Aaron was inspired to pursue a research career in sport sciences due to the positive exposure to undergraduate research projects he experienced while studying his Bachelor of Human Movement Science. He completed an Honours degree in 2006 and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 2011 from CQUniversity. During his doctoral studies, he quantified the demands of professional and semi-professional basketball gameplay, using this data to develop the Basketball Exercise Simulation Test (BEST) for application in industry and research.
Aaron was appointed as a full-time Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Sciences at CQUniversity in 2012 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015. Since this time, he has developed the research and discipline-specific skills laid down in his studies at CQUni to become a world-leading basketball researcher, authoring more than 150 journal publications and book chapters to date.
Through his research, Aaron has been able to collaborate with various international and national experts and teams within the National Basketball Association, Euroleague, United States Olympic Committee, Australian Institute of Sport, Exercise and Sports Science Australia, Men’s and Women’s National Basketball Leagues, and the ANZ Netball Championship. Furthermore, in his teaching role, he is privileged to share his passion for exercise and sport science with bright, enthusiastic, diligent postgraduate and undergraduate students at CQUni, many of whom have gone onto successful careers. His teaching approach was recognised at a national level with a citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2018.
Thesis title: Development of the Basketball Exercise Simulation Test (BEST) based on the activity demands of current open-age Australian male competition