Personal profile


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 Olympians 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 2017

  • 33 Article
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Review article

Variability of Jump Kinetics Related to Training Load in Elite Female Basketball

Legg, J., Pyne, D. B., Semple, S. & Ball, N. Dec 2017 In : Sports. 5, 4, p. 1-9 9 p., 84

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations

An Ecological Study of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction, Part 1

McGrath, T., WADDINGTON, G., SCARVELL, J., BALL, N., Creer, R., Woods, K., Smith, D. & Adams, R. 2016 In : Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 4, 11, p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citations

Protective firefighting boots and their impact on the lower body and injury: A narrative review

Spratford, W., Vu, V., Ball, N. & Walker, A. 2016 In : Occupational Ergonomics. 13, 3-4, p. 147-155 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article