Dr Scott McLean - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Scott McLean

PhD Sunshine Coast, MSc Sunshine Coast, B Sp& ExSc Sunshine Coast

  • Research Fellow in High Performance Sport
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Sunshine Coast
Dr Scott McLean

Dr Scott McLean is a Research Fellow and the theme leader for Sport and Outdoor Recreation at the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems (CHFSTS) at USC. Scott has a background in Exercise Science (MSc, BExSc) and obtained his PhD applying Human Factors and Ergonomics methods in sport, in which he received the David Ferguson Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia for the best PhD thesis. His research spans a broad range of domains including sport science, safety science, and systems thinking. During his PhD and current Post-Doctoral research, Scott has made a number of significant research contributions which have advanced knowledge in the areas of team performance analysis, coaching, sports system modelling, applying Human Factors and Ergonomics in sport, incident reporting systems in outdoor recreation, and complex system modelling of the road safety system. Scott has experience working with and conducting research with industry i.e. professional sporting clubs and an international football team, government agencies, as well as international collaborators. Scott is also a successful and award-winning football coach, which ensures that his research has a focus on delivering practice implications. 

Current research projects

  • Cycling safety: Cycling reporting of incidents tool (CRIT) 
  • Managing the risks posed by Artificial General Intelligence (ARC Discovery project) 
  • Understanding and Preventing Led Outdoor Incident Data Set (UPLOADS) (ARC Linkage) 
  • Redesign of the St Kilda Football Club football department 
  • Redesign of the USC Para sport program 
  • Multiple sport science projects   

Featured publications

  • Salmon, P.M., McLean, S., Dallat, C., Mansfield, N., Solomon, C., Hulme, A. (2020). Human Factors and Ergonomics in Sport: Applications and Future Directions. CRC press. Boca Raton.
  • McLean, S., Finch, C. F., Goode, N., Clacy, A., Coventon, L. J., & Salmon, P. M. (2020). Applying a systems thinking lens to injury causation in the outdoors: Evidence collected during 3 years of the Understanding and Preventing Led Outdoor Accidents Data System. Injury prevention.
  • McLean, S, Read,G.J.M, Hulme, A, Dodd, K, Gorman, A.D, Solomon, C, Salmon, P.M. (2019). Beyond the tip of the iceberg: Using systems archetypes to understand common and recurring issues in sports coaching. Frontiers in Sport and Active Living. doi:10.3389/fspor.2019.00049  
  • Mclean S, Hulme A, Read, G, Mooney M, Bedford A, Salmon, P. (2019) A systems approach to performance analysis in women’s netball: Using Work Domain Analysis to model elite netball performance. Frontiers in Psychology. 10:201. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00201.
  • Salmon, P. M., & McLean, S. (2019). Complexity in the beautiful game: implications for football research and practice. Science and Medicine in Football, 1-6.

Research areas

  • Performance analysis
  • Teamwork assessment
  • Systems dynamics
  • Extending system ergonomics methods into sporting domains
  • Coaching science