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David Goble PhD

Date Released: Fri, 5 May 2017 15:57 +0200

The HKE Department would like to congratulate David Goble for graduating with his PhD during the 2017 Rhodes University Graduation.

Dr Goble’s study, under the supervision of Prof. Candice Christie, investigated the physical, perceptual and cognitive demands placed on amateur batters while scoring a simulated one day century. His PhD is novel and ground breaking as it is the first study to look at the cognitive components of prolonged batting while physically fatigued. Dr Goble's PhD work has already resulted in one article published in an international journal (The Journal of Sports Sciences), with another article currently being under review.

One well respected international reviewer had the following to say about his dissertation:

“Anecdotally cricketers are often heard to explain that cricket is a game that is 90% mental and only 10% physical. As it stands, cricket research disproportionately focussed on the physical aspects of the game with almost non-existent exploration of the cognitive demands of batting. This dissertation is ground-breaking in that it provides direction for experimentation into the cognitive aspects of batting through having the cognitive measures sandwiched either side of the physical batting simulation. Research to date has struggled to develop a methodology to investigate the cognitive aspects of cricket batting. While David acknowledges current technological and logistical limitations with respect to measuring mental components during play, he provides suggestions for future advances in the field. This dissertation undoubtedly will encourage a new direction in cricket research and will be quickly replicated and built upon as researchers try to understand better training practices for cricket battlers. Through his dissertation, David makes a substantial contribution to cricket research and suggests some important ideas in how we could view fatigue in cricket batting and activity characterized by prolonged intermittent action. The practicalities of the findings are immediately obvious and will undoubtedly be used by innovative practitioners to design better training programmes and will be quickly transferred for use with elite cricketer.”