Lincoln University’s sport science expertise has received international recognition and it’s all down to one man.
Shanghai Ranking’s 2017 Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments recently placed Lincoln in the top 300 universities worldwide.
The honour has been put down to the university’s only sport scientist, Dr Mike Hamlin, whose applied research involves studying the performance of athletes all over the country.
“Other New Zealand universities that made the list have very large sport science departments, but Mike is our sole academic in this field,” Lincoln University’s Tourism, Sport and Society Department Head, Dr Roslyn Kerr said.
“His elite sport research is highly significant and he has a huge number of citations.”
She said Dr Hamlin is internationally renowned for many studies, most notably the work he has carried out on the effects of altitude training in athletes.
His research has involved measuring the physiological performance changes that occur after team or individual athletes, such as cyclists and triathletes, take courses of simulated altitude training.
Dr Hamlin said Lincoln has a strong history in sport, particularly at the elite level, with many New Zealand champions coming from within the university’s student ranks. “The increase in professionalism in recent years has meant that sport is not only a leisure pastime, but a career choice for many. Being able to compete with the best requires a great deal of commitment, skill and perseverance on the part of the athlete.”