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Associate Professor Darryl Cochrane PhD

Associate Professor

School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition

Darryl has held various positions within the high performance area including; strength and conditioning coach, trainer, team manager, and exercise physiologist, which has culminated in working with Olympic and national athletes and coaches from a range of different sporting codes. His expertise is mainly in team sport conditioning of field hockey and cricket. Darryl is a former international indoor hockey player. It's these experiences that has inspired Darryl's passion to teach and carry out applied research in health, exercise and sport performance.


Contact details

  • Location: 2.07, PTC Building
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2010)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Darryl’s research interest is in sport performance, strength and conditioning where he has published a number of research articles on vibration exercise with an emphasis on its mechanism(s) and application in health, exercise and sport performance. Darryl is interested in developing new technologies and innovation that can enhance performance, reduce injury and accelerate recovery. Additionally, Darryl is keen to producing, high-quality applied research that is relevant to the end user.

  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Muscle Physiology
  • Vibration Exercise for health, exercise and performance
  • Technology and Innovation

Research Opportunities

  • Research Thesis - Vibration Technologies  (01/01/2015) Investigating different applications of vibration technology to enhance health, exercise and performance. As yet there is no external grants so potential students would have to fund their own way.


Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Exercise Physiology (110602): Human Movement and Sports Science (110600): Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified (110699): Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Medical Physiology (111600): Sports Medicine (110604)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 4
Team Member 0 1

Completed Projects

Project Title: Getting Pumped - A new method to recovery

Achieving an appropriate balance between recovery and training is sometimes difficult to achieve when athletes are faced with heavy training and competition schedules. Coaches and trainers are often looking for ways to accelerate the recovery process so athletes can continue with their training or competition without the associated fatigue effects. Modalities such as massage, hot-cold contrast hydrotherapy, and compression garments have been frequently been used to reduce the severity and duration of exercise-induced muscle soreness. However, new technology has emerged claiming that it can rapidly enhance recovery after training and injury. Known as NormaTec MVP - it is a machine that inflates an enclosed sleeve that covers the leg. It is designed to externally compress the legs by a dynamic waveform of compression called peristaltic pulse. By rhythmically inducing pressure on a limb, the MVP accelerates the circulatory and lymph systems that increase circulation of nutrients through the blood to reduce swelling, inflammation, and muscle soreness, which accelerates recovery. To date, no empirical data exists whether this device is able to alleviate muscle soreness and accelerate recovery. Therefore, the aim of this study investigated whether NormaTec MVP was capable of reducing delayed onset of muscle soreness and improves recovery time.
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Date Range: 2010 - 2011

Funding Body: Massey University

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Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Kylie Legg - Doctor of Philosophy
    Physiological demands, muscle activity and horse-rider coordination dynamics of jockeys.

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2014 - Blake Perry - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Effect of Rapid and Prolonged Changes in Blood Pressure on Cerebral Blood Flow in Healthy Humans

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