Professor of Strength and Conditioning
School of Sport and Recreation
For Professor John Cronin, being an academic and researcher is all about people. He sees his role as a Professor of Strength and Conditioning as the perfect nexus between consultancy, research and teaching. People, he says, are at the centre of that nexus.
Professor Cronin began his career as a school teacher in New Zealand and continued working in education in Vancouver, Canada where he gained postgraduate qualifications in sport science and coaching.
After completing his PhD from the University of Auckland in 2002, he was promoted to Associate Professor at AUT University in 2005 where he has established himself as an expert in human movement research with a particular focus on the strengthening of muscle.
Research in high performance sport is a key focus for Professor Cronin who currently supervises a number of postgraduate students from New Zealand and overseas.
Former discus World Champion Beatrice Faumuina, New Zealand Cricket and the Silver Ferns have also benefited from Professor Cronin’s strength and conditioning expertise.
As Co-Director of the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ), Professor Cronin has fostered important links with High Performance Sport New Zealand and many national sporting organisations.
Those links have enabled SPRINZ researchers to have unprecedented access to New Zealand’s top and developmental athletes for applied research purposes. That research will assist New Zealand in continuing to be a top performer on the world stage.