How much strength do you lose the further you run?


Find out at the University of Waikato’s site at Round the Bridges on Sunday November 15.

Get your muscular strength, “explosive power”, flexibility and fatigue measured through cutting edge technology before and after the run. Get weighed before and after the race to get the best hydration tips, and find out the best ways to help your body recover following the big race.

Sport and Leisure studies senior lecturer and sports physiologist Dr. Matt Driller, and lecturer and Sport Science Lab Manager Joe McQuillan, are getting ready to assess the effects of running the Round the Bridges 12km event on different measures of muscular fatigue.

Joe McQuillan says he’s looking forward to seeing how participants perform.

“We’re excited to be at Round the Bridges because it’s such a popular local event. We’re looking forward to meeting recreational runners and exposing them to something they may not have experienced before – sports science in action.

“It’s a rare opportunity to showcase the type of work we do in our local community and we’re excited to  measure how runners’ muscle fatigue and recovery is impacted by a running event of this distance.

“We’ll have a great team on site for anyone interested in pursuing a career in Sport and Leisure at Waikato University too,” Joe says.

Come along to the University of Waikato site before and after you run your race.


Round the Bridges

Thousands of walkers and runners take to the riverside this month, for Hamilton’s iconic fun run, Round the Bridges.

Participants of all ages and fitness levels get involved, from serious athletes to those dressed in superhero costumes and families enjoying a fun day out.

Held this year on Sunday November 15, Round the Bridges is not only a chance to explore Hamilton’s riverside trails and catch up with friends and family, it is also a means of fundraising for Mental Health Foundation.

With medals for each participant, awesome on-course musical entertainment and spot prizes up for grabs, this year’s goal is to raise $75,000 for charity.

JoeJoe McQuillan is a teaching fellow and Sports and Exercise Science Laboratory manager at the University of Waikato.

Having established a track record for applied sport science provision and innovative research across exercise physiology, nutrition, strength and conditioning, Joe’s multi-disciplinary approach enables him to apply sport science practice holistically.

Joe consults to a number of high performance endurance sports including Triathlon NZ, Cycling NZ and Canoe Racing NZ and coaches a number of age-group and professional road cyclists.


mattDr. Matt Driller is a senior lecturer at Waikato University.

Previously working at the Tasmania and Australian Institute of Sport, Matt has had extensive involvement with physiological/performance testing and exercise prescription across a range of sports. This includes working with age group/development athletes, right through to Olympic and Paralympic medallists.

Matt has travelled domestically and internationally with teams for National and World Championship competitions and was a Sports Physiologist for the Australian Paralympic Team at the London Games in 2012.


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