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

  • 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.

  • Tavares, F., Beaven, C., Teles, J., Baker, D., Healy, P., Smith, T., & Driller, M. W. (2018). The effects of chronic cold water immersion in elite rugby players. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. doi:10.1123/ijspp.2018-0313 Open Access version:

  • Smith, T. B., Hebert-Losier, K., & McClymont, D. (2018). An examination of the jump-and-lift factors influencing the time to reach peak catch height during a Rugby Union lineout. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36(10), 1179-1185. doi:10.1080/02640414.2017.1364401 Open Access version:

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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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