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

  • Tavares, F., Simões, M., Matos, B., Smith, T. B., & Driller, M. (2020). The acute and longer-term effects of cold water immersion in highly-trained volleyball athletes during an intense training block. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 2. doi:10.3389/fspor.2020.568420 Open Access version:

  • 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

  • Mills, B. S., McMaster, D. T., & Smith, B. (2019). Strength training recommendations to improve scrum force and impulse in rugby union forwards. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 41(1), 64-74. doi:10.1519/SSC.0000000000000420

  • Sherwood, S., Smith, T., & Masters, R. S. W. (2019). Pattern recall, decision making and talent identification in rugby union. European Journal of Sport Science, 19(6), 834-841. doi:10.1080/17461391.2018.1545051

Find more research publications by Brett Smith