Head of Department, Sport and Exercise Science
Phone: + 64 9 921 9999 x 7037
AH221S, AUT North
SA208a, AUT Millennium
Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand
PhD, MAppSc (Sports Physiotherapy) (Australia), AdvDip (Sports Physiotherapy) (Australia), DipPhys (Auckland), CertTert Teaching (Auckland)
Memberships and Affiliations
- International Advisory Board, Physical Therapy in Sport
- Editor, New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine
- Sports Performance Research Institute NZ (SPRINZ)
- Education Committee Sports Physiotherapy New Zealand
- National Executive Member, Sports Medicine New Zealand
- ACC Sports Collaboration Group
Chris originally qualified as a physiotherapist and worked in private practice and with various sports teams for over 10 years prior to becoming an academic. He gained his Masters in Sports Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia in 1995 and his PhD from Auckland University of Technology in 2012. Chris is currently a senior lecturer in the School of Sport and Recreation and a member of the Sports Performance Research Institute NZ where he works with the Sport Injury Prevention group. The current focus of his research interest is prevention of sports injuries in youth with a focus on lower extremity overuse injuries. Chris has several journal publications in these areas, he is the editor of the New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine and is on the international advisory board for Physical Therapy in Sport. Chris maintains his links to industry as a consultant to the AUT Running Mechanics Clinic and he is also on the national executive of Sports Medicine New Zealand
- Applied Anatomy
- Applied Sports Biomechanics
- Human Movement Studies
- Sports injury prevention in youth athletes
- Player workload and injury risk
- Visual rating of movement tests in athletes
With my background as a Sports Physiotherapist my research is primarily in the field of sports injury prevention with a focus on lower extremity overuse injuries and youth sport. I am an applied researcher doing research to inform practitioners involved in sports injury prevention and inform the wider healthy engagement of youth in sport. I actively seek research collaborations with industry partners -current or previous collaborators include Netball New Zealand, New Zealand Football, New Zealand Rugby and the New Zealand Breakers (Basketball).
Current Research Projects
An evaluation of the NetballSmart Dynamic Warm up in youth netball
- Early Specialisation, Sport Participation Volume and Musculoskeletal Injury in Early Adolescent New Zealand Children
- The effects of early specialisation on physical performance and injury risk in youth football players
- Effects of NetballSmart dynamic Warm-up and an adapted Power Warm-up on injury risk factors and physical performance markers in youth netball players
- An Investigation of Workload Monitoring in Professional Men’s Basketball: Training Quantification and Injury Risk
- Injury Prevention in Futsal: investigating a modified FIFA “11+” injury prevention program.
- The effect of a school based injury prevention programme on lower extremity injury risk and performance in youth females
- Coach and player attitudes to injury in youth sport
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (selection)
- Whatman, C., Walters, S., & Schluter, P. (2018). Coach and player attitudes to injury in youth sport. Physical Therapy in Sport, 32, 1-6. doi:10.1016/j.ptsp.2018.01.011
- Weiss, K. J., Allen, S. V., McGuigan, M. R., & Whatman, C. S. (2017). The relationship between training load and injury in men's professional basketball. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance (IF=2.7), 12(9), 1238-1242. doi:10.1123/ijspp.2016-0726
- Mason-Mackay, A. R., Whatman, C., & Reid, D. (2017). The effect of reduced ankle dorsiflexion on lower extremity mechanics during landing: A systematic review. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (IF=3.9), 20, 451-458. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2015.06.006
- Whatman, C., & Reid, D. (2017). Movement quality, physical performance and
prevalence of overuse injuries in secondary school netball players. New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine, 44(1), 14-19.
- Rogers, S. A., Whatman, C. S., Pearson, S. N., & Kilding, A. E. (2017). Assessments of mechanical stiffness and relationships to performance determinants in middle-distance runners. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 12(10), 1329-1334. doi:10.1123/ijspp.2016-0594
- Weiss, K., McGuigan, M., Besier, T., & Whatman, C. (2017). Application of a simple surveillance method for detecting the prevalence and impact of overuse injuries in professional men's basketball. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2734-2739. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000001739
- Mckenzie, C. R., Brughelli, M., Whatman, C., & Brown, S. R. (2016). The influence of optimal handheld load on the technical ability to apply ground reaction forces during horizontal jumping in female netball players. International Journal of Sports Medicine (IF=2.1), 37(4), 318-323. doi:10.1055/s-0035-1565052
- Mason-Mackay, A. R., Whatman, C., & Reid, D. (2016). The effect of ankle bracing on lower extremity biomechanics during landing: A systematic review. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2015.07.014
- Mason-Mackay,, A., Whatman, C., Reid, D., & Lorimer, A. (2016). The effect of ankle bracing on landing biomechanics in female netballers. Physical Therapy in Sport, 20, 13-18. doi:10.1016/j.ptsp.2015.11.002
- Whatman, C., Hume, P., & Hing, W. (2015). The reliability and validity of visual rating of dynamic alignment during lower extremity functional screening tests: A review of the literature. Physical Therapy Reviews, 20(3), 210-224. doi:10.1179/1743288X15Y.0000000006
- Weiss, K., & Whatman, C. (2015). Biomechanics associated with patellofemoral pain and ACL injuries in sports. Sports Medicine, 45(9), 1325-1337. doi:10.1007/s40279-015-0353-4
- Bowerman, EA., Whatman, C., Harris, N. K., & Bradshaw, E. (2015). A review of the risk factors for lower extremity overuse injuries in young elite female ballet dancers. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 19(2), 51-56. doi:10.12678/1089-313X.19.2.51
- McKenzie, C., Brughelli, M., Gamble, P., & Whatman, C. (2014). Enhancing jump performance with handheld loading. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 36(2), 32-38. doi:10.1519/SSC.0000000000000041
- Bowerman, E., Whatman, C., Harris, N., Bradshaw, E., & Karin, J. (2014). Are maturation, growth and lower extremity alignment associated with overuse injury in elite adolescent ballet dancers?. Physical Therapy in Sport, 15(4), 234-241. doi:10.1016/j.ptsp.2013.12.014
- Whatman, C., Hume, P., & Hing, W. (2013). The reliability and validity of physiotherapist visual rating of dynamic pelvis and knee alignment in young athletes. Physical Therapy in Sport, 14(3), 168-174. doi:10.1016/j.ptsp.2012.07.001
- Whatman, C., Hume, P., & Hing, W. (2013). Kinematics during lower extremity functional screening tests in young athletes - Are they reliable and valid?. Physical Therapy in Sport, 14(2), 87-93. doi:10.1016/j.ptsp.2012.06.001
- Whatman, C., Hing, W., & Hume, P. (2012). Physiotherapist agreement when visually rating movement quality during lower extremity functional screening tests. Physical Therapy in Sport, 13(2), 87-96.
- Williams, S., Whatman, C., Hume, P. A., & Sheerin, K. (2012). Kinesio taping in treatment and prevention of sports injuries: A meta-analysis of the evidence for its effectiveness. Sports Medicine, 42(2), 153-164. doi:10.2165/11594960-000000000-00000
- Sheerin, K. R., Hume, P. A., & Whatman, C. (2012). Effects of a lower limb functional exercise programme aimed at minimising knee valgus angle on running kinematics in youth athletes. Physical Therapy in Sport, 13(4), 250-254.
- Whatman, C. S., Hume, P., & Hing, W. (2012). Can 2D video be used to screen dynamic lower extremity alignment in young athletes?. New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine, 39(2), 43-47.
- Whatman, C., Hing, W., & Hume, P. A. (2011). Kinematics during lower extremity functional screening tests - Are they reliable and related to jogging?. Physical Therapy in Sport, 12(1), 22-29.
- Whatman, C., Weiss, K., Allen, S., & McGuigan, M. (2017). Overuse injury and training load in professional men's basketball. In New Zealand Sports Medicine Conference. Hamilton, New Zealand.
- Whatman, C., Walters, S., Schluter, P., McGowan, J., & Knight, R. (2017). Injury attitude and specialization in kiwi youth sport; what's the story? In Injury Prevention and Team Care Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
- Mckenzie, C., Whatman, C., & Brughelli, M. (2017). Performance Profiling of Female Youth Netball Players. presented at the meeting of the Australian Strength and Conditioning Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.
- Weiss, K.., McGuigan, M., Besier, T., & Whatman, C. (2016). The application of a simple surveillance method for early detection of overuse injuries In professional basketball. In National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference (pp. S170). New Orleans.
- Rogers, S., Kilding, A. E., Pearson, S. N., & Whatman, C. S. (2016). A lower-body stiffness: A potential monitoring tool for middle-distance running performance. In 2nd Aspire Academy Sports Science Conference – Monitoring Athlete Training Loads – The Hows and Whys (pp. 56-57). Qatar.
- Spencer, K., Whatman, C., & Reid, D. (2016). Movement competency and association with game performance in secondary school netball players. In British Journal of Sports Medicine Vol. 50 (pp. A1-A12). doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-096952.9
- Whatman, C., Walters, S., & Schluter, P. (2015). She'll be right! Toughen up! Time to examine attitude to injury in youth sport?. In New Zealand Sports Medicine Conference. Christchurch.
- Whatman, C., & Reid, D. A. (2014). Secondary school netballers; are they moving to the right beat?. In NZ Journal of Sports Medicine, 41(2), 80-80. Wellington, New Zealand.
- Whatman, C. S., Bowerman, E., Harris, N., Bradshaw, E., & Karin, J. (2014). Are maturation, growth and lower extremity alignment associated with overuse injury in elite adolescent ballet dancers?. In Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport. Canberra, Australia.
- Whatman, C. S., & Salesa, J. (2013). The use of handheld dynamometers in High Performance Sport NZ. In Sports Medicine New Zealand & The Australasian College of Sports Physicians Conference 2013. Wellington, New Zealand.
- Whatman, C. S., Hume, P. A., & Hing, W. (2012). Visual rating of dynamic pelvis and knee alignment in young athletes - can you believe what you see?. In New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine 39(2) (pp. 76). Auckland, New Zealand.
- Whatman, C. S., Hume, P., & Hing, W. (2012). Are pelvis and lower extremity joint angles during clinical functional tests related to angles during more dynamic running and drop jump tasks?. In 30th International Conference of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport (ISBS) 2012. Melbourne, Australia.