Mike McGuigan


Professor of Strength and Conditioning
School of Sport and Recreation

Professor Mike McGuigan has worked with some of the most high profile sports teams and athletes in New Zealand - including the All Blacks, Silver Ferns and Valerie Adams - to help improve their sporting performance.

If you talk to any world-class athlete in NZ about strength and power development, Professor McGuigan’s name is sure to come up. Having worked at High Performance Sport New Zealand as a power scientist, as well as previously holding positions at Edith Cowan University in Australia and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, he now works at the Sports Performance Institute NZ based at AUT Millennium.

Having completed his Bachelor of Physical Education (First Class Honours) at Otago University, Professor McGuigan went on to do his PhD at Southern Cross University in Australia, focusing on resistance training for patients with peripheral arterial disease. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Ball State University in the US working with one of the world’s leading researchers on resistance training and exercise endocrinology.

Professor McGuigan's past research involved investigating the use of resistance training for special populations including the elderly, patients with cardiovascular disease and children, and the use of session rating of perceived exertion to monitor training.

His current research interest is in strength and power development for athletes. A key focus is on different methods for measuring power and how it relates to strength which is an area in sport science that needs more research, Professor McGuigan believes. He’s investigating new ways of monitoring, testing and assessing athletes and how that information can be integrated with match analysis and training to improve performance.

Since 2009, he’s been the sports scientist/research innovation coordinator for the Silver Ferns. Previously he has worked with a number of different sports teams in Australia such as the West Coast Eagles (AFL), and Perth Glory (A-League) and has also consulted to the Australian Institute of Sport and Malaysian Sports Institute as a sport scientist. Professor McGuigan has also supervised a number of postgraduate students who work as strength and conditioning coaches or sports scientists with elite sport teams.

He is the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Sport Science Medicine, Senior Associate Editor for the US Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning. He received the USA National Strength and Conditioning Association Outstanding Young Investigator Award in 2007.

Professor Mike McGuigan’s extended academic profile