John Cronin

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Professor, Strength and Conditioning, Head of International Partnerships

Phone: + 64 9 921 9999 ext.

Email: john.cronin@aut.ac.nz

Qualifications

PhD (Auckland), BEd, MA, DipHighPerformaCoaching, DipPE, Dip Tchg

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Diploma High Performance Coaching (Canada)
  • Level IV Accreditation – Rugby (Canada)
  • External reviewer for: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport; Journal of Sports Science; Physical Therapy in Sport; Journal of Applied Biomechanics; Clinical Biomechanics, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance; European Journal of Applied Physiology

Teaching Areas

  • Strength and conditioning
  • Muscle mechanics and physiology
  • Sports biomechanics

Research Areas

Strength and Conditioning, and Biomechanics specialty areas:

  • Kinematics and kinetics of resistance training
  • Movement competency screening
  • Development of strength, power, speed, balance and agility
  • Eccentric exercise
  • Long term athlete development
  • Cricket research
  • Wearable resistance

Research Summary

John has research interests in human movement/ sport performance research particularly around the strengthening of muscle, these themes span high performance sport to long-term athlete development. He has additional interest around sport technology research. John has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers as well three book chapters; 60 invited or keynote presentations at national and international conferences/symposia and over 100 national or international conference presentations. ).  He has supervised 18 PHD and 25 Masters students to completion. John is currently supervising 22 postgraduate students (20 PhD, 2 Masters). John has consulted to many sports Internationally and Nationally.

Current Research Projects

PhD current research projects

  • Equipment-related injury prevention initiatives in alpine skiing and snowboarding (with PhD student Brenda Costa-Scorse, NZ).
  • Modifying mechanical stiffness to optimise power performance (with PhD student Kim Simperingham, NZ).
  • Environmental and match factors affecting physical performance in soccer (with PhD student Josh Trewin, NZ).
  • Design, construction and validation of eccentric towing device (with PhD student, Farhan Tinwala, NZ).
  • Analysis of road racing motorcycle rider performance (with PhD Student Emanuele D’Artibale, Italy).
  • Developing sprint ability in youth (with PhD student, Aaron Uthoff, USA)
  • Long-term implications of implemented weightlifting development model in youth athletes (with PhD student, Andrew Pichardo, USA)
  • The effectiveness of resisted sprinting to improve acceleration in adolescent athletes (with PhD student, Mike Cahill, USA)
  • The use of triple and quintuple hops in physical performance profiling (with PhD student, Ant Sharp, NZ)
  • The quantification and development of a bilateral and unilateral osteogenic jump-landing program and its chronic effects on bone health in premenopausal women. (with PhD student, Tracey Clissold, NZ)
  • The role of axial torque production in shotput and discus performance (with PhD student, Mike Schofield, NZ)
  • Integrated neuromuscular training for injury prevention in the female athlete (with PhD student Lesley Sommerfield, USA)
  • The effects of accentuated tempo resistance training on direct and indirect measures of athletic performance (with PhD student Dustin Oranchuk, USA)
  • Validation and development of a performance test battery to predict push-start performance in elite level bobsleigh (with Masters student, Robert Condliffe, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales)
  • Effects of wearable resistance on workload parameters during endurance running (with PhD student Paul MacAdam, NZ).
  • The effects of lower-extremity wearable resistance (WR) on sprint acceleration (with PhD student Erin Feser, USA).
  • Effectiveness of a holistic training program on youth athlete movement competency (with PhD student Richard Sylvester, Canada).
  • Assessing autoregulation strategies for fatigue management and performance enhancement in energy restricted powerlifters (with PhD student Kedric Kwan).
  • Validation and development of a performance test battery to predict push-start performance in elite level bobsleigh (with PhD student, Robert Condliffe, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales).
  • Strength and conditioning considerations for young artictic gymnasts (with PhD student Sylvia Moekopps, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales).
  • The validity and inter-unit reliability of a low-cost wearable microsensor to assess fast bowling in cricket (with Masters student, Joey McGrath).
  • Countermovement jump force-time characteristics and their relationship to athletic performance (with Masters student Phil Brady, USA).
Masters current research projects
  • The validity and inter-unit reliability of a low-cost wearable microsensor to assess fast bowling in cricket (with MSE student, Joey McGrath, NZ)

Publications

2018

  • Blair, M. R., Cronin, J. B., Rehrer, N. J., Button, C., & Gill, N. D. (2018). Contextual review of physical requirements of refereeing Rugby Union at an elite Level. Strength and Conditioning Strength and Conditioning Journal, 40(2), 17-30. doi:10.1519/SSC.0000000000000352
  • Couture, G. A., Simperingham, K. D., Cronin, J. B., Lorimer, A. V., Kilding, A. E., & Macadam, P. (2018). Effects of upper and lower body wearable resistance on spatio-temporal and kinetic parameters during running. Sports Biomechanics. doi:10.1080/14763141.2018.1508490
  • D Artibale, E., Laursen, P. B., & Cronin, J. B. (2018). Human performance in motorcycle road racing: a review of the literature. Sports Medicine, 48(6), 1345-1356. doi:10.1007/s40279-018-0895-3
  • Dolcetti, J., Cronin, J., Macadam, P., & Feser, E. (2018). Wearable resistance training for speed and agility. Strength and Conditioning Journal. doi:10.1519/SSC.0000000000000436
  • Helms, E. R., Byrnes, R., Cooke, D., Haischer, M., Carzoli, J., Johnson, T., . . . Zourdos, M. C. (2018). RPE vs percentage 1RM loading in periodized programs matched for sets and repetitions. Frontiers in Physiology, 9, 247. doi:10.3389/fphys.2018.00247
  • Macadam, P., Cronin, J. B., Uthoff, A. M., Johnston, M., & Knicker, A. J. (2018). Role of Arm Mechanics During Sprint Running: A Review of the Literature and Practical Applications. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 40(5), 14-23. doi:10.1519/SSC.0000000000000391
  • Macadam, P., Simperingham, K. D., & Cronin, J. B. (2018). Forearm wearable resistance effects on sprint kinematics and kinetics. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2018.08.012
  • MacDonald-Wells, D., Cronin, J., & Macadam, P. (2018). Key movements and skills of wicket-keepers in one day international cricket. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. doi:10.1177/1747954118786849
  • MacDonald Wells, D. C., Cronin, J. B., & Macadam, P. (2018). Key match activities of different fielding positions and categories in one-day international cricket. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 18(4), 609-621. doi:10.1080/24748668.2018.1501994
  • Marriner, C. R., Cronin, J. B., Macadam, P., & Storey, A. (2018). The effect of wearable resistance on power cleans in recreationally trained males.. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning. 26(03):22-26, 2018, 26(03), 22-26.
  • Moeskops, S., Oliver, J. L., Read, P. J., Cronin, J. B., Myer, G. D., Haff, G. G., & Lloyd, R. S. (2018). Within- and between-session reliability of the isometric midthigh pull in young female athletes. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 32(7), 1892-1901. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000002566
  • Moeskops, S., Oliver, J. L., Read, P. J., Cronin, J. B., Myer, G. D., & Lloyd, R. S. (2018). The physiological demands of youth artistic gymnastics; applications to strength and conditioning. Strength and Conditioning Journal, doi:10.1519/SSC.0000000000000404
  • Reyneke, J., Hansen, K., Cronin, J. B., & Macadam, P. (2018). An investigation into the influence of score differential on the physical demands of international women’s rugby sevens match play. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 18(4), 523-531. doi:10.1080/24748668.2018.1499070
  • Rumpf, M. C., Cronin, J., Oliver, J., & Hughes, M. (2018). Sprint running kinematics and kinetics in pre-peak-height-velocity male children on a non-motorised treadmill: reliability and normative data. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness: 1-8. doi:10.1080/14763141.2017.1409796
  • Trewin, J., Meylan, C., Varley, M. C., Cronin, J., & Ling, D. (2018). Effect of match factors on the running performance of elite female soccer players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 32(7), 2002-2009.
  • Uthoff, A., Oliver, J., Cronin, J., Harrison, C., & Winwood, P. (2018). Sprint-specific training in youth: backward running vs. forward running training on speed and power measures in adolescent male athletes. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000002914
  • Uthoff, A., Oliver, J., Cronin, J., Winwood, P., & Harrison, C. (2018). Prescribing target running intensities for high-school athletes: can forward and backward running performance be autoregulated?. Sports (Basel), 6(3). doi:10.3390/sports6030077
  • Uthoff, A., Oliver, J., Cronin, J., Harrison, C., & Winwood, P. (2018). A new direction to athletic performance: understanding the acute and longitudinal responses to backward running. Sports Medicine, 48(5), 1083-1096. doi:10.1007/s40279-018-0877-5

Conferences

  • Cronin, J. (2018). Wearable resistance:The future is light. In National Strength and Conditioning Conference. Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America, 11– 14 July 2018.
  • Feser, E., Macadam, P., Ngarahra, R., & Cronin, J. (2018). The effects of lower limb wearable resistance on step kinematics during sprint running. In Proceedings of the 36th International Conference of Biomechanics in Sports. Auckland, New Zealand. 10 – 14 September 2018.

Peer Reviewed Articles (2017 only)

  • Clissold, T. L., Winwood, P. W., Cronin, J. B., & De Souza, M. J. (2017). Do bilateral vertical jumps with reactive jump landings achieve osteogenic thresholds with and without instruction in premenopausal women?. J Appl Biomech, 1-25. doi:10.1123/jab.2017-0114
  • Costa-Scorse, B. A., Hopkins, W. H., Cronin, J., & Bressel, E. (2017). The utility of two national injury databases to evaluate snow sports injuries in New Zealand. Snow Sports Trauma and Safety: 21st Volume.. Snow Sports Trauma and Safety, 21. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-52755-0_2
  • Costa-Scorse, B. A., Hokins, W. H., Cronin, J., & Bressel, E. (2017). Injuries in alpine skiing and snowboarding at New Zealand ski areas over five winter seasons (2010 – 2014). Snow Sports Trauma and Safety, 21. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-52755-0_2
  • Croft, H., Spencer, K., Robertson, S., & Cronin, J. (2017). The problem with big data and coaching: closing the gap – a review. Scope (Activity and Health), 1(1).
  • Cronin, J., Harrison, C., Lloyd, R. S., & Spittle, M. (2017). Modifying games for improved aerobic fitness and skill acquisition in youth. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 39(2), 82-88. doi:10.1519/SSC.0000000000000283
  • Cronin, J., Lawton, T., Harris, N., Kilding, A., & McMaster, D. T. (2017). A brief review of handgrip strength and sport performance. J Strength Cond Res, 31(11), 3187-3217. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000002149
  • D Artibale, E., Laursen, P. B., & Cronin, J. B. (2017). Profiling the physical load on riders of top-level motorcycle circuit racing. Journal of Sports Sciences, 1-7. doi:10.1080/02640414.2017.1355064
  • D'Artibale, E., Rohan, M., & Cronin, J. B. (2017). Trend analysis of 20 years of FIM road racing grand prix motorcycle world championship. Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 1-19. doi:10.1123/ijspp.2017-0664
  • Helms, E. R., Brown, S. R., Cross, M. R., Storey, A., Cronin, J., & Zourdos, M. C. (2017). Self-rated accuracy of rating of perceived exertion-based load prescription in powerlifters. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 31 (10):2938 -2943.
  • Helms, E. R., Zourdos, M., Storey, A., & Cronin, J. (2017). Rating of perceived exertion as a method of volume autoregulation within a periodized program. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000002032
  • Macadam, P., Simperingham, K. D., Cronin, J. B., Couture, G., & Evison, C. (2017). Acute kinematic and kinetic adaptations to wearable resistance during vertical jumping. European Journal of Sport Science, 17(5), 555-562. doi:10.1080/17461391.2017.1298672
  • Marriner, C., Macadam, P., Cronin, J. B., & Storey, A. (2017). Redistributing load using wearable resistance during power clean training improves athletic performance. European Journal of Sport Science. doi:10.1080/17461391.2017.1360396
  • Meyers, R. W., Oliver, J. L., Hughes, M. G., Lloyd, R. S., & Cronin, J. B. (2017). New insights into the development of maximal sprint speed in male youth. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 39(2), 2-10. doi:10.1519/SSC.0000000000000290
  • Simperingham, K. D., Cronin, J. B., Pearson, S. N., & Ross, A. (2017). Reliability of horizontal force–velocity–power profiling during short sprint-running accelerations using radar technology. Sports Biomechanics, 1-12. doi:10.1080/14763141.2017.1386707
  • Tan, E., Beaven, C. M., Li, C., McGuigan, M., & Cronin, J. B. (2017). Strength and power profile of world class wushu taolu athletes. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 25(3), 13-18.
  • Tinwala, F., Cronin, J., Haemmerle, E., & Ross, A. (2017). Eccentric strength training: a review of the available technology. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 39(1), 32-47.
  • Trewin, J., Meylan, C., Varley, M. C., & Cronin, J. (2017). The influence of situational and environmental factors on match-running in soccer: a systematic review. Science and Medicine in Football, 1(2), 183-194. doi:10.1080/24733938.2017.1329589

Peer Reviewed Articles (2016 only):

  1. Claudino, J. G., Cronin, J., Mezêncio, B., McMaster, D. T., McGuigan, M., Tricoli, V., . . . Serrão, J. C. (2016). The countermovement jump to monitor neuromuscular status: A meta-analysis. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2016.08.011
  2. Claudino, J. G., Cronin, J. B., Mezêncio, B., Pinho, J. P., Pereira, C., Mochizuki, L., . . . Serrão, J. C. (2016). Autoregulating jump performance to induce functional overreaching. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(8), 2242-2249. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000001325
  3. Contreras, B., Vigotsky, A. D., Schoenfeld, B. J., Beardsley, C., McMaster, D. T., Reyneke, J., & Cronin, J. (2016). Effects of a six-week hip thrust versus front squat resistance training program on performance in adolescent males: A randomized-controlled trial. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000001510
  4. Cronin, J. B., Sharp, A. P., Stronach, B., Deuchrass, R., Bressel, E., Shackel, D. F., & McMaster, D. T. (2016). Strength and conditioning for throwing in cricket. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 38(6), 1-9. doi:10.1519/SSC.0000000000000254
  5. Frost, D., Bronson, S., Cronin, J., & Newton, R. (2016). Changes in maximal strength, velocity, and power after 8 weeks of training with pneumatic or free weight resistance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(4), 934-944.
  6. Helms, E. R., Cronin, J., Storey, A., & Zourdos, M. C. (2016). Application of the repetitions in reserve-based rating of perceived exertion scale for resistance training. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 38(4), 42-49. doi:10.1519/SSC.0000000000000218
  7. Lloyd, R. S., Cronin, J. B., Faigenbaum, A. D., Haff, G. G., Howard, R., Kraemer, W. J., . . . Oliver, J. L. (2016). National Strength and Conditioning Association position statement on long-term athletic development. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(6), 1491-1509. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000001387
  8. Lloyd, R. S., Radnor, J. M., De Ste Croix, M. B. A., Cronin, J. B., & Oliver, J. L. (2016). Changes in sprint and jump performances after traditional, plyometric, and combined resistance training in male youth pre- and post-peak height velocity. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(5), 1239-1247. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000001216
  9. Macadam, P., Cronin, J. B., & Simperingham, K. D. (2016). The effects of wearable resistance training on metabolic, kinematic and kinetic variables during walking, running, sprint running and jumping: A systematic review. Sports Medicine, 1-20. doi:10.1007/s40279-016-0622-x
  10. Macadam, P., Simperingham, K. D., & Cronin, J. B. (2016). Acute kinematic and kinetic adaptations to wearable resistance during sprint acceleration. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000001596
  11. McMaster, D. T., Gill, N., Cronin, J., & McGuigan, M. (2016). Force-velocity power assessment in semi-professional rugby union players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 27(6), 1463-1470. doi:10.1519/JSC.0b013e3182a1da46
  12. Meyers, R. W., Oliver, J. L., Hughes, M. G., Lloyd, R. S., & Cronin, J. B. (2016). The influence of maturation on sprint performance in boys over a 21-month period. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 48(12), 2555-2562. doi:10.1249/MSS.0000000000001049
  13. Meyers, R. W., Oliver, J. L., Hughes, M. G., Lloyd, R. S., & Cronin, J. B. (2016). Asymmetry during maximal sprint performance in 11-16 year old boys. Pediatric Exercise Science, 24 pages. doi:10.1123/pes.2016-0018
  14. Paterson, S., Mcmaster, D. T., & Cronin, J. (2016). Assessing change of direction ability in badminton athletes. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 38(5), 18-30. doi:10.1519/SSC.0000000000000241
  15. Pearson, S. N., Hume, P., Cronin, J. B., & Slyfield, D. (2016). America’s Cup sailing: Effect of standing arm-cranking (‘grinding’) direction on muscle activity, kinematics, and torque application. Sports, 4(37). doi:10.3390/sports4030037.
  16. Ross, A., Gill, N., Cronin, J., & Malcata, R. (2016). Defensive and attacking performance indicators in Rugby sevens. International journal of performance Analysis in Sport, 16(2), 569-580. Retrieved from http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/uwic/ujpa/2016/00000016/00000002/art00014
  17. Simperingham, K. D., Cronin, J. B., & Ross, A. (2016). Advances in sprint acceleration profiling for field-based team-sport athletes: Utility, reliability, validity and limitations. Sports Medicine, 46(11), 1619-1645. doi:10.1007/s40279-016-0508-y
  18. Stolberg, M., Sharp, A., Comtois, A. S., Lloyd, R. S., Oliver, J. L., & Cronin, J. (2016). Triple and quintuple hops: Utility, reliability, asymmetry, and relationship to performance. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 38(3), 18-25. doi:10.1519/SSC.0000000000000224
  19. Trewin, J., Meylan, C., Varley, M. C., & Cronin, J. (2016). The match-to-match variation of match-running in elite female soccer. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2017.05.009
  20. Winwood, P. W., Posthumus, L. R., Cronin, J. B., & Keogh, J. W. L. (2016). THE ACUTE POTENTIATING EFFECTS OF HEAVY SLED PULLS ON SPRINT PERFORMANCE. Journal of Strength and Conditioning research, 30(5), 1248-1254. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000001227
  21. Zois, J., Sharp, A. P., Talukdar, K., & Cronin, J. (2016). The reliability of a rotational power assessment of the core. Journal of Athletic Enhancement, 5(5), 1-4. doi:10.4172/2324-9080.1000241