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Sport Science & Human Performance

A career in sport and exercise science is ideal for people who are passionate about sport, health, fitness, wellbeing, or human performance. Whether students are driven to help others reach their goals, prepare for competition and achieve excellence, or are an elite athlete wanting the knowledge to reach their potential in competitive sport, Wintec can provide students with a qualification that is recognised and respected worldwide.

Wintec's programmes give students the opportunity to understand the science behind how the body works, providing them with insight and the ability to get better results for their future clients or themselves.

Sport science and fitness programmes


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Helping restore function and independence to someone with a disability or problem caused by physical, neurological or other disorders is the role of a Sports rehabilitation specialist/ rehabilitation trainer. Over the course of a day they may assess and diagnose patients’ injuries or functional problems, use a range of treatments to reduce pain and improve movement, plan and demonstrate exercises for patients to do themselves, keep a record of progress, and educate clients on how to prevent further injury.

A Wellbeing and sports nutritionist provides nutritional advice to maximise performance and wellbeing for athletes, sports teams, and individuals interested in fitness and health.

Sports therapy has a variety of areas of careers, including sports massage, exercise science and kinesiology, mind and body training techniques, and sports psychology.

A Personal trainer is a fitness professional involved in exercise prescription and instruction. They motivate clients by setting goals, 500 Internal Server Error-澳门赌场网址大全

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programmes, and looking after exercise and sports equipment.

Fitness instructors help people improve their general fitness or train for a special event. This means their day could see them discussing clients’ goals, assessing their fitness and body types, and then designing fitness classes or individual programmes.  They will also be working with clients one on one, ensuring correct techniques are used, and providing basic nutritional and lifestyle advice.

Shane Way talks about his experiences studying at Wintec's Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance.
Farah Mohamed is the supervisor of Wintec's Biokinetic clinic. Farah is also completing her post graduate study in clinical exercise physiology.
Postgraduate student TJ talks about his experiences studying at Wintec's Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance.

Waikato Human Performance Hub

Our Waikato Human Performance Hub is the first of its kind in the Waikato - providing a one-stop shop of multi-disciplinary services to enhance performance in sport and human wellbeing. 

Whether you’re a member of the public in need of physio on an injury, or an elite athlete looking for ways to train smarter, our team of staff and students are able to provide sport testing, clinical testing and consulting services to all skill and fitness levels using:

The Coach

Wintec's Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance Blog

This is where you’ll find the resources to help you reach your potential. Topics about nutrition, training, injury rehab, wellness and exercise straight from the experts are just some of the things you’ll uncover in here.

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About the faculty

Sport and recreation brings considerable value in terms of economic benefits, health savings and social and cultural gains. 

It is estimated to contribute around $5 billion to the New Zealand economy each year – on par with the dairy industry. Research has shown that sport and active recreation resulted in gains in productivity and health benefits valued at a further $1 billion.

Our Centre for Sport Science & Human Performance offers students' qualifications in training, sport medicine, fitness, rehabilitation and sport psychology that will help them forge a career in sport science anywhere in the world.

To be internationally competitive, professional athletes rely on skilled practitioners for the latest and best scientific information and techniques. The fitness and recreation industries are becoming increasingly specialized, requiring a range of qualified professionals.

Our sports science laboratories at our Rotokauri campus in north Hamilton enable students to work alongside athletes as part of their study. Post-graduate qualifications are tailored to meet the research needs of athletes in a range of disciplines. 

We offer practical, industry-based qualifications for fitness industry professionals and expert outdoor adventure instructors. Our qualifications have been developed alongside employers to ensure students learn relevant, required skills and knowledge. We are affiliated with key sports bodies, regionally and nationally, including Sport Waikato and High Performance Sport New Zealand – both of whom are located on our Rotokauri campus.

Our staff ​are experts in their chosen fields, often practicing athletes themselves and engaged in industry research. Many are connected with regional and national sports teams in a variety of roles such as coaches, managers and nutritionists.

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Our course guides (prospectuses) will tell you everything you need to know about Wintec. They contain information about the Wintec campus, student life and the programmes we offer.

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