Dr Matt Brughelli

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Senior Lecturer - Exercise Science

Phone: 09 921 9999 x 7025

Email: matt.brughelli@aut.ac.nz

Links to relevant web pages:
Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand


PhD (Edith Cowan University), MS (CSU Hayward), BS (CSU San Diego)

Memberships and Affiliations:

External reviewer for: Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise; European Journal of Applied Physiology;  Journal of Biomechanics; International Journal of Sports Medicine; Physical Therapy in Sport: Journal of Athletic Training; and Strength and Conditioning Journal.

Teaching Areas:

  • Human Movement
  • Strength and Conditioning

Research Areas:

  • Kinetics and kinematics of sprinting
  • Injury prevention in sport
  • Development of strength, power, speed and agility
  • Acute and chronic effects of eccentric exercise

Research Summary:

Matt’s research primarily focuses on 1) improving athletic performance using sports biomechanics and strength and conditioning, and 2) reducing the risk of sporting injuries by investigating risk factors and injury prevention methods. Matt has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and is a reviewer for 8 international journals. 

Current Research Projects:

Current PhD student projects (*=primary supervisor):

  • *Sports-related concussions in New Zealand: Costs, incidence, assessment, identification, knowledge and management (with PhD student Doug King, New Zealand). 
  • *Effects of an intermittent sprint protocol on sprint mechanics and isokinetic dynamometry in elite female soccer players (with Masters student Sarah Manson, Canada).
  • *Does leg symmetry matter in strength, balance and sidestepping measures for male rugby players? (with PhD student Scott Brown, USA)
  • *Muscular activity and ground reaction forces during punching actions (with PhD student Seth Lenetsky, USA)
  • *The effects of handheld loading on horizontal jumping biomechanics and performance in netballers (with Masters student Chloe McKenzie, New Zealand)
  • *The effects of tapering on power output and performance variables in professional rugby league players (with Masters student James de Lacey, New Zealand))
  • Relationships between static hip range of motion, pelvic tilt, and sprint kinematics and kinetics, and changes in hip flexibility across a sprint season (with Masters student Brodie Hewlett, New Zealand)
  • Eccentric induced muscle damage following an acute bout of drop lunges (with Masters student Ben Reynolds, New Zealand)
  • *Force-velocity profiling during resisted sprinting (with student Matt Cross, New Zealand)


Peer Reviewed Articles (since 2013):

* output with student

Last updated: 04-Mar-2014 12.49pm

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