Mike McGuigan

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Professor, Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand

Phone: 921 9999 ext 7580

Email: michael.mcguigan@aut.ac.nz


AUT-Millennium Campus


Auckland University of Technology
Private Bag 92006
Internal Mail Code: P-1


  • BPhEd (Hons), Otago
  • PhD (Southern Cross University)
  • CSCS

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Senior Associate Editor, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning

Teaching Areas

Athletic Conditioning
Exercise Prescription

Research Areas

  • Strength and power development
  • Assessment and monitoring of training in high performance athletes

Research Summary

The majority of my research has been in the areas of strength and power development and monitoring of training in athletes. I have also conducted research projects on the use of resistance training for special populations such as children and older adults. I have published a number of research articles on the use of session rating of perceived exertion as a monitoring tool for athletes and other populations. 

Current Research Projects

  • Relationship between strength and flexibility in powerlifting (with PhD student, Alyssa-Joy Spence)
  • Methods to increase and maintain speed and acceleration in professional and semi-professional rugby athletes (with PhD student, Casey Watkins)
  • Relationship between training load and injury risk in elite tennis players (with PhD student, Emily Fanning)
  • Development of strength and power in rugby league players (with PhD Student, Kellyann Redman, University of Queensland)
  • Power priming methods in rugby league players (with PhD student, Peter Harrison, University of Queensland)
  • Implementation of deceleration training to improve change of direction in rugby players (with Masters student, Hayley Gilchrist)


Click on this link for Mike's publications in Google Scholar listed in order of number of citations. Click on the Year link there to show the most recent publications.


  • National Strength and Conditioning Association William J. Kraemer Most Outstanding Sports Scientist Award 2016
  • Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research Editorial Excellence Award 2010
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Outstanding Young Investigator Award 2007