Strength and conditioning conference 2022

The SPRINZ strength and conditioning conference will be held from 10 - 11 November 2022 at the AUT Millennium.

A conference that provides actionable steps for improved Strength and Conditioning practice.

Ask. Answer. Share.

Details about the conference

The day has been organised in a burst mode with many great speakers sharing information in 15-20 min sessions, with 5-10 minutes of questions. There is an incredible variety of topics with the day finishing with a chance to mix and mingle.

What's on


Introduction, house keeping

John Cronin


Craig Harrison


Angus Ross

12.30 - 1.30pm



Theoretical model to reality

Mike Schofield

3 - 3.30pm



Mat Blair


Strangth & Conditioning for professional tennis players

Emily Carter


The teams behind the teams (panel discussion)

Jamie Tout and team

From 5.15pm

Mix and mingle

This day showcases the many technologies and industry partners we are working with in the strength and conditioning and sport technology space. The sessions will show how we are using them within our research and practice to improve diagnostics and exercise prescription.  A brief outline of the sessions is supplied herewith, and in all these sessions you will get the opportunity to get practical with the technology.

What's on


Strain Gauge or Flywheel or Force Plates or Foot Pods or Myovolt


Strain Gauge or Flywheel or Force Plates or Foot Pods or Myovolt

10.10 - 11am



Strain Gauge or Flywheel or Force Plates or Foot Pods or Myovolt


Strain Gauge or Flywheel or Force Plates or Foot Pods or Myovolt


With force plates becoming more readily accessible we will share with you how some practitioners are using them and the more important variables to keep an eye in your exercise prescription for return to play and/or performance.


Myovolt technology provides localised vibration to the musculotendinous tissues. This session explores the adaptations that this type of loading/training elicits and some of our thinking around it’s utility for the strengthening of injured and non-injured muscle.


TruStrength is an in-house strain gauge technology we have developed. This session explores the many applications of this technology and how we are using it in load quantification in areas such as isometrics and elastic based resistance training.

Exerfly Flywheel Technology

Flywheel inertial resistance training provides another option for strength and power training and improving the performance of your clients/athletes. Come learn about and experience what flywheel training is all about.


We have been using Plantiga footpod technology in a multitude of areas from jumping and running assessments to return to play and diagnosing concussive gait. Check these sensors out and their applications as a movement diagnostics tool.

Professor John Cronin (Professor, Strength and Conditioning)

The where and when of resistance training

In this session the benefits and limitations of flywheel, elastic band and wearable resistance are explored, with a view to explain where they may best fit within your strength training programs.

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Dr Matt Cross (Research Fellow, AUT)

Adopting a force-velocity approach to resisted sprinting

Horizontal resistance (e.g., sleds) is a common tool used to target the development of sprinting acceleration performance. Despite substantial leaps in our understanding of mechanistic underpinnings and some applied training results, points of confusion persist: is towing heavy resistance really specific to sprinting, and does it place athletes at high risk of injury?

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Dr Aaron Uthoff (Research Fellow, AUT)

Is cueing fast ground contact times affecting sprint performance? A practical case for maximizing propulsion

Elite sprinters apply ridiculously large ground reaction forces in incredibly short periods of time on the ground. Have practitioners misinterpreted this information to bias short ground reaction times in lieu of force application? A practical approach to enhancing the back engine and optimize propulsion.

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Angus Ross (Power Physiologist & NTC Strength and Conditioning Manager – HPSNZ)

Spinal Engine

Does the trunk actively contribute to ground force in sprinting and if so should we be training it in an effort to improve speed? We don’t have all the answers yet, but some interesting anecdotal observations will be discussed and research is underway.

Ivan Jukic (PhD Candidate and Research Fellow, AUT)

Velocity-based training: the good, the bad, and the alternatives

Velocity-based resistance training has become a buzzword in the sport science research and practice over the last 10 years. Although this approach to resistance training monitoring and prescription is preferred to traditional methods by many, little is known about its accuracy, confounding factors, and practically equivalent, free alternatives. This session will aim to shed some light on the matter.

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Ed Maunder (Lecturer in Exercise Physiology at AUT)

Using heat stress to stimulate endurance training adaptation

Performing training under environmental heat stress is a well-established means of stimulating thermoregulatory adaptations prior to endurance competitions in hot environments. Research is emerging on whether exposure to heat stress during training can be used to stimulate physiological adaptations relevant to performance in temperate conditions. This session will explore the evidence for using heat stress to stimulate endurance training adaptation.

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Dr Mike Schofield (Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach High Performance Sport NZ)

Theoretical model to reality

During my PhD I studied and coached elite athletes, scripting training based on the latest research, monitoring biomechanics and designing a theoretical model of resistance training for power sports that has been embargoed. Then COVID hit, what I once could do in training I now couldn’t, but we got better with multiple PB’s in elite level athletes. COVID reshaped my “theoretical model”, maybe I had it wrong all along? Here’s my take on why.

Mat Blair (Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health Program Coordinator & Principal Lecturer)


After 30+ years of combined study, teaching, research, and working as a Strength and Conditioning (S n C) coach I recently experienced high-level Flow in a session. This S n C session was gym-based and involved individual coaching together with the supervision of a large group. At the end of the session I asked myself one key question: What skills learned over many years contributed to this state of S n C Flow?

Dr Emily Carter (National Physical Performance Coach at Tennis NZ)

Strength and conditioning for professional tennis players

An insight into the training schedules of top 20 players and how to prepare a youth athlete for this life.

Dr Craig Harrison (Founder of Athlete Development Project / AUT Research Fellow)

Skatepark Learning

No start time. No coach. No rules. But continuous improvement. In this session, we'll examine the rich and effective learning that takes place at the skatepark and the key principles we can steal to facilitate great long-term athletic development.

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Jamie Tout (Current General Manager – New Zealand Campus of Innovation and Sport and former S&C for teams including the Pulse Netball, Black Ferns and HPSNZ)

The teams behind the teams

Lets go into the back room and explore the roles and responsibilities of the support staff of some of our national teams and national sports organizations. In this interactive panel discussion, Jamie and the team will kick around some of the ‘hot topics’ of 2020-2022.

  • what we have learned from COVID
  • insights into concussion research
  • mental health awareness
  • how the roles of support staff have changed and adapted as we see more female athletes take the step into the professional era


  • Attending both days: $50
  • Attending a single day: $30


You can register and pay through our portal (Xetta).

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If you have any questions regarding the registration or the conference in general, please email Jane Hall

Strength and conditioning in action

Quick facts

10-11 November 2022

$30 per day or $50 for both days

AUT Millennium
17 Antares Place

Jane Hall

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REPs registered attendees

All REPs registered attendees will receive the following Continuing Professional Development Points (CPDs).

  • 10 CPDs (Thursday, 10 November)
  • 2.5 CPDs (Friday, 11 November)