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Nick Ball is an Associate Professor in Sports Biomechanics at the University of Canberra. Nick obtained his Ph.D. in neuromuscular mechanics and its application to resistance exercise from the University of Portsmouth (UK) in 2007. Nick is the current Head of School for Health Science within the Faculty of Health, and has previously been the Discipline Lead for Sport and Exercise Science (2014-2018). Nick has been an Accredited Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach for over 10 years with qualifications in Australia (Lv 2 Pro-Coach) and UK (ASCC). Nick is the current Head of Athlete Preparation for the UC Capitals WNBL team, which includes Olympic, World Championship and Commonwealth Games athletes. Nick has performed biomechanical and strength coach servicing to aid in the optimisation of techniques in sports such as para-equestrian, basketball, squash, hockey, golf, running and rugby.

Nick’s research interests focus on 2 areas. The neuromuscular responses to resistance exercise with a focus on co-ordination and transfer of training and the role of the neuromuscular system and resistance exercise in injury prevention.

Specific research areas with ongoing projects include:

  • The role of the neuromuscular system in generating lower body stiffness and its subsequent impact on agility based movements.
  • Co-ordination based exercise interventions for a neuromuscular disease population

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Research Output 2009 2018

  • 36 Article
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Review article

Effects of athlete-dependent traits on joint and system countermovement-jump power

Williams, K. J., Chapman, D. W., Phillips, E. J. & Ball, N. 1 Nov 2018 In : International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 13, 10, p. 1378-1385 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citations

Load-power relationship during a countermovement jump: A joint level analysis

Williams, K. J., Chapman, D. W., Phillips, E. J. & Ball, N. B. 1 Jan 2018 In : Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 32, 4, p. 955-961 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

4 Citations
Open Access
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
1 Citations

Ankle restrictive firefighting boots alter the lumbar biomechanics during landing tasks

Vu, V., Walker, A., Ball, N. & Spratford, W. 1 Nov 2017 In : Applied Ergonomics. 65, p. 123-129 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Biomechanical Phenomena