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About The Author

Nic Gill is a professional strength and conditioning coach and consultant with huge expertise in rugby and other sports. He is a staff wellness and fitness consultant for a number of international corporate organisations and also to a limited number of individuals who take their own health and fitness seriously. He is best known for his work in rugby with 15 years working in the sport. For the last eight years Nic has been the strength and conditioning coach for the New Zealand All Blacks, a period of international success for the team which has included more than 100 rugby test wins and the World Cup title in 2011. He continues to study and research many areas of sports science at the Auckland University of Technology, constantly refining and evolving his philosophy for being fit and healthy and having the 'winning edge' in life and in competition. He currently lives in Tauranga and is married with two children.

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Recent Posts



5 Ways To Reduce Injury Risk In Team Sport Training

By Nic Gill | Thu, Dec 21

When it comes to injury prediction and prevention, there is no magic bullet (despite the almost universal acceptance of heart rate variability or HRV monitoring as the oracle for athlete recovery, readiness, and preparedness).

Despite the adoption of such monitoring, players are still getting injured. Every game, every practice session, it seems like you hear of an athlete who’s down for the count and ruled out of an upcoming match...or longer.

The simple yet inconvenient truth is we’re never going to be able to accurately predict all injuries, much less prevent them.

But over the course of working with a range of athletes, I have a few simple guidelines for physical preparation that are important to help reduce injury rates. These tips don’t just apply to rugby, but to players of any sport and at any level.

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