Sport Science & Human Performance
A career in sport and exercise science is ideal for people who are passionate about sport, health, fitness, wellbeing, or human performance. Whether students are driven to help others reach their goals, prepare for competition and achieve excellence,
or are an elite athlete wanting the knowledge to reach their potential in competitive sport, Wintec can provide students with a qualification that is recognised and respected worldwide.
The Wintec programmes offered give students the opportunity to understand the science behind how the body works, providing them with insight and the ability to get better results for their future clients or themselves.
Bridging / foundation programmes
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A personal trainer is a fitness professional involved in exercise prescription and instruction. They motivate clients by setting goals, and provide feedback and accountability to their clients. They also run adventure and survival training exercises so their day could see them running training classes either in the gym or outdoors, testing individual fitness levels, designing fitness programmes, and looking after exercise and sports equipment.
Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)
Certificate in Exercise (Level 5)
Sports therapy has a variety of areas of careers, including sports massage, exercise science and kinesiology, mind and body training techniques, and sports psychology.
Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)
Outdoor adventure education programmes
Outdoor adventure is an ideal career for people who want to learn the tactics and psychology that go into building a team, as well as how to guide and instruct others in outdoor adventure activities.
Certificate in Outdoor Adventure Education (Level 4)
Diploma in Outdoor Adventure Education (Level 5)
Sport science programmes
- Sport Science: This pathway is for students who want to develop a career working with athletes, teams and organisations in performance sport, athletic development and human performance science. The sport science pathway creates both employment opportunity in the performance sector and further study opportunities at postgraduate level. Examples of jobs aligned to this pathway include high-performance strength and conditioning coaching, performance sport coach, athlete development coach, sport nutritionist, performance analyst, academic, and business owner. Related roles that can be attained through further study include physiotherapist, dietician, secondary school teacher, and sport psychologist.
- Wellbeing and lifestyle: This pathway is for students who want to develop a career in a growing market of exercise for enhanced wellbeing and lifestyle. Included within this career direction is work with parts of the community that are elderly, children, have illnesses such as diabetes or obesity, require post-operative rehabilitation, workplace wellness, and other specialised needs. Students with further study, can pathway from the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise into related professions such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, or go into postgraduate study to achieve accreditation as a clinical exercise physiologist (CEP).
- Community sport and recreation management: For students who want to develop a career in community sport and recreation management, and work with national and regional sports organisations such as Sport Waikato. Students can use this pathway to develop skills that allow them to develop careers as Māori health and wellness coordinators, programme and event managers, sport development officers, community sport coordinators, secondary school sport managers, and CEOs of sports organisations.
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science
Master of Science (Human Performance Science)
Professional programmes / short courses
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Waikato Human Performance HubOur Waikato Human Performance Hub is the first of its kind in the Waikato - providing a one-stop shop of multi-disciplinary services to enhance performance in sport and human wellbeing.
Whether you’re a member of the public in need of physio on an injury, or an elite athlete looking for ways to train smarter, our team of staff and students are able to provide sport testing, clinical testing and consulting services to all skill and fitness levels using:
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About the faculty
Sport and recreation brings considerable value in terms of economic benefits, health savings and social and cultural gains.
It is estimated to contribute around $5 billion to the New Zealand economy each year – on par with the dairy industry. Research has shown that sport and active recreation resulted in gains in productivity and health benefits valued at a further $1 billion.
Our Centre for Sport Science & Human Performance offers students' qualifications in training, sport medicine, fitness, rehabilitation and sport psychology that will help them forge a career in sport science anywhere in the world.
To be internationally competitive, professional athletes rely on skilled practitioners for the latest and best scientific information and techniques. The fitness and recreation industries are becoming increasingly specialized, requiring a range of qualified professionals.
Our sports science laboratories at our Rotokauri campus in north Hamilton enable students to work alongside athletes as part of their study. Post-graduate qualifications are tailored to meet the research needs of athletes in a range of disciplines.
We offer practical, industry-based qualifications for fitness industry professionals and expert outdoor adventure instructors. Our qualifications have been developed alongside employers to ensure students learn relevant, required skills and knowledge. We are affiliated with key sports bodies, regionally and nationally, including Sport Waikato and High Performance Sport New Zealand – both of whom are located on our Rotokauri campus.
Our staff are experts in their chosen fields, often practicing athletes themselves and engaged in industry research. Many are connected with regional and national sports teams in a variety of roles such as coaches, managers and nutritionists.
Prospectus (course guide)
The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.
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