Sport and Exercise Science department

Sport and exercise science is a broad area covering two main elements: sports performance and health and wellbeing. While sport science is a well-established discipline that focuses on sport performance enhancement, there is a growing interest and industry tied to health and wellbeing. Exercise scientists have a role in providing specific exercise advice to the general public, seeking to improve their health.

AUT's highly ranked and globally renowned Sport and Exercise Science department is part of sport and recreation at AUT.

Research in sport and recreation

This multi-disciplinary research team conducts high impact research, service and education to improve human performance. Research groups include sport and exercise performance, athlete development, metabolic exercise science, endurance performance, sports physiology and nutrition, strength and conditioning, sports business and coaching and pedagogy.

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Industry and research associations

We have strong links with the sport and health industry, so our courses and research have an applied and practical focus.

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Contact us

Undergraduate
Dr Chris Whatman
Head of Department
Sport and Exercise Science
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7037

chris.whatman@aut.ac.nz

Postgraduate
Dr Michael Naylor
Head of Postgraduate
School of Sport and Recreation
Phone +64 9 921 9999 ext 6627

michael.naylor@aut.ac.nz

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Top Kiwi athletes training for the Olympics under AUT’s Professor Andrew Kilding and other sport scientists.
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