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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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Projects 2011 2020

Research Output 2009 2019

  • 42 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution

Do gymnasts experience symmetrical limb loading when performing foundation gymnastics skills?

Campbell, R., Bradshaw, E., Ball, N., Spratford, W. & Hunter, A., 2019, 37th International Society of Biomechanics in Sport Conference, Oxford, OH, United States, July 21-25, 2019. Stutz, M. & Berg, W. (eds.). Routledge, p. 157-160 4 p. (Sports Biomechanics; vol. 37, no. 1).

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookConference contribution

Open Access
Wounds and Injuries

Injury epidemiology and risk factors in competitive artistic gymnasts: A systematic review

CAMPBELL, R., Bradshaw, E., BALL, N., Pease, D. & SPRATFORD, W., 1 Sep 2019, In : British Journal of Sports Medicine. 53, 17, p. 1056-1069 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wounds and Injuries
Evidence-Based Medicine

Measurement bias in estimates of system power during a vertical jump

Williams, K. J., Chapman, D. W., Phillips, E. J. & Ball, N. B., 1 Oct 2019, In : Sports Biomechanics. p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Reference Values
1 Citation (Scopus)

Reliability of methods to measure energy expenditure during and after resistance exercise

Lyristakis, P., Ball, N. & McKune, A. J., Dec 2019, In : Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. 44, 12, p. 1276-1282 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Energy Metabolism
Heart Rate
Resistance Training
Lactic Acid
Resistance Training
Quadriceps Muscle