influence of  ‘Opposition Quality’ Fast 5 Netball. TgfU Conference, Auckland University, Auckland, NZ
  • Spencer, K. & Molyneux, J. (2013). Normative performance profiling in Fast5 netball (she who dares, wins). In Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Sports Research Symposium
  • Spencer, K. (2013). Predicting performance from cohesion, friendship affiliation and passing interaction. In Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Sports Research Symposium. Tauranga, New Zealand.
  • Spencer, K., & Kidman, L. (2012). Developing thinking athletes/players: The difference in decision making for 8-10 year old youths playing netball and modified netball game
  • (MNG). In TGfU: Teaching Games for Understanding. Loughborough, UK.
  • Spencer, K. (2012). "But I didn't get to touch the ball!"... To what extent does a modified netball game (MNG) influence the development of movement skills for 8-10 year olds playing netball?. In World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport IX. Worcester, UK.
  • Spencer, K.N & Griffin M. Presented (2009);” The Influence Of Leadership Gender on Patterns of Play”. 12th World Congress of Sport Psychology, Marrakesh, Morocco. Proceedings of International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP).
  • Spencer, K.N & Griffin M. (2006). Practice what you preach – the influence of leadership gender on patterns of play. World Congress of Performance Analysis in Sport VII, Szombathey, Hungary (Proceedings of WCPAS 7).
  • Spencer, K.N & Griffin M. (2005).Verbal Coaching Behaviour as a Performance Factor in Field Hockey. North American Society of Psychology, Sport & Physical Activity (NASPSPA) Annual Conference, St Petersburg, Florida, USA. 
  • Spencer, K.N & Griffin M. (2004). Performance Effects of Coach Gender in Women’s Field Hockey. World Congress of Performance Analysis in Sport VI, Belfast, Northern Ireland (Proceedings of WCPAS 6).

Poster Conference Presentations

  • Spencer K.N (2011). Planning, Organisation and Structure of Practice - Does Coach Gender Make a Difference? Technologies in Sport, University of Otago, Dunedin.

Invited Speaker Presentations:

  • Spencer, K.(2014) . Gender and Sports Performance, Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ), Auckland, New Zealand
  • Spencer, K., Paget, N., & Kilding, A. (2013). A summary of physiological responses of high performance netball umpires during match play. Auckland. NZ Netball Umpires Workshop, Auckland University of Technology, Coach Development Centre, Sports Performance Research Institute, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Spencer, K. (2013). Research in Performance Analysis and it's Benefit to Coaching. AUT Millennium.
  • Spencer K. (2012, February 27th). Coaching the female athlete. Forun conducted by Sport Waitakere, Auckland.
  • Spencer, K. (2011). Field Hockey - Technology & Coaching Analysis. In Technologies in Sport: Performance, Bodies and Ethics Symposium. Dunedin, NZ.
  • Spencer K. (2011, October). Coaching , gender & performance in field hockey, Coaches Forum, University of Otago.

Peer Reviewed Articles:

  • Spencer, K., & Griffin, M. (2013). Do I pass to my friend or the best player? The influence of psychological variables on passing and performance in field hockey. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport., 13(2), 500-509.
  • Spencer, K. (2012). World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport IX. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 12(3), 657-658.
  • Hopkins, W., Malcata, R., Allan, S., & Spencer, K. (2012). The 2012 World Congress on Performance Analysis in Sport, Sportscience, 12(1).. Retrieved from http://sportssci.org/
  • Spencer, K.N & Griffin M. (2005). Verbal Coaching Behaviour as a Performance Factor in Field Hockey, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 27(Suppl.), S165–S171

In Press

  • Spencer, K. and Brady, H. (2015) Examining the Effects of a Variation to the Ruck Law in Rugby Union" to JOURNAL OF HUMAN SPORT AND EXERCISE - University of Alicante.
  • Spencer, K. and Croiss, M. (2015) The Effect Of Increasing Loading On Powerlifting Movement Form During The Squat And Deadlift" to JOURNAL OF HUMAN SPORT AND EXERCISE -University of Alicante
  • Spencer, K., Paget, N. and Kilding, A. (2014) Physiological Responses of High Performance Netball Umpires During Match Play JOURNAL OF HUMAN SPORT AND EXERCISE -University of Alicante

Book

  • Spencer, K. (2005). In Sewell, Watkins and Griffin, Sport and Exercise Science: an introduction, London Hodder

Reports: New Zealand Netball

August 2014
Spencer, K and Kilding, A. and Paget, N. (2014). Umpire Work Rate and Movement Analysis (fitness testing Vs. game performance). A technical report for New Zealand Netball. August 2014, 35 pages.

June 2014
Paget, N. Spencer, K and Kilding, A. (2014). Movement Type and Court Area of High Performance Netball Umpires. A technical report for New Zealand Netball. June 2014, 37 pages.

May 2014

Paget, N. Spencer, K and Kilding, A. (2014). A Summary of Movement and Positioning of ANZ Elite Umpires. A technical report for New Zealand Netball. May 2014, 15 pages.

November 2013

Paget, N. Spencer, K and Kilding, A. (2013). A Summary of Physiological Responses of High Performance Netball Umpires During Match Play. A technical report for New Zealand Netball. August 2013, 22 pages

August 2013
Paget, N. Spencer, K and Kilding, A. (2013). A Summary of Fitness Levels of ANZC Umpires, and Heart Rate Responses During ANZC Match Play. A technical report for New Zealand Netball. August 2013, 46 pages.

July 2013

Oldham, A.R.H., Spencer, K., Clancy, S., Venables, J., Wilkie, H. (2013). V-Ball as a Modified Training Game for the Development of Young Netball Players. Condensed summary. Report commissioned by Netball New Zealand.

Final Report completed in draft format: Netball New Zealand. Dr Tony Oldham, Dr Kirsten Spencer, Sian Clancy, Jo Venables & Hannah Wilkie; Coach Research Group New Zealand
Spencer, K. (2013). Junior Coaching Review: Evaluation of Player Development in Modified Netball (Full Court, Small Court) and Traditional Netball. Report commissioned by Netball New Zealand.

March 2013
V-Ball as a Modified Training Game for the Development of Young Netball Players.
Condensed summary to: Netball New Zealand (March, 2013). Dr Tony Oldham, Dr Kirsten Spencer, Sian Clancy, Jo Venables & Hannah Wilkie; Coach Research Group New Zealand
See more at: http://www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/study-areas/sport--and--recreation/our-staff/senior-lectures/kirsten-spencer#sthash.Famrd6KQ.dpuf

Workshops

  • Farnham, A., & Spencer, K. (2012-14). Sports Coaching Modules I and II. Marist Asia Pacific Centre (MAPAC), Manila, Philippines.
  • Spencer, K. (2013). Research in performance analysis and its benefit to coaching. Coach Development Centre, AUT Millennium.
  • Spencer, K., Paget, N. & Kilding, A. (2013). A summary of physiological responses of high performance netball umpires during match play. NZ Netball Umpire Workshop, Coach Development Centre, AUT Millennium
  • Spencer, K. McEwing, L. & Black, J. (2013). Introduction to using performance analysis software in coaching (series of 3 workshops). Performance Analysis Clinic, Coach Development Centre, AUT Millennium.
  • Spencer, K. (2013). Performance Analysis Workshop for Rangitoto College Phys Ed. staff. Performance Analysis Clinic, Coach Development Centre, AUT Millennium.