Research in sport and recreation

Ranked in the top 27 in the world, AUT is globally known for its leading sport and exercise science research. Our research covers sport and activity-related areas, as well as performance, nutrition, coaching and human potential.

We're proud to be the home of New Zealand's top sport and fitness facility, AUT Millennium, and the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ) is New Zealand’s number one sports research institute.

AUT Millennium

Our researchers work on key national projects at AUT Millennium, our world-class sports training and research facility in Mairangi Bay.

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AUT academics are known for their expertise in a wide range of areas. Learn more about researchers in your area of interest and find a supervisor.

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John Cronin
Erica Hinckson
Grant Schofield
Professor Jarrod Haar, Professor Patria Hume, Professor Denise Wilson
Girls playing netball
Associate Professor Andrew Gibbons standing in a classroom.
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Patria Hume
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Professor Jarrod Haar, Professor Patria Hume, Professor Denise Wilson
New Royal Society Te Apārangi Fellows
16 Mar, 2021
Three AUT academics have been elected as Fellows to the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.
Girls playing netball
Sport clubs face COVID financial pain
09 Oct, 2020
Sports clubs connected to NZ’s most traditional codes report being “hit hard” by the impact of COVID-19 according to the 2020 National Sport Club Survey.
Associate Professor Andrew Gibbons standing in a classroom.
ECE positive for social outcomes
23 Sep, 2020
New research has found that children who attend ECE have fewer emotional difficulties and better peer relations, but are more prone to common illnesses.
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Enhancing urban regeneration
15 Sep, 2020
A research team has secured $7.95m to quantify the societal impact of major urban regeneration projects currently taking place across the country.
Patria Hume
The lasting impacts of rugby injuries
17 Jul, 2020
A UK study of former rugby players shows they continue to suffer a high ‘injury load’ after retirement from the sport.
Wataru Hiramatsu
Chloe McKenzie
Mel Johnston
Lesley Sommerfield
Erin Feser

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