Dr. C Martyn Beaven – Snr Research Associate

Exercise Physiology, Hormonal Assay, Strength & Conditioning

Originally graduated with a degree in Chemistry from Waikato University. Worked with Dr Christian Cook and Dr Nic Gill in the use of electrosonophoresis to assess muscle damage and hormone responses to training as part of my post-graduate work at the Waikato Institute of Technology. I went on to complete a PhD through the Auckland University of Technology under the supervision of Professor Will Hopkins, and Drs Nic Gill and John Ingram. The PhD was sponsored by the New Zealand Rugby Union and looked into the hormonal underpinnings of adaptation. I then moved to Sweden to complete a two-year post-doc at the National Winter Sport Centre, where I was assigned the role of heading the exercise physiology testing facility and worked as a recovery consultant to the Swedish Olympic Committee during the London 2012 Olympics. At the completion of the post-doc, I moved to the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory, at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln as the Lead Physiologist where I had the opportunity to work with a range of diverse sports. In 2015, I was offered the role of Head of Strength and Conditioning for the Malaysian National Sports Institute in Kuala Lumpur overseeing both the Olympic and Paralympic programs leading in to Rio 2016 and culminating in Malaysia’s most successful ever contingents, including their first gold medal. I am excited to take up a research role at the University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance, returning to the place where I completed my original degree!

I have worked with both able-bodied and disabled elite athletes in various sports, including: athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, cycling, diving, football, golf, gridiron, gymnastics, hockey, ice hockey, javelin, karate, long jump, martial arts, netball, ping pong, rugby union and rugby league, rifle shooting, sailing, squash, swimming, synchronised swimming, tennis, volleyball, water skiing, wrestling, and yachting.

My research interests are varied, from the individualisation of training programs based on hormone responses, hormonal priming, competitive readiness, recovery interventions, over-speed training and eccentrics, ergogenic effects of mouth rinsing, occlusion training and ischemic preconditioning, caffeine, electrostimulation, biorhythms, unexpected disturbance programs, and the non-imaging forming effects of short wavelength light on human well-being and performance. Overall, I would say that my research background has focused on understanding how individuals respond to various exercise stimuli and striving to maximize adaptation and recovery through knowledge of underlying physiology. That includes, targeting innovative and scientific approach all aspects of physiology, nutrition, and technology integration.