Partnership: AUT and Athlete Training + Health

Athlete Training + Health (ATH) and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) – one of the leading sports performance training companies in Texas, USA and New Zealand’s top sport science university – have partnered to deliver science-led athlete training programmes and professional coach development.

Through this partnership, students will intern or work at ATH in Texas, USA and have access to the expertise of both ATH and its partner university AUT.

Goals of the partnership

  • Bring the most forward-thinking sports performance training to athletes of all sport codes, ages and abilities
  • A workplace action learning approach that equips students with skills relevant to the strength and conditioning industry
  • Deliver evidence-led training programmes for all athletes and coaches to reach their personal best

What this partnership covers

Three initiaitves are offered through this partnership:

Students complete a 12-week internship at ATH, and have the option of receiving 30 credits towards an AUT Master of Sport and Exercise Science.

Master of Sport and Exercise at AUT

Students complete a master’s thesis through AUT (via distance learning), while working in a 12-month paid position at ATH in Texas where they can apply their coaching skills in a real-world environment.

Master of Sport and Exercise at AUT

Students complete a PhD thesis through AUT (via distance learning), but are working at ATH in Texas where they can access ATH’s world-leading facilities and equipment.

The student’s primary PhD supervisor will be an AUT academic based in New Zealand, but their secondary supervisor will be physically based at ATH, just like the student.

Doctor of Philosophy at AUT

Athlete Training + Health (ATH)

Athlete Training + Health provides performance training services for professional, collegiate, high school and youth athletes across Texas. ATH is renowned for its forward-thinking approach to health and performance training.

Athlete Training + Health website

Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

Ranked in the world’s top 35 for sport, AUT is New Zealand’s second largest university and the home of the AUT Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ), a world leader in sport and human performance research.


AUT SPRINZ students and alumni

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Wataru Hiramatsu

Master of Sport and Exercise
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Japan Women’s 15 National Rugby Football Team & Strength and Conditioning Coach, Suntory Sungoliath, Tokyo, Japan
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Chloe McKenzie

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Sport and Exercise
Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science
Bachelor of Sport and Recreation
Strength and Conditioning Coach, High Performance Sport New Zealand / Owner, Next Level Netball
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United States of America

Matthew Kritz

Doctor of Philosophy
Senior Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Performance, University of California San Diego
Co-Founder / Managing Director, Athlete Nation LLC
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AUT’s world-class academics

Dr Aaron UthoffDr Aaron Uthoff is an AUT research fellow and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He specialises in youth athlete development & sprint training.Dr Aaron Uthoff is a research fellow at AUT and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. His research has largely focused on the areas of youth athlete development and sprint training, and he has also been involved in research projects on throwing biomechanics and backward running. Dr Uthoff’s current research focuses on wearable resistance and its effects on running biomechanics and athlete performance.

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