Professor, Strength and Conditioning, Head of International Partnerships
Phone: + 64 9 921 9999 ext.
PhD (Auckland), BEd, MA, DipHighPerformaCoaching, DipPE, Dip Tchg
Memberships and Affiliations:
- Diploma High Performance Coaching (Canada)
- Level IV Accreditation – Rugby (Canada)
- External reviewer for: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport; Journal of Sports Science; Physical Therapy in Sport; Journal of Applied Biomechanics; Clinical Biomechanics, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance; European Journal of Applied Physiology
- Strength and conditioning
- Muscle mechanics and physiology
- Sports biomechanics
Strength and Conditioning, and Biomechanics specialty areas:
- Kinematics and kinetics of resistance training
- Movement competency screening
- Development of strength, power, speed, balance and agility
- Eccentric exercise
- Long term athlete development
- Cricket research
- Wearable resistance
John has research interests in human movement/ sport performance research particularly around the strengthening of muscle, these themes span high performance sport to long-term athlete development. He has additional interest around sport technology research. John has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers as well three book chapters; 60 invited or keynote presentations at national and international conferences/symposia and over 100 national or international conference presentations. ). He has supervised 18 PHD and 25 Masters students to completion. John is currently supervising 22 postgraduate students (20 PhD, 2 Masters). John has consulted to many sports Internationally and Nationally.
Current Research Projects:
PhD current research projects
- Equipment-related injury prevention initiatives in alpine skiing and snowboarding (with PhD student Brenda Costa-Scorse, NZ).
- Modifying mechanical stiffness to optimise power performance (with PhD student Kim Simperingham, NZ).
- Environmental and match factors affecting physical performance in soccer (with PhD student Josh Trewin, NZ).
- Design, construction and validation of eccentric towing device (with PhD student, Farhan Tinwala, NZ).
- Analysis of road racing motorcycle rider performance (with PhD Student Emanuele D’Artibale, Italy).
- Developing sprint ability in youth (with PhD student, Aaron Uthoff, USA)
- Long-term implications of implemented weightlifting development model in youth athletes (with PhD student, Andrew Pichardo, USA)
- The effectiveness of resisted sprinting to improve acceleration in adolescent athletes (with PhD student, Mike Cahill, USA)
- The use of triple and quintuple hops in physical performance profiling (with PhD student, Ant Sharp, NZ)
- The quantification and development of a bilateral and unilateral osteogenic jump-landing program and its chronic effects on bone health in premenopausal women. (with PhD student, Tracey Clissold, NZ)
- The role of axial torque production in shotput and discus performance (with PhD student, Mike Schofield, NZ)
- Integrated neuromuscular training for injury prevention in the female athlete (with PhD student Lesley Sommerfield, USA)
- The effects of accentuated tempo resistance training on direct and indirect measures of athletic performance (with PhD student Dustin Oranchuk, USA)
- Validation and development of a performance test battery to predict push-start performance in elite level bobsleigh (with Masters student, Robert Condliffe, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales)
- Effects of wearable resistance on workload parameters during endurance running (with PhD student Paul MacAdam, NZ).
- The effects of lower-extremity wearable resistance (WR) on sprint acceleration (with PhD student Erin Feser, USA).
- Effectiveness of a holistic training program on youth athlete movement competency (with PhD student Richard Sylvester, Canada).
- Assessing autoregulation strategies for fatigue management and performance enhancement in energy restricted powerlifters (with PhD student Kedric Kwan).
- Validation and development of a performance test battery to predict push-start performance in elite level bobsleigh (with PhD student, Robert Condliffe, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales).
- Strength and conditioning considerations for young artictic gymnasts (with PhD student Sylvia Moekopps, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales).
- The validity and inter-unit reliability of a low-cost wearable microsensor to assess fast bowling in cricket (with Masters student, Joey McGrath).
- Countermovement jump force-time characteristics and their relationship to athletic performance (with Masters student Phil Brady, USA).
Masters current research projects
- The validity and inter-unit reliability of a low-cost wearable microsensor to assess fast bowling in cricket (with MSE student, Joey McGrath, NZ)