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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 Biomechanics and Research Methods (focus on Strength and Conditioning) in the School of Medical and Health Sciences. As part of formal collaborations with ECU, she is also the Sport Science Manager at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre and manages High Performance Services for Softball Western Australia.

Current Teaching

  • SPS5113 Research and Computer Methods in Strength and Conditioning
  • SPS5134 Strength and Conditioning 2: Biomechanics
  • SPS6104 Applied Biomechanics in Strength and Conditioning

Professional Associations

  • Australian Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia
  • International Society of Biomechanics in Sport
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2014 - National Strength and Conditioning Association Terry J Housh Young Investigator of the Year

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2009 - UniJobs.com Lecturer of the Year National Finalist

National and International Research Positions

  • 2012 to Current -  National Strength and Conditioning Association Research and Education Committee

Other

  • 2014 ECU Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Award – Excellence in Research by an Early Career Research
  • 2012 ECU Faculty of Computing, Health and Science Executive Dean’s Award

Research Areas and Interests

  • Applied biomechanics in strength and conditioning
  • Microtechnology for load quantification in sport
  • Extreme sport performance research
  • Speed, change of direction and agility assessment and performance determinants
  • Bone adaptations and injury

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

  • Nimphius, S., McGuigan, M., Suchomel, T., Newton, R., (2016), Variability of a ``force signature? during windmill softball pitching and relationship between discrete force variables and pitch velocity. Human Movement Science, 47(2016), 151-158, Amsterdam, Netherlands, DOI: 10.1016/j.humov.2016.03.005.
  • Benz, A., Winkelman, N., Porter, J., Nimphius, S., (2016), Coaching instructions and cues for enhancing sprint performance. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 38(1), 1-11, USA, DOI: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000185.
  • Hart, N., Cochrane 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.
  • 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.
  • Tufano, J., Conlon, J., Nimphius, S., Brown, LE., Seitz, L., Williamson , BD., Williamson, B., Haff, G., (2016), Cluster sets maintain velocity and power during high-volume back squats. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, Ahead of Print(Ahead of Print ), 1-23, United States, DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0602.
  • 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., Spiteri, T., Cochrane 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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, 34(11), 1051-1057, 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., 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., 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., Cochrane 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., Cochrane 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., Cochrane 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., Cochrane 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., Cochrane 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., Cochrane 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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