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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

Effects of digital filtering on peak acceleration and force measurements for artistic gymnastics skills

Campbell, R. A., Bradshaw, E. J., Ball, N., Hunter, A. & Spratford, W., Apr 2020, In : Journal of Sports Sciences. p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • The Effect of Acute Body Unloading on Somatosensory Performance, Motor Activation, and Visuomotor Tasks

    Marchant, A., Ball, N., Witchalls, J., Waddington, G., Mulavara, A. P. & Bloomberg, J. J., 17 Apr 2020, In : Frontiers in Physiology. 11, p. 1-12 12 p., 318.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    The perceptual, heart rate and technical-tactical characteristics of 3 × 3 basketball

    McGown, R. B., Ball, N. B., Legg, J. S. & Mara, J. K., Jun 2020, In : International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. p. 1-11 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle