Sports teaching and research

Massey University is committed to excellence in the teaching and research of sport and exercise.

We offer a diverse range of sport-focused and sport-related academic programmes and a growing number of excellent training, recreational, and research facilities. Our qualified, enthusiastic, and experienced staff work in a wide range of teaching and research activities, and provide consultancy, sport science, and rehabilitation services.

Sport and exercise programmes are delivered through a broad-based, multi-college, multiple-mode approach at the Auckland, Palmerston North, and Wellington campuses. A number of courses are also available extramurally which enables students to study as an internal student, an extramural student, or through mixed-mode studies.

With planning, programmes can be structured so that they fit individual circumstances and locations. The geographic spread of Massey University and the multi-college structure of the sport and exercise programmes provide the concrete foundation for collaboration, diversity and excellence.


Exercise and Sport Science

Exercise and Sport Science staff are located within the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health. Present research activities are in areas of: muscle, and carbohydrate and fat metabolism; applied sport science; sport nutrition for performance and health; motion and gait analysis; cultural exercise prescription for at-risk populations, modelling of physiological and performance responses in sport and exercise.

Our Exercise and Sport Science staff collaborate with other Massey groups in Human Nutrition and Physiology, Food Technology, Fundamental Sciences, Public Health, and Veterinary Science. International collaborations have been established with researchers in England, Australia, France, Denmark, and the United States. A number of postgraduate student projects are available.

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Physical Education

Staff within the Physical Education area are actively involved in research in various fields. Interests range across, sport pedagogy and sport coaching, motor skill acquisition, teaching physical education, teacher and movement education, outdoor education and the interrelationship between mind and body functioning.

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Sport Management and Coaching

Staff within the Sport Management and Coaching area are actively involved in three main fields of research.

  • sport management, sport and aging, race and gender relations in sport
  • sport coaching , goal setting, athletic conditioning, teaching games for understanding
  • experiential education, outdoor education, management development training, transfer of learning.

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