AUT sports science delivers in the US

03 Sep, 2019
ATH partnership release
AUT SPRINZ Professor John Cronin

AUT pioneers US programmes with Texas-based Athlete Training and Health

AUT’s Sport Performance Research Institute of New Zealand (SPRINZ) and Texas-based Athlete Training and Health (ATH) have teamed up to launch the first applied sports science performance training for athletes and coaches in the US.

ATH and AUT have been in intense collaboration for two years resulting in a system of evidence-led training programs for all athletes and coaches to maximise potential and reach their personal best.

“At ATH we are dedicated to training the next generation of elite performance coaches who serve as the cornerstone of our advanced programs,” says ATH Vice President of Performance and Sports Science Miche├íl Cahill, PhD Candidate. “Each coach is held to rigorous standards for delivering hands-on coaching to effectively assess, interpret and prescribe exercise for every individual athlete, in line with the ATH training philosophy and methodologies.”

Athlete and coach professional development

Cahill’s work with AUT has led to evidence-based training tracks specific to student, collegiate, professional, adult, team and rebuild/injury recovery athletes. He has instituted a unique professional development plan based on AUT research and practice to continually improve coaching skill sets. The elite model offers three levels of real-world immersive education curriculum that require commitment, grit and teamwork:

  • Internships: 12 weeks of intense training with two distinct tracks
  • Mentorship: Real world coaching in a 12-month immersion, paid position, structured education
  • Leadership: Work alongside a world-class team with cutting-edge equipment and philosophies

“The conventional training model focuses on sweat science; however, this outdated philosophy does not define a good coach or effective sports performance training,” says Cahill. “My goal is to transform this mindset with methodologies based on applied sports science, ensuring continual improvement and development of all athletes.”

AUT SPRINZ Professor John Cronin says,  “AUT prides itself in producing great graduates. This partnership with ATH focuses on this; the workplace action learning approach we use ensures the learning and subsequent graduate capabilities are relevant and meaningful to the sport and coaching industry.”

Useful links

Learn more about each opportunity here: Athlete Training + Health (ATH)