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MIL OSI – Source: University of Waikato – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Super opportunity for postgrad rugby fans

Two
postgraduate students who love their footy – particularly the Chiefs – are
being offered a prime hands-on opportunity to help bring another Super rugby
title to Hamilton.

The
University of Waikato Chiefs doctoral scholarships offer two students the
opportunity to work with elite athletes and experienced academics on two key
aspects of high performance sport, recovery and on-field decision making.

The three year University of Waikato
Chiefs doctoral scholarships cover domestic tuition fees, along with a $22,000
annual stipend.

Successful applicants will have a relevant
first class honours or Masters degree in a related field.

Human Development and Movement senior
lecturer Brett Smith says applicants should also be able to demonstrate
relevant experience working with athletes, specifically in the fields of sports
physiology, nutrition, strength and conditioning.

He says working with the Chiefs will
provide an excellent opportunity to be involved with some of New Zealand’s best
athletes.

“The successful applicants need to be more than just
good academics, their ideas and theories will be used on the training fields and
in the gym so they need to be comfortable working one on one with elite
athletes and top coaching teams.”

“They will need to be involved in training and working
with the Chiefs from day one so they need to be capable of doing that.”

Recovery and on-field decision making were two areas
teams were always looking to improve, he says.

The student researching decision making
will focus on identifying how professional rugby players make correct
strategic and in-game intuitive decisions in a uniquely stressful and
potentially dangerous environment.

The
recovery project will focus on
identifying the underlying physical characteristics of productive training,
successful match performance and effective recovery strategies in elite rugby
players, and develop strategies to improve the identified characteristics.

The
scholarships are open to domestic and international students and applications
close on 11 September.

The
University of Waikato last year signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the
Chiefs and is committed to extending its research contributions to
include high performance sport.

For
more information on the scholarships or to apply, click here