Dr. Matt Kritz, the 'smarts' behind Athlete Nation

Let us introduce you to our own guru, Dr Matt Kritz. With over 20 years of working in elite sport through four Olympic Games with athletes who competed in 21 different sports and won over 10 Olympic medals, we believe we’ve caught the best fish in the sea!

The wealth of knowledge, research and experience he brings to Athlete Nation has resulted in the Kritz Movement System that is unique to Athlete Nation. This clear-cut system guarantees measurable results for everyone who uses it; from the first time exerciser to the Olympian athlete.

Matt is originally from the USA where he has studied and gained valuable experience we can benefit from in New Zealand. He is a passionate promoter of movement competency and of the role that good movement has in the promotion of healthy lifestyles and sporting success.

Overview of Matt's career

National Lead of Sports Performance (Women's 7s) with New Zealand Rugby (2012 - 2016)

Responsible for leading the strategic development, implementation, and management of all sports science strategies for the Black Fern 7s program. These strategies include movement competency programming, maximum strength enhancement, speed development, change of direction training, and injury prevention and rehabilitation protocols for contact and non-contact injuries, concussion protocols, nutrition, sleep, and international and domestic travel protocols. The aforementioned strategies are facilitated using current and proprietary technology (i.e. GPS, Accelerometer, Force Plate, Position Transducer, Radar gun for acceleration profiling, Biofeedback and database monitoring systems).

Team achievements:

  • 2013 World Champions
  • 2012, 2013, 2014 HSBC World Seven’s Series Champions
  • First Women’s 7s Rugby program to qualify for the 2016 RIO Olympics
  • 2016 RIO Olympic Sliver Medalists


National Director of Strength & Conditioning with High Performance Sport New Zealand (2008 - 2014)

Matt created and lead the national strategy for the delivery of sports performance and strength and conditioning support service for roughly 500 Olympic and international level New Zealand athletes who competed in a variety of international sports.

  • Lead the national strategy for sports science integration and delivery which involved movement competency assessment, power monitoring and profiling, acceleration profiling, injury prevention and return to play protocols, concussion protocols, sports nutrition and supplementation programming, domestic and international travel protocols, sleep and recovery strategies, wellness and physical readiness monitoring and mental skills and performance mindset training.
  • Lead and delivered the sports science and strength and conditioning programming for New Zealand Field Hockey 2008-2012, New Zealand Netball 2008-2012, Sarah Walker 2008-2012 and Valerie Adams 2010.
  • Supervised the delivery of strength and conditioning and sports science support for New Zealand Rowing, Cycling, Yachting, Triathlon, Swimming, Water Polo, Sprint Kayak, Combat Sports, Basketball, Softball, and Para-Athletes for the Beijing and London Olympic Games.
  • Lead the initiative and helped to secure $40 million investment and eventually project lead the building of six national sport training centres equipped with proprietary turnkey biofeedback training and monitoring solutions


Director of Athletic Performance with UC San Diego (1999 - 2006)

The University of California, San Diego is a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public institution with 29,000 students that is recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide. UC San Diego Athletics have won 30 national championships and have been ranked #1 in the National Collegiate Scouting Association’s NCAA Division II Power Rankings for nine consecutive years for competitive accomplishment, academic prowess and student-athlete graduation rate.

  • Created and lead the university strategy for the delivery of strength and conditioning, nutrition, and sport psychology support service to the 23 sports teams and the 500 student-athletes.
  • Created and implemented the framework that allowed for the effective programing of strength, speed, agility, nutrition, injury prevention, recovery, and travel protocols for Men’s & Women’s Basketball, Swimming, Water Polo, Cross Country, Volleyball, Tennis, Rowing, Soccer, Men’s Golf, Baseball, and Softball
  • Project lead the creation of a student-athlete information database platform
  • Assisted with a variety of other projects to assist the Athletic Department achieve its key performance indicators


Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Japanese Swimming Federation (1997 - 1999)

The Japan Swimming Federation is the national federation for Aquatics in Japan. It oversees Japan's Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Synchronized Swimming competitive programs. It was founded on October 31, 1924. It is affiliated to FINA, the Asia Swimming Federation, the Japanese Olympic Committee and the Japan Amateur Sports Association.

  • Created strength and conditioning programs for athletes preparing for Sydney Olympics and senior level swimmers affiliated with Watermates Swim Club based in Yokohama, Japan.
  • Presented on Plyometric training for development to elite level swimmers at the Japanese National Swimming Training Academy
  • Travelled throughout Japan and delivered strength and conditioning strategies specific to the training resources available to the various swim

Education

Auckland University of Technology (2012)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Strength and Conditioning / Human Movement Field Of Study Sports and Exercise

United States Sports Academy (2004)
Master of Science (MSc) Field Of Study Sports and Exercise (Dual major - Sports Medicine / Sports Management)

California State University-Sacramento (1996)
Bachelor of Science (BS) Field Of Study Criminalistics and Criminal Science

Publications

Static posture assessment screen of athletes: Benefits and considerations

The bodyweight squat: A movement screen for the squat pattern

Using the Body Weight Forward Lunge to Screen an Athlete's Lunge Pattern

Screening the Upper-Body Push and Pull Patterns Using Body Weight Exercises

In-season strength and conditioning programming for collegiate baseball pitchers: A unified approach

Practical Guidelines and Considerations for the Use of Elastic Bands in Strength and Conditioning