Dr Sam Elliott

Lecturer in Sport, Health and Physical Activity

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

Research expertise

Areas of research experience and expertise include:

  1. enhancing parental involvement in youth sport;
  2. understanding and enhancing the social experiences of children in sport;
  3. increasing sport participation among children and youth;
Research expertise

Areas of research experience and expertise include:

  1. enhancing parental involvement in youth sport;
  2. understanding and enhancing the social experiences of children in sport;
  3. increasing sport participation among children and youth;
place Education Building (5.19)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Sam is an early career researcher and lecturer in Sport, Health and Physical Activity in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work. He has published 26 peer-reviewed outputs and received over $220K in combined grants, tenders and consultancies. Sam is an active member of the Sport, Health, Activity, Performance and Exercise (SHAPE) Research Centre and invited reviewer for 13 international journals. He has published widely on parental involvement in youth sport and presented his work internationally in China, Canada and the US. Sam has received a number of prestigious awards including the VC Award for Early Career Research, the World Congress on Science and Football Best Research Paper by Code (AFL) Award and the Inclusion and Diversity in Sport Conference Champion of Inclusion Award. He is an emerging thought leader and has won international awards for science and research communications. Sam has represented Flinders at the Australian Academy of Science Falling Walls Lab Australia and in the global-award winning series, Raising the bar.

Sam coordinates undergraduate topics in sport coaching, sport psychology, and sport sociology and the award-winning High Performance Program. Sam is a consultant and advisor for Football Federation Australia, SANFL, Sport Australia and the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

Qualifications
  • 2014 PhD

  • 2011 Bachelor of Education Honours (1A)

  • 2010 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Education (Middle & Secondary)
Honours, awards and grants

Awards

  • 2019 Elliott, S. Finalist, Falling Walls Lab Australia (Canberra)
  • 2019 Elliott, S. & Williams, K. Winner of the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work Excellence in Teaching Award $3000
  • 2019 Elliott, S. Winner of World Congress on Science and Football Best Research Paper by code (AFL) $250
  • 2019 Elliott, S. Winner of the Universities Australia Award Pitch It Clever Competition $1000
  • 2018 Elliott, S. Recipient of Flinders University's Vice Chancellors Award for Early Career Researchers $2500
  • 2018 Elliott, S. Winner of the 6th International Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise Conference 5 minute challenge
  • 2018 Elliott, S. Winner of the inaugural Inclusion and Diversity in Sport Conference Champion of Inclusion Award $500

Grants and Consultancies

  • 2019 Elliott, S. & Ridley, K. College Research Grant Scheme. Enhancing physical activity time in organised youth sport: Coaches' perspectives $10,000
  • 2018 Drummond, M.,Drummond. C., Elliott, S., Prichard, I., & Lewis, L. Netball SA/ORS Grant: The Promotion and Engagement of Contemporary Sports for Girls and Young Women: Implications for Participation $57,000 ($32,000 ORS + $25,000 Flinders)

  • 2018 Elliott, S. Football Federation Australia's ALDI MiniRoos sport parenting project $18,775

  • 2018 Elliott, S. Ian Potter Foundation Conference Award $1500
  • 2018 Drummond, M., Drummond, C., Elliott, S., Lewis, L. & Prichard, I. Inclusive Sport South Australia Tender. LGBTIQ+ and South Australian sport $40,000.
  • 2017 Drummond, M., Elliott, S., Drummond, C., Prichard, I., & Lewis, L. Office for Recreation and Sport Strategic Grant and Flinders University Innovation Grant. Pathways to Participation for Girls and Women in Sport $55,000 ($30,000 ORS + $25,000 Flinders University).
  • 2014-2018 Elliott, S. Flinders University competitive research funding (combined) $24,500
  • 2015 Elliott, S., Banfield, G., Fane, J., & Brown, R. Flinders University Transition Pedagogy Grant $4,000
Key responsibilities
  • College of Education, Psychology and Social Work Honours coordinator (2018)

  • Course coordinator Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity Honours (2018-present)

  • BSHPA Academic Programs Committee CEPSW representative (2018-present)
  • Program coordinator, South Adelaide Football Club Academy High Performance Program (2014-present)
  • Invited member of the ACHPER National Academic Reference Group (2017-present)
  • Invited member of the Australian Sports Commission's PGAG Advisory Group (2016-present)
Research expertise
Community sport
Human movement and sports science
Sport & fitness
Research interests

Current research projects

  • Parental motives and attitudes toward early sport sampling (S. Elliott and R. Eime, VU)
  • Enhancing the parent and coach relationship in youth sport (S. Elliott and M. Drummond with SANFL)
  • The Sport Parent Project (S. Elliott)
  • The Promotion and Engagement of Contemporary Sports for Girls and Young Women: Implications for Participation (Drummond, Drummond, Elliott, Prichard & Lewis)
  • Pathways to Participation for Girls and Women in Sport (Drummond, Elliott, Drummond, Prichard & Lewis)
  • Using Think Aloud to investigate cognitive differences in set shot goal kicking in Australian football (Elliott, Williams, Magias & Whitehead)
  • Doctoral students emotional wellbeing in qualitative research (Velardo and Elliott)

Completed projects

  • Parents, Girls and Australian football
  • LGBTIQ+ Inclusion in sport in South Australia
  • The experiences of being a talented youth footballer: Lessons for parents
  • Effects of altering number of players and field dimensions on possession characteristics in youth Australian football
  • Evaluating '9-a-side' junior Australian football
  • Parental influence in junior Australian Football
  • Flinders-Panthers Be-Your-Best Program
Topic coordinator
HLPE2300 Foundations of Sport Psychology
HLPE3534 Introduction to Sport Coaching, Management and Administration
HLPE1531 Inclusive and Adaptive Practices in Sport and Physical Education
Supervisory interests
Athlete development
Australian football
Community sport
Diversity and inclusion in sport
Girls and the rising popularity of AFLW
Parental behaviour in youth sport
Psychology of sport participation and performance
Qualitative research methods
Social issues in youth sport
Sport coaching
Sport participation and dropout
Talent development
Think Aloud methods
Youth sport
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Associate supervisor: Physical Education (1), Sport engineering (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Reuben Smith

Society of Medical and Biological Engineering Award SA - OCT 2018

Publications
Expert for media contact
Children/Youth
Parenting
Sport
Optimal athlete development
Parental behaviour in youth sport
Social issues in sport
Youth sport participation and engagement
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0427 398 713

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