Sport and exercise science at AUT University: an overview

  • Also referred to as exercise science
Sport and exercise science is a broad area encompassing 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 has strong links with the sports and health industry, therefore courses, research and service work have an applied and practical focus, giving students ample opportunity to gain experience and make useful contacts.

Discipline Leader of Sport and Exercise Science

Chris Whatman

Senior Lecturer, Sport and Exercise Science
Phone: + 64 9 921 9999 ext 7037

Research interests and associations

Sports Performance Research In New Zealand (SPRINZ) at AUT Millennium
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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News, events and conferences

Contact us

Chris Whatman
Senior Lecturer, Sport and Exercise Science
Phone: + 64 9 921 9999 ext 7037

Dr. Nigel Harris
Head of Postgraduate, School of Sport and Recreation
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7301

SPRINZ Research

Associate Professor Lesley Ferkins
Director SPRINZ

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