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Dr Sophia Nimphius

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5848, Email: s.nimphius@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.398
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5848
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5036
Email: s.nimphius@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.398  

 

Sophia is a Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning within the School of Medical and Health Sciences.

Current Teaching

  • SPS4102 - Strength and Conditioning 2: Biomechanics
  • SPS4110 - Applied Biomechanics in Strength and Conditioning

Background

  • 2012-present: Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Western Australia
  • 2009-2012: Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Western Australia
  • 2007-present: Chief Examiner – Physical Education Studies, Curriculum Council of Western Australia
  • 2007-2009: Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning/ Biomechanics, University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, Australia
  • 2005-2006: Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Western Australia
  • 2004-2006: Graduate Assistant – Centre for Exercise and Sports Science Research, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia.
  • 2003-2004: Graduate Assistant – Neuromuscular & Performance Laboratory, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
  • 2001-2003: Strength and Conditioning Coach; Assistant Softball Coach, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, LaCrosse, WI

Professional Associations

  • Australian Strength and Conditioning Association
  • International Society of Biomechanics
  • International Society of Sports Biomechanics
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2008 UNDA School of Health Sciences Teaching Award

Other

  • 2010 ASCA National Conference Most Innovative Poster Award
  • 2009 UniJobs.com Lecturer of the Year National Finalist
  • 2006 AAESS National Conference Student Travel Award
  • 2005 NSCA Women’s Scholarship Award for Strength and Conditioning
  • 2005 NSCA National Conference Student Research Award

Research Areas and Interests

  • Profiling and long term training adaptations of youth and elite athletes
  • Measurement and development of strength and power
  • Neuromuscular and muscle architectural adaptations to strength and power training
  • Biomechanics and physiology of baseball and softball
  • Gender differences in athletic performance

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2009.
  • Master of Science, United States of America, 2004.
  • Bachelor of Science, United States of America, 2002.

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Surfing Collaborative Research Program: A partnership between Surfing Australia and Edith Cowan University,  Surfing Australia,  Surfing Australia - Grant,  2014 - 2017,  $366,062.
  • Non Invasive Neuromuscular Fatigue Test Battery ,  National Strength and Conditioning Association,  Grant,  2016 - 2017,  $11,545.
  • Assessment of changes in adolescent neuromotor fitness and bone strength ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2015,  2015 - 2016,  $25,000.
  • Effect of attentional focus and augmented feedback on height attained during aerial skateboarding manoeuvres,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Medical and Health Sciences Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016,  $10,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Nimphius, S., (2014), Increasing Agility. High-Performance Training for Sports, 185-198, USA.

Journal Articles

  • Rantalainen, T., Hart, N., Nimphius, S., Wundersitz, D., (2016), Associations between step duration variability and inertial measurement unit derived gait characteristics. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 32(4), 401-406, USA, DOI: 10.1123/jab.2015-0266.
  • Hart, N., Nimphius, S., Weber, J., Spiteri, T., Rantalainen, T., Dobbin, M., Newton, R., (2016), Musculoskeletal asymmetry in football athletes: A product of limb function over time. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 48(7), 1379-1387, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000897.
  • Hart, N., Wilkie, J., Spiteri, T., Nimphius, S., Newton, R., (2016), Relationship between leg mass, leg composition and foot velocity on kicking accuracy in Australian Football. Journal of Sport Science and Medicine, 15(2), 344-351, Turkey.
  • Tran, T., Lundgren, L., Secomb, J., Farley, O., Haff, G., Seitz, L., Newton, R., Nimphius, S., Sheppard, J., (2015), Comparison of Physical Capacities Between Nonselected and Selected Elite Male Competitive Surfers for the National Junior Team. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 10(2), 178-182, Champaign, Illinois, United States, DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2014-0222.
  • Secomb, J., Lundgren, L., Tran, T., King, A., Nimphius, S., Sheppard, J., Farley, O., (2015), Associations Between the Performance of Scoring Manoeuvres and Lower-Body Strength and Power in Elite Surfers. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 10(5), 911-918.
  • Callaghan, S., Lockie, RG., Jeffriess, MD., Nimphius, S., (2015), Kinematics of faster acceleration performance of the quick single in experienced cricketers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29(9), 2623-2634, United States, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000893.
  • Spiteri, T., Newton, R., Nimphius, S., (2015), Neuromuscular strategies contributing to faster multidirectional agility performance. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 25(4), 629-636, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2015.04.009.
  • Spiteri, T., Newton, R., Binetti, M., Hart, N., Sheppard, J., Nimphius, S., (2015), Mechanical determinants of faster change of direction and agility performance in female basketball athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29(8), 2205-2214, United States, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000876.
  • Tran, T., Nimphius, S., Lundgren, L., Secomb, J., Farley, O., Haff, G., Newton, R., Brown, L., Sheppard, J., (2015), Effects of unstable and stable resistance training on strength, power, and sensorimotor abilities in adolescent surfers. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 10(5), 899-910, London, UK.
  • Secomb, J., Lundgren, L., Farley, O., Tran, T., Nimphius, S., Sheppard, J., (2015), Relationships between Lower-Body Muscle Structure and Lower-Body Strength, Power, and Muscle-Tendon Complex Stiffness. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29(8), 2221-2228, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000858.
  • Lundgren, L., Tran, T., Nimphius, S., Raymond, E., Secomb, J., Farley, O., Newton, R., Steele, JR., Sheppard, J., (2015), Development and Evaluation of a Simple, Multifactorial Model Based on Landing Performance to Indicate Injury Risk in Surfing Athletes. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 10(8), 1029-1035, Champaign, Illinois, United States, DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2014-0591.
  • Secomb, J., Nimphius, S., Farley, O., Lundgren, L., Tran, T., Sheppard, J., (2015), Relationships between Lower-Body Muscle Structure and, Lower-Body Strength, Explosiveness and Eccentric Leg Stiffness in Adolescent Athletes. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 14(4), 691-697, Bursa, Turkey.
  • Lundgren, L., Tran, T., Nimphius, S., Raymond, E., Secomb, J., Farley, O., Newton, R., Sheppard, J., (2015), Comparison of impact forces, accelerations and ankle range of motion in surfing-related landing tasks. Journal of Sports Sciences, Latest articles(Latest articles), 1-7, Oxon, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1088164.
  • Tran, T., Lundgren, L., Secomb, J., Farley, O., Haff, G., Newton, R., Nimphius, S., Sheppard, J., (2015), Development and Evaluation of a Drop-and-Stick Method to Assess Landing Skills in Various Levels of Competitive Surfers. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 10(3), 396-400, Champaign, Illinois, United States, DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2014-0375.
  • Hart, N., Nimphius, S., Spiteri, T., Wilkie, J., Newton, R., (2015), Segmental musculoskeletal examinations using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA): Positioning and analysis considerations. Journal of Sport Science and Medicine, 14(3), 620-626, Turkey.
  • De Hoyo, M., Sa?udo, B., Carrasco, L., Dominguez-Cobo, S., Mateo-Cortes, J., Cadenas-Sanchez, MM., Nimphius, S., (2015), Effects of Traditional Versus Horizontal Inertial Flywheel Power Training on Common Sport-Related Tasks. Journal of Human Kinetics, 47(1), 155-167, DOI: 10.1515/hukin-2015-0071.
  • Lundgren, L., Newton, R., Tran, T., Dunn, M., Nimphius, S., Sheppard, J., (2014), Anaylsis of Manoeuvres and Scoring in Competitive Surfing. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 9(4), 663-669, DOI: 10.1260/1747-9541.9.4.663.
  • Hart, N., Nimphius, S., Spiteri, T., Newton, R., (2014), Leg strength and lean mass symmetry influences kicking performance in Australian Football. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 13(1), 157-165, Turkey.
  • Hart, N., Spiteri, T., Lockie, RG., Nimphius, S., Newton, R., (2014), Detecting deficits in change of direction performance using the preplanned multidirectional Australian Football League Agility Test. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28(12), 3552-3556, United States.
  • Spiteri, T., Hart, N., Nimphius, S., (2014), Offensive and defensive agility: a sex comparison of lower body kinematics and ground reaction forces. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 30(4), 514-520, USA, DOI: 10.1123/jab.2013-0259.
  • Spiteri, T., Nimphius, S., Hart, N., Specos, C., Sheppard, J., Newton, R., (2014), Contribution of strength characteristics to change of direction and agility performance in female basketball athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28(9), 2415-2423, United States.
  • Sheppard, J., Dawes, JJ., Jeffreys, I., Spiteri, T., Nimphius, S., (2014), Broadening the view of agility: A scientific review of the literature. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 22(3), 6-25.
  • Lundgren, L., Butel, M., Brown, T., Nimphius, S., Sheppard, J., (2014), High ankle sprain: The new elite surfing injury?. International SportMed Journal, 15(4), 321-327, South Africa.
  • Sheppard, J., Nimphius, S., Haff, G., Tran, T., Spiteri, T., Brooks, H., Slater, G., Newton, R., (2013), Development of a Comprehensive Performance-Testing Protocol for Competitive Surfers. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance , 8(5), 490-495, Champaign, Illinois, United States.
  • Tran, T., Lundgren, L., Secomb, J., Farley, O., Raymond, E., Nimphius, S., Newton, R., Sheppard, J., (2013), Reliability of an alternative method to assess landing skills in adolescent surfers. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21(S2), 85-87.
  • Lloyd, RS., Read, P., Oliver, JL., Meyers, RW., Nimphius, S., Jeffreys, I., (2013), Considerations for the development of agility during childhood and adolescence. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 35(3), 2-11, USA.
  • Spiteri, T., Wilkie, J., Nimphius, S., (2013), The evaluation of a new lower-body reaction time test. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 27(1), 174-180, United States.
  • Hart, N., Nimphius, S., Wilkie, J., Newton, R., (2013), Leg mass characteristics of accurate and inaccurate kickers - an Australian football perspective. Journal of Sports Sciences, 31(15), 1647-1655, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2013.793377.
  • Lundgren, L., Dunn, M., Nimphius, S., Sheppard, J., (2013), The importance of aerial manoeuvers in elite competitive surfing perfomance. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21(1), 70-72.
  • Lundgren, L., Tran, T., Farley, O., Secomb, J., Nimphius, S., Newton, R., Sheppard, J., (2013), Ankle range of motion among surfing athletes. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21(S2), 121-124.
  • Spiteri, T., Wilkie, J., Hart, N., Haff, G., Nimphius, S., (2013), Effect of strength on plant foot kinetics and kinematics during a change of direction task. European Journal of Sport Science, 13(6), 646-652, DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2013.774053.
  • Haff, G., Nimphius, S., (2012), Training Principles for Power. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 34(6), 2-12, United States.
  • Spiteri, T., Wilkie, J., Nimphius, S., (2012), Human stimulus reliability during an offensive and defensive agility protocol. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 20(4), 14-21, Australia.
  • Nimphius, S., McGuigan, M., Newton, R., (2012), Changes in muscle architecture and performance during a competitive season in female softball players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(10), 2655-2666, United States, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318269f81e.
  • Nimphius, S., (2011), Monitoring neuromuscular fatigue in amateur baseball players during a national tournament. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 19(Supplement 1), 110-114.

Conference Publications

  • Hart, N., Nimphius, S., Weber, J., Dobbin, M., Joyce, D., Higgins, C., Haff, G., Newton, R., (2014), Muscle-bone differences between elite Australian football and rugby union players. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 99-101.
  • Secomb, J., Farley, O., Lundgren, L., Tran, T., Nimphius, S., Sheppard, J., (2014), The effect of initial lower-body strength on the training-specific adaptations resulting from combined plyometric and gymnastics training. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 22(7-9 November 2014), 61-64.
  • Lundgren, L., Tran, T., Farley, O., Secomb, J., Nimphius, S., Newton, R., Sheppard, J., (2014), Athletic movement competency is related to general athletic performance variables and surfing performance. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 22(7-9 November 2014), 80-83.
  • Ferrier, B., Sheppard, J., Newton, R., Nimphius, S., (2014), The importance of aerial manoeuvre variations on competitive surfing performance. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 22(7-9 November 2014), 135-138.
  • Blanco Ochoa, P., Haff, G., Hart, N., Seitz, L., Spiteri, T., Tufano, J., Nimphius, S., (2014), Bone; Body composition and isometric rate of force development are associated in female ballet students and university ballet students. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning , 106-110.
  • Hart, N., Dobbin, M., Weber, J., Nimphius, S., Newton, R., (2013), Physical load tolerance differs between kicking and support limbs in Australian Footballers. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 102-104, Melbourne.
  • Secomb, J., Farley, O., Lundgren, L., Tran, T., Nimphius, S., Sheppard, J., (2013), Comparison of the sprint paddling performance between competitive male and female surfers. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 118-120, Melbourne.
  • Spiteri, T., Nimphius, S., (2013), Relationship between timing variables and plant foot kinetics during change of direction movements. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21(8-10 November, 2013), 73-77, Melbourne.
  • Spiteri, T., Nimphius, S., Wolski, A., Bird, S., (2013), Monitoring neuromuscular fatigue in female basketball players across training and game performance. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning , 21(8-10 November, 2013), 73-74, Australia.
  • Nimphius, S., Geib, G., Spiteri, T., Carlisle, D., (2013), "Change of direction deficit" measurement in Division I American football players. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning , 21(8-10 November, 2013), 115-117, Australia.
  • Lundgren, L., Dunn, M., Nimphius, S., Sheppard, J., (2013), The importance of aerial manoeuvers in elite competitive surfing performance. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21(1)(8 - 10 November), online, Beenleigh, Queensland.
  • Tran, T., Lundgren, L., Nimphius, S., Haff, G., Newton, R., Sheppard, J., (2013), Physical profiles of an elite stand-up paddleboard surfer: A case study. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21 (8 - 10 November), 88-90, Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia.
  • Hart, N., Nimphius, S., Dorman, C., Newton, R., (2013), Influence of leg strength and lean mass on kicking accuracy in Australian Football. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21(8-10 November), 99-101.
  • Hart, N., Nimphius, S., Weber, J., Dobbin, M., Newton, R., (2013), Lower body bone mass characteristics of elite, sub-elite and amateur Australian footballers. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21(8 - 10 November), 50-53, Beenleigh, Queensland.
  • Conlon, J., Haff, G., Nimphius, S., Tran, T., Newton, R., (2013), Vertical jump velocity as a determinant of speed and agility performance. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21(8 - 10 November), 88-90, Helensvale, Queensland, Australia.
  • Spiteri, T., Nimphius, S., Wilkie, J., (2012), Comparison Of Running Times During Reactive Offensive And Defensive Agility Protocols. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning 2012 Supplement 1, 73-78, Helensvale, QLD.
  • Hart, N., Nimphius, S., Wilkie, J., Newton, R., (2012), Reliability And Validity Of Unilateral And Bilateral Isometric Strength Measures Using A Customised, Portable Apparatus. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 20(11-13 November 2011), 61-67, Helensvale, QLD.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Neuromuscular And Biomechanical Characteristics Of Change Of Direction And Agility Performance
  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  The Creation And Validation Of A Youth Fundamental Hitting Scale: The Assessment Of Youth Baseball And Softball Hitting Fundamentals And The Perceived Psychological Barriers To Hitting A Pitched Ball.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Neuromuscular And Biomechanical Characteristics Of Change Of Direction And Agility Performance

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Bone Strength, Load Tolerance And Injury Risk In Elite Australian Football
  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  A Biomedical And Kinathropometric Analsis Of The Drop Punt: Determinants Of Kicking Accuracy In Australian Football
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Bone Strength, Load Tolerance And Injury Risk In Elite Australian Football
  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  A Biomedical And Kinathropometric Analsis Of The Drop Punt: Determinants Of Kicking Accuracy In Australian Football
  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  Comparison Of Body Composition, Neuromuscular Characteristics And Anaerobic Endurance Between Novice, Semi-professional And Professional Ballet Dancers.

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  Measurement Of Performance And Kinetics During A Change Of Direction, Offensive And Defensive Agility Task: A Comparison Of Male And Female Athletes"
  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  Measurement Of Performance And Kinetics During A Change Of Direction, Offensive And Defensive Agility Task: A Comparison Of Male And Female Athletes"
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Evaluation And Training Of Sensorimotor Abilities In Competitive Surfers
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Landing Performance And Lower Extremity Injuries In Competitive Surfing
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Training Adaptations In Lower-body Muscle Structure And Physical Performance Capacities Of Competitive Surfing Athletes
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