Sport Science Centre

Exercise phsyiology, strength & conditioning, performance analysis, fitness development, education and health

Operating as usual


Congratulations to former UC Sport and Sport Science Centre staff, Carl Bradford and Matt Shallcrass on their recent appointments to Cycling NZ. Carl takes up the role as physiologist for the women's track endurance programme, while Matt is assistant coach to the men's endurance squad.

Sport Science Centre | UC Sport | University of Canterbury 24/05/2018

2018 is the 40th year of operation for the Sport Science Centre, but unfortunately recent changes at UC have resulted in the suspension of all services and a number of staff changes. Please see below.

Changes have been made in the way UC provides sports and recreation services to give more students greater opportunities to participate.

This does have an impact on the services previously available. UC Sport will continue to offer UC sports clubs performance/video analysis, and strength and conditioning support will continue to be available through the Falcons Sports academy. Other fitness/physiology services based at the Sport Science Centre will not be available until further notice. For more information see:

Sport Science Centre | UC Sport | University of Canterbury The Sport Science Centre (SSC) offers a team of experienced sports scientists, strength and conditioning coaches, and performance and technique analysts

Single vs. Dual Beam Athlete Timing Systems - What’s Reliable? 27/02/2018

This why we use Fusion Sport Smartspeed timing lights.

Single vs. Dual Beam Athlete Timing Systems - What’s Reliable? Utilizing technology to validate the training process is of the utmost importance, and being able to identify whether the athlete has or has not improved is what will drive the proper interventions to build better athletes.


This is pretty cool if you're into a bit of tech!! Unfortunately, no mention of cost.

The Mysterious Syndrome Destroying Endurance Athletes 07/02/2018

If you enjoy endurance or ultra-endurance events and like pushing the limits, you may want to read the following.

The Mysterious Syndrome Destroying Endurance Athletes Over the past decade, ultrarunning has gone from a fringe pursuit for distance freaks to a hypercompetitive sport attracting big-time sponsors. But a mysterious training condition is suddenly plaguing its ranks, robbing a generation of top athletes of their talents and forcing victims to wonder: Is....

Timeline photos 29/12/2017

While this study used semi pro players the impacts could be similar for lower level players, given their lower levels of conditioning/fitness.

How long does it take to recover from a football (soccer) match?


Trialing a possible new service (??). Thanks Tina George!! Calf is feeling pretty good today!

Wayne Goldsmith: Parents play a key role in kids' sport 28/11/2017

Some great tips and reminders regarding kids sport and what it's about.

Wayne Goldsmith: Parents play a key role in kids' sport Wayne Goldsmith, who has over 25 years of experience working with coaches, athletes, teams and sporting organisations, talks about the key role parents play ...


Checkout this video to see how UC Sport Athlete Ollie Jones got a chance of a life time. Big congrats Ollie!! After recently completing the Tour of Southland while sitting three exams Ollie entered the world wide search for promising riders via the Zwift training App and......!!

October 12, 2017: Eat, drink, and be healthy 31/10/2017

While this is a North American perspective, the content is still relevant.

October 12, 2017: Eat, drink, and be healthy In this week's episode we discuss two decades of nutrition science with one of the leading experts in the field. Walter Willett, former chair of the Department of Nutrition, recently released an updat


Need's 5 quick tips.

5 Quick tips: Choosing healthy protein foods 1. Upgrade the protein on your plate. The Healthy Eating Plate encourages you to eat protein-rich foods like beans, nuts, tofu, fish, chicken, or eggs in place of less-healthy options like red and …

The Cost of Winning 14/09/2017

Work versus fun....we're forgetting the basics aren't we??

The Cost of Winning The Co$t of Winning is the story about our obsession with sports and youth development and the lingering effects it has on their development.


Example of great body control and awareness!!!

Common Questions About Fruits and Vegetables 27/08/2017

Some sound practical advice regarding fruit and vegetables.

Common Questions About Fruits and Vegetables You’ve heard the nutrition prescriptions: “Aim for 5-A-Day” and “Eat a Rainbow.” Few would argue that fruits and vegetables offer health benefits, including reducing the risk of some chronic diseas…


A breakdown of Usain Bolt's 100 m World Record.


Big congrats to Joe Nation, UC Sport Alumni, for finishing 9th at today's World Endurance Series MTB race in Whistler!! First top 10 finish and a sign of things to come!!


BBC Sport

Don't try this at home or at the gym, but it does put into perspective what World Class really means!!

How Mo could YOU go?


Do you need to refrain from coffee to get the maximal effect of caffeine? | Jeukendrup - Trusted sports nutrition advice & exercise science news

Good news for caffeine addicts!! A very popular believe in sports is that in order to get maximum effect of caffeine in competition you need to withdraw from caffeine in the days or even weeks ...


Congratulations to Bridget Kiddle on receiving the Dr Tom Anderson Memorial prize for the outstanding student for BIOL251. Bridget is not only a top student, but has recently earned her first senior Black Sticks cap, while also being a member of the NZ U21 team and more recently named in the Canterbury Cats squad for the up-coming National Hockey League. Congrats Bridget!!


With finals football on at present here's some recommended recovery strategies.

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