James Farr

James Farr

Master of Philosophy student

How can we help female youth football players avoid injuries and perform at their best? That’s the interesting topic James Farr is investigating for his Master of Philosophy in sport and exercise.

“I have a working background in strength and conditioning, and work in a role that primarily supports grassroots football in New Zealand. For my master’s degree, I wanted to investigate something that would assist the majority of the football playing population.

“The current format of the FIFA 11+ injury prevention programme has shown to reduce injuries and enhance performance, however, since its development in 2006 by F-MARC there haven’t been any formal modifications. I’m investigating whether introducing new exercises and re-structuring of the original format has a greater positive effect on athletic performance and compliance among female youth footballers.”

James’ research is being supervised by Professor Mike McGuigan and Dr Chris Whatman from AUT’s School of Sport and Recreation.

The right choice
He is enjoying the opportunity to study and research an area of his interest, says James who came to AUT as an international student from the UK.

“Having previously worked in strength and conditioning roles, I’ve always wanted to carry out and complete a master’s degree to further develop myself and increase potential job opportunities.”

Deciding to join AUT for postgraduate study was an easy decision for him.

“Even during my time back in England I always respected the research work carried out by the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ). Its reputation for developing high-quality research has meant choosing AUT was a no brainer for me.”

A world-class research environment
The calibre of AUT’s academic staff has been one of the highlights of James’ studies.

“I’ve enjoyed working with world-renowned subject experts who not only help me with completing my studies but also make me a better practitioner. My supervisors have also been very understanding that I work a full-time job alongside completing my master’s degree.”

He wouldn’t hesitate to recommend postgraduate study in sport and recreation to other students, says James who plans to continue working in sport and exercise science to help athletes reach their potential.

“I’d definitely recommend AUT’s sport and recreation programmes. The reputation SPRINZ has for high-quality research is reason enough.”

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