Dr Martyn Beaven

Martyn Beaven

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: PhD, BSc(Tech) Chemistry

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About Martyn

Originally from Rotorua, Martyn Beaven is a lecturer in Health, Sport and Human Performance at the University of Waikato based at the Adams Centre for High Performance in Tauranga. Martyn completed an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Waikato and worked at Plant and Food Research in Hamilton before moving into post-graduate studies in sports science and a PhD with the NZ Rugby Union. Following his PhD, Martyn completed a 2-year post-doc in Östersund, Sweden at the National Winter Sport Research Centre. Martyn then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska to take up a position as Lead Physiologist at the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory before being recruited to head the Strength & Conditioning Division of the Malaysian National Sports Institute. Martyn has extensive experience working with a range of sports spanning from development athletes right through to Olympic and Paralympic medallists and World Record holders.

Martyn returned to New Zealand in 2016 to take up a role at the University of Waikato. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles with the majority of these papers relating to the physiology of recovery, strength training, and caffeine to enhance performance. Martyn also has a special interest in the non-image forming effect of light of human health and well-being. Martyn maintains  numerous international collaborations, including researchers in Sweden, Germany, Turkey, France, Wales, UK, and Malaysia. He currently is involved in the supervision of 14 post-graduate students.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Current Postgraduate supervisions

Cpt. Dave Edgar, PhD: Physical Performance and Recovery in the NZ Defence Force (Chief supervisor).

Angus Teece, PhD: Sleep and Recovery in Elite Rugby Union Athletes (Chief supervisor)

Charlie Pugh, PhD: Enhancing Intermittent Exercise Performance in Highly-trained Cyclists with the use of Blood Flow Restriction (Chief supervisor).

Stephen Fenemor, PhD: Heat Management Strategies in Elite Rugby Sevens (Chief supervisor).

Tim Rogers, PhD: The Effect of Off-feet Conditioning on Alactic Performance in Open Skill Invasion Sport Athletes (Chief supervisor).

Charlie Roberts, PhD: Recovery Nutrition in Rugby Union Players

Christian Chavarro, PhD: Injury Incidence, Aetiology, and Prevention Model in Rugby Union Players

Conor McNeill, PhD: Development and Application of an Eccentric Force-Velocity Profile in Well-Trained Athletes

Francesco Sella, PhD: Maximising Physical Performance in Female Rugby Sevens Athletes

Koen Wintershoven, PhD: Analysis of Training and Match Demands in Rugby Union: Large and Small Sided Game Formats for Youth and Senior Rugby Union Players

Steven Finlayson, MHSHP

Cameron Olsen, MHSHP

Brenna Holfcroft, MHSHP

Vishal Patel, Grad. Diploma

Completed Postgraduate supervisions

Dr. Shannon O'Donnell, PhD: Sleep and Exercise in Elite Female Athletes

Dr. Francisco Tavares, PhD: The Use of Cold Water Immersion in Elite Rugby Union Athletes

Rebecca Atkins, MHSHP

LauraLee Murray, MHSHP

Rohan Kandoi, MSc (Co-supervision with the Waikato Institute of Technology)

Jako Bekker, MSc (Co-supervision with the Waikato Institute of Technology)

Angshumita Deka, Grad. Diploma

Recent Publications

  • Edgar, D. T., Beaven, C. M., Gill, N. D., & Driller, M. W. (2022). Under pressure: The chronic effects of lower-body compression garment use during a 6-week military training course. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(7), 3912. doi:10.3390/ijerph19073912

  • Chavarro‐Nieto, C., Beaven, M., Gill, N., & Hébert‐losier, K. (2022). Reliability of repeated isometric neck strength in Rugby Union players using a load cell device. Sensors, 22(8). doi:10.3390/s22082872

  • Teichmann, J., Hébert-Losier, K., Tan, R., Lem, H. W., Khanum, S., Subramaniam, A., . . . Beaven, C. M. (2022). Reactive strength as a metric for informing return-to-sport decisions: A case-control study. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 31(1), 47-52. doi:10.1123/jsr.2020-0408

  • Driller, M., Suppiah, H., Gastin, P. B., & Beaven, C. M. (2021). Questionnaire-Derived Sleep Habits and Academic Achievement in First Year University Students. Clocks & Sleep, 4(1), 1-7. doi:10.3390/clockssleep4010001

Find more research publications by Martyn Beaven


Sport Science

Recovery, Blue light, Mouth Rinse