Dr Brett Smith

Brett Smith

Qualifications: PhD (Auckland University of Technology), Certificate in Adult Teaching (Waikato Polytechnic), Master of Physical Education (University of Otago), Bachelor of Science (University of Otago), Bachelor of Physical Education (University of Otago)

About Brett

Dr Brett Smith is a senior lecturer at the University of Waikato.  For the past fifteen years Dr Smith's research has focused on developing analysis models that integrate physiological measures and performance metrics to optimise performance of elite athletes.  For almost a decade Dr Smith worked alongside Richard Tonks to set up the training and monitoring models employed by Rowing New Zealand and is currently working with the Chiefs Super15 rugby team. Brett recently returned to the University and in 2013 formed a multidiscplinary team that is developing interactive online tools to help educate users in the areas of health, diet, body composition, fitness and performance.

Recent Publications

  • Sherwood, S. M., Smith, T. B., & Masters, R. S. W. (2019). Decision reinvestment, pattern recall and decision making in rugby union. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 43, 226-232. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2019.03.002

  • Sherwood, S., Masters, R. S. W., & Smith, T. B. (2018). Examining deceptive behaviours by attackers in rugby union: The influence of decoy runners on defensive performance. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 13(6), 1100-1107. doi:10.1177/1747954118800577

  • Black, K. E., Witard, O. C., Baker, D., Healey, P., Lewis, V., Tavares, F., . . . Smith, B. (2018). Adding omega-3 fatty acids to a protein-based supplement during pre-season training results in reduced muscle soreness and the better maintenance of explosive power in professional Rugby Union players. European Journal of Sport Science, 1-11. doi:10.1080/17461391.2018.1491626 Open Access version:

  • Tavares, F., Beaven, C., Silvestre, R., Teles, J., Baker, D., Healey, P., . . . Driller, M. (2018). The effect of cold water immersion during a pre-season week in elite rugby athletes. In National Strength and Conditioning Association - 6th NSCA International Conference. Conference held Madrid, Spain.

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Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Smith, Brett 7863 brett TT.7.03 Te Huataki Waiora - School of Health

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