• Characteristics and development of strength and power in Rugby Union

      Argus, Christos Kostas (Auckland University of Technology, 2011)
      Rugby Union is a contact sport where successful performance relies on players possessing a combination of strength, power, speed, aerobic and anaerobic fitness, along with technical skills and tactical knowledge. Resistance ...
    • Effect of simulated altitude exposure on sea level performance

      Hinckson, Erica (Auckland University of Technology, 2004)
      Exposure to natural altitude using the "live high-train low" method improves athletic endurance performance at sea level by 1-2%. This method can also be employed with hypoxic devices that simulate altitude, but there is ...
    • The FREED framework for community sports injury prevention implementation in New Zealand

      Gianotti, Simon (Auckland University of Technology, 2009)
      The primary objective of the research underpinning this thesis has been to develop a framework that supports the implementation of community sports injury prevention programmes. Despite the wide acceptance of van Mechelen’s ...
    • Hormone-mediated strategies to enhance training and performance

      Beaven, Christopher Martyn (Auckland University of Technology, 2010)
      Rugby union is a highly competitive and physically demanding contact sport in which successful outcomes rely, inherently, on strength, power, speed, and endurance. Resistance training is a potent stimulus for skeletal ...
    • Losing weight and keeping it off: workplace and dietitian clinic settings

      Zinn, Caryn (Auckland University of Technology, 2012)
      Losing weight is relatively simple; keeping it off long term is the challenge. The maintenance of lost weight has become one of the most arduous and enduring problems in the area of weight control, and is one with which ...
    • Monitoring and enhancing the performance of competitve cyclists

      Paton, Carl D. (Auckland University of Technology, 2005)
      Sport scientists and researchers often use laboratory-based tests to monitor competitive cyclists and to investigate training strategies and other interventions that might provide a worthwhile enhancement in performance. ...
    • Monitoring and modelling swim performance

      Allen, Sian Victoria (Auckland University of Technology, 2014)
      The capacity to objectively track, predict and evaluate changes in competitive performance is a critical component of an effective athlete development programme. This thesis focused on developing objective analytical tools ...
    • Physical profiling of Rugby Union players: implications for talent development

      Smart, Daniel James (Auckland University of Technology, 2011)
      Rugby union is high-intensity contact based team sport that requires players to possess a diverse range of physical attributes. Numerous studies have highlighted differences in physical characteristics between playing ...
    • RugbySmart: the development, delivery and evaluation of a nationwide injury prevention programme

      Quarrie, Kenneth Lincoln (Auckland University of Technology, 2008)
      This thesis represents my research work relating to rugby union from 2000 to 2007. During this time I was the Manager of Injury Prevention and Research for the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU). The main priorities of this ...
    • Strategies to improve running economy in trained distance runners

      Barnes, Kyle (Auckland University of Technology, 2014)
      Running economy is considered an important physiological measure for endurance athletes, especially distance runners. Of the numerous metabolic, cardiopulmonary, biomechanical and neuromuscular characteristics contributing ...
    • The role of dietary antioxidants in exercise-induced oxidative stress and athletic performance

      Braakhuis, Andrea (Auckland University of Technology, 2011)
      Key Question Investigated While acknowledging the general concerns that many have about the antioxidant status of the general population, I have focused on the relevance of dietary antioxidants in athletes. The two broad ...