Mitch Naughton

Quantifying the collision in the rugby football codes.

Mitch is a PhD student with the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, investigating the role of collisions in rugby match-play and recovery under the supervision of Associate Professor Colin Solomon and Dr Scott McLean.

His research project will investigate the methods by which the match-play and post-match recovery systems have been used to monitor and quantify athlete recovery in the rugby football codes (i.e. rugby league, rugby union, and rugby sevens). This project will further investigate the individual factors which influence post-match recovery, and the purported role of athlete collisions within these systems.

After graduating from University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, Mitch completed his Master of Science (by Research) studies investigating the physiology of collision-induced muscle damage within rugby cohorts. Following this, Mitch spent time in the United Kingdom where he worked for a number of seasons within professional rugby league. Mitch has worked on a number of research projects as a research assistant ranging from thermoregulatory physiology and cooling interventions, to cyclists accident and collisions.

Research interests:

  • Athlete recovery
  • Thermoregulatory physiology
  • Muscle damage
  • Exercise stress
  • Occupational stress physiology
  • Defence science.

If you would like to discuss any of these interests with Mitch, please contact him on: mitchell.naughton@research.usc.edu.au