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Dr Nicolas Hart

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Email: n.hart@ecu.edu.au

Dr. Nicolas Hart is a Senior Research Fellow for the Cancer Council of Western Australia (CCWA) at the Exercise Medicine Research Institute (EMRI) situated within the School of Medical and Health Science (SMHS) at Edith Cowan University; and research member of the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP).

Background

Dr Nicolas Hart, PhD, AES, CSCS, ESSAM is a Senior Research Fellow for the Cancer Council of Western Australia at the Exercise Medicine Research Institute (an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence) and an accredited exercise scientist, named 'WA Young Tall Poppy of the Year' (Australian Institute of Policy and Sciences, 2017) and ‘Exercise Scientist of the Year’ (Exercise and Sport Science Australia, 2014). He is also a research member of ACRISP (an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Centre of Research Excellence).

Dr Hart’s clinical oncology work focuses on the ability of exercise to change tumour biology, and attenuate tumour formation, growth and invasion in primary and secondary carcinomas as well as haematological malignancies. He currently leads a series of world-first trials in humans, examining the suppressive and regressive effects of exercise on tumour morphology, tumour vasculature and tumour biomarkers in secondary carcinomas of advanced prostate and breast cancer patients with sclerotic and osteolytic bone metastatic lesions; with studies funded by Cancer Council of Western Australia, National Breast Cancer Foundation and Movember Foundation. Dr Hart is the Global Exercise Coordinator, and Co-Chair of the Protocol Amendment Review Committee for the Movember GAP4 (INTERVAL-MCRPC) trial - (the largest exercise trial in prostate cancer worldwide; investigating exercise and overall survival); and the National Exercise Coordinator for the Movember TrueNTH Australia trial - (the provision of local and remote delivery of exercise as medicine to prostate cancer patients across metropolitan and regional Australia). In recognition of his work targeting bone metastases in advanced cancer patients, Dr Hart is one of three Australian members of the international Bone Metastases and Exercise Working Group (BMEWG), developing clinical exercise recommendations for exercise professionals worldwide.

Dr Hart is also co-founder of the Western Australian Bone Research Collaboration (WABRC): a cross-institutional and multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians investigating bone health and disease. Dr Hart continues to research in high performance sport, and is a consultant sport scientist to the West Coast Eagles (AFL), Fremantle Dockers (AFL), Western Force (Rugby Union) and Perth Glory (Soccer) sporting teams, providing input towards, and assisting in the prevention and management of stress-related bone injuries; stratify musculoskeletal injury risk; and provide a broad range of sport science services on request.

Current Appointments

  • 2018: Senior Research Fellow, Cancer Council of Western Australia
  • 2018: Senior Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention
  • 2017: Senior Research Fellow, Exercise Medicine Research Institute, Edith Cowan University.
  • 2017: Adjunct Research Fellow, Institute of Health Research, University of Notre Dame Australia.
  • 2015: Global Exercise Coordinator, GAP4 – INTERVAL-MCRPC: Movember Foundation
  • 2015: National Exercise Coordinator, TrueNTH Australia: Movember Foundation
  • 2015: DXA and pQCT Trainer, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University
  • 2015: Consultant Sport Scientist – West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers, Western Force and Perth Glory

Editorial Appointments

  • Associate Editor – BMC Cancer - (BioMed Central)
  • Senior Editor – Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • Section Editor (Exercise Oncology) - Journal of Sports Science and Medicine

Committee Appointments

  • 2019: ESSA Publications Committee, Exercise and Sport Science Australia
  • 2018: ECU Human Research Ethics Committee – Edith Cowan University
  • 2018: SuRECaP (Survivorship Research in Prostate Cancer) - PCR Working Group
  • 2018: ASpSc and HPM Professional Standards Review, Exercise & Sport Science Australia – Australia
  • 2018: Professional Development Review Committee, Exercise & Sport Science Australia – Australia
  • 2017: Pre-Doctoral Research Sub-Committee, Cancer Council of Western Australia
  • 2017: ALLY Network Representative - Equity and Diversity, Edith Cowan University
  • 2016: Co-Chair, Protocol Amendment Review Committee, GAP4 – INTERVAL-MCRPC: Movember Foundation.
  • 2016: Co-Founder, Western Australian Bone Research Collaboration (WABRC).

Previous Appointments

  • 2019: Guest Lecturer, Masters of Exercise Medicine (Oncology), Edith Cowan University.
  • 2018: Guest Lecturer, Harvard Extension School, Harvard University.
  • 2015 – 2018: Human Research Ethics Sub-Committee: SMHS and SOS, Edith Cowan University.
  • 2014 – 2018: Exercise Science Advisory Group (ESAG), Exercise & Sport Science Australia – Australia.
  • 2015 – 2017: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Exercise Medicine Research Institute, Edith Cowan University.
  • 2017 – 2017: NHMRC Grant Review Panel (GRP) Observer, Canberra, Australia.
  • 2015 – 2016: Protocol Development Working Group (PDWG), GAP4 - INTERVAL-MCRPC: Movember Foundation.
  • 2011 – 2014: Sport Scientist, Fremantle Dockers Football Club, Perth, Australia.
  • 2010 – 2014: Sessional Exercise & Sport Science Staff, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.
  • 2008 – 2014: Research Assistant, Centre for Exercise & Sport Science Research, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.

Professional Associations

  • Exercise and Sport Science Australia – (ESSA)
  • Clinical Oncology Society of Australia – (COSA)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology – (ASCO)
  • American College of Sports Medicine – (ACSM)
  • Australian Strength and Conditioning Association – (ASCA)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association – (NSCA)

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2018 – NHMRC CRE-PCS Mentorship Program Award, $4000 AUD.
  • 2016 – NSCA Young Investigator Award (USA), Associate Investigator, 2016, $19,416 AUD.
  • 2015 – Best Paper (Allied Health) – Prostate Cancer World Congress.
  • 2015 – Inaugural Winner, Clinical Exercise Physiology Grant – Exercise and Sport Science Australia.
  • 2014 – Exercise Scientist of the Year – Exercise and Sport Science Australia.
  • 2013 – High Commendation, Sport Science Grant – Exercise and Sport Science Australia.

State Awards

  • 2019 – Finalist, ’40under40 Awards’ [Not for Profit], BusinessNews WA.
  • 2018 – Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2018-2020), Cancer Council Western Australia, $601,459 AUD.
  • 2017 – Western Australian, Tall Poppy, Scientist of the Year Award - Australian Institute of Policy and Science.

University Awards

  • 2019 – Excellence in Research Engagement, Vice-Chancellor’s Award, Edith Cowan University, $5,000 AUD.
  • 2019 – Research Fellowship Support Award, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), Edith Cowan University, $5,000 AUD.
  • 2018 – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) – EMCRN Research Achievement Award
  • 2017 – Visiting Research Fellow Grant, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, $3,990 AUD.
  • 2016 – Excellence by Early Career Researcher, Vice-Chancellor's Award, Edith Cowan University, $5,000 AUD.
  • 2016 – eResearch Technology Funding Scheme, Edith Cowan University, 2016, $4,405 AUD.
  • 2011 – Industry PhD Scholarship, Fremantle Dockers Football Club, 2012 – 2014, $78,000 AUD.
  • 2009 – Top 5%, High Achievement Undergraduate Award, Edith Cowan University.

Research Areas and Interests

Exercise Oncology – Research Stream

  • Exercise as Medicine.
  • Modulating Tumour Biology.
  • Bone Metastases and Bone Disease.
  • Muscle and Bone Synergy.

Exercise Science – Research Stream

  • Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation.
  • Bone Adaptation to Mechanical Loading.
  • Muscle-Bone Screening, Asymmetry and Interactions.
  • Biomechanics (Gait, Asymmetry, Change of Direction, Agility).

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2015.
  • Master of Science Sport Science, Edith Cowan University, 2012.
  • Bachelor of Sport Exercise and Sport Science, Edith Cowan University, 2009.

Research Outputs

Book Chapters

  • Hart, N., Iyengar, N. (2021). Rehabilitation in Supportive and Palliative Care. ESMO Handbook of Supportive and Palliative Care (xx-xx). ESMO Press.
  • Fortington, L., Hart, N. (2021). The Injury Model. Fractures in Sport (xx-xx). Springer.

Journal Articles

  • Wilson, R., Newton, R., Taaffe, D., Hart, N., Lyons-Wall, P., Galvao, D. (2021). Weight loss for obese prostate cancer patients on androgen deprivation therapy. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 53(3), 470-478. https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0000000000002509.
  • Owen, P., Hart, N., Latella, C., Hendy, A., Lamon, S., Rantalainen, T. (2021). Identifying and assessing inter-muscular fat at the distal diaphyseal femur measured by peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography (pQCT). Journal of Clinical Densitometry, 24(1), 106-111. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jocd.2019.11.001.

Journal Articles

  • Narayan, V., Harrison, M., Cheng, H., Kenfield, S., Aggarwal, R., Kwon, D., McKay, R., Hauger, R., Hart, N., Conzen, S., Borno, H., Jim, H., Dicker, A., Dorff, T., Moleshi, J., Mucci, L., Parsons, JK., Saad, F., Soule, H., Morgans, A., Ryan, C. (2020). Improving research for prostate cancer survivorship: A statement from the Survivorship Research in Prostate Cancer (SuRECaP) working group. Urologic Oncology: seminars and original investigations, 38(3), 83-93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.urolonc.2019.10.006.
  • Jacob, Y., Hart, N., Cochrane Wilkie, J., Spiteri, T., Laws, S., Jones, A., Rogalski, B., Kenna, J., Anderton, R. (2020). ACTN3 (R577X) genotype is associated with Australian Football League players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2020(Article in press), 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000003458.
  • Kennedy, M., Bayes, S., Galvao, D., Singh, F., Spry, N., Davis, M., Chee, R., Zissiadis, Y., Hart, N., Taaffe, D., Newton, R. (2020). If you build it, will they come? Evaluation of a co-located exercise clinic and cancer treatment centre using the RE-AIM framework. European Journal of Cancer Care, 29(4), Article number e13251. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.13251.
  • Dolci, F., Hart, N., Kilding, A., Chivers, P., Piggott, B., Spiteri, T. (2020). Physical and energetic demand of soccer: A brief review. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 42(3), 70-77. https://doi.org/10.1519/SSC.0000000000000533.
  • Dolci, F., Kilding, A., Spiteri, T., Chivers, P., Piggott, B., Maiorana, A., Hart, N. (2020). High-intensity Interval Training Shock Microcycle Improves Running Performance but not Economy in Female Soccer Players. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 2020(Article in press), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1055/a-1302-8002.
  • Tan, J., Siafarikas, A., Rantalainen, T., Hart, N., McIntyre, F., Hands, B., Chivers, P. (2020). Impact of a multimodal exercise program on tibial bone health in adolescents with Development Coordination Disorder: an examination of feasibility and potential efficacy. The Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions, 20(4), 445-471.
  • Tan, J., Hart, N., Rantalainen, T., Chivers, P. (2020). Association between developmental coordination disorder or low motor competence, and risk of impaired bone health across the lifespan: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. JBI Evidence Synthesis, 2020(Article in press), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.11124/JBIES-20-00112.
  • Hart, N., Newton, R., Tan, J., Rantalainen, T., Chivers, P., Siafarikas, A., Nimphius, S. (2020). Biological Basis of Bone Strength: Anatomy, Physiology and Measurement. The Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions, 20(3), 341-371.
  • Turner, M., Reyes, A., Bartlett, D., Culpin, S., Hart, N., Hardt, L., Feindel, K., Poudel, G., Ziman, M., Cruickshank, T. (2020). Exploring the brain-body composition relationship in Huntington’s disease. The Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions, 20(3), 332-338.
  • Newton, R., Hart, N., Clay, T. (2020). Keeping cancer patients exercising in the age of COVID-19. Journal of Oncology Practice, 16(10), 656-664. https://doi.org/10.1200/OP.20.00210.
  • Dolci, F., Kilding, A., Chivers, P., Piggott, B., Hart, N. (2020). High-Intensity Interval Training Shock Microcycle for Enhancing Sport Performance: A Brief Review. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 34(4), 1188-1196. https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000003499.
  • Kennedy, M., Bayes, S., Newton, R., Zissiadis, Y., Spry, N., Taaffe, D., Hart, N., Davis, M., Eiszele, A., Galvao, D. (2020). We have the program, what now? Development of an implementation plan to bridge the research-practice gap prevalent in exercise oncology. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 17(1), Article number 128.
  • Jenkins, M., Hart, N., Nimphius, S., Chivers, P., Rantalainen, T., Rothacker, K., Beck, B., Weeks, B., McIntyre, F., Hands, B., Beeson, B., Siafarikas, A. (2020). Characterisation of peripheral bone mineral density in youth at risk of secondary osteoporosis - a preliminary insight. The Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions, 20(1), 27-52.
  • Fairman, C., Nilsen, T., Newton, R., Taaffe, D., Spry, N., Joseph, D., Chambers, S., Robinson, Z., Hart, N., Zourdos, M., Focht, B., McIntyre, C., Galvao, D. (2020). Reporting of Resistance Training Dose, Adherence, and Tolerance in Exercise Oncology. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 52(2), 315-322. https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0000000000002127.
  • Hart, N., Newton, R., Weber, J., Spiteri, T., Rantalainen, T., Dobbin, M., Chivers, P., Nimphius, S. (2020). Functional basis of asymmetrical lower-body skeletal morphology in professional Australian Rules Footballers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 34(3), 791-799. https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000002841.
  • Wilson, R., Shannon, T., Calton, E., Galvao, D., Taaffe, D., Hart, N., Lyons-Wall, P., Newton, R. (2020). Efficacy of a weight loss program prior to robot assisted radical prostatectomy in overweight and obese men with prostate cancer. Surgical Oncology, 35(December 2020), 182-188. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.suronc.2020.08.006.
  • Balloch, A., Meghji, M., Newton, R., Hart, N., Weber, J., Ahmad, I., Habibi, D. (2020). Assessment of a Novel Algorithm to Determine Change-of-Direction Angles Whilst Running Using Inertial Sensors. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 34(1), 134-144. https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000003064.

Journal Articles

  • Meghji, M., Balloch, A., Habibi, D., Ahmad, I., Hart, N., Newton, R., Weber, J., Waqar, A. (2019). An Algorithm for the Automatic Detection and Quantification of Athletes’ Change of Direction Incidents Using IMU Sensor Data. IEEE Sensors Journal, 19(12), 4518-4527. https://doi.org/10.1109/JSEN.2019.2898449.
  • Newton, R., Christophersen, C., Fairman, C., Hart, N., Taaffe, D., Broadhurst, D., Devine, A., Chee, R., Tang, C., Spry, N., Galvao, D. (2019). Does exercise impact gut microbiota composition in men receiving androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer? A single-blinded, two-armed, randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 9(4), article no. e024872. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024872.
  • Chivers, P., Rantalainen, T., McIntyre, F., Hands, B., Weeks, B., Beck, B., Nimphius, S., Hart, N., Siafarikas, A. (2019). Suboptimal bone status for adolescents with low motor competence and developmental coordination disorder - it's sex specific. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 84(January 2019), 57-65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2018.07.010.
  • Hart, N., Newton, R. (2019). Testosterone replacement for male military personnel – A potential countermeasure to reduce injury and improve performance under extreme conditions.. EBioMedicine, 47(September 2019), 16-17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ebiom.2019.08.015.
  • Fairman, C., Kendall, K., Hart, N., Taaffe, D., Galvao, D., Newton, R. (2019). The potential therapeutic effects of creatine supplementation on body composition and muscle function in cancer. Critical Reviews in Oncology Hematology, 133(January 2019), 46-57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.critrevonc.2018.11.003.
  • Fairman, C., Kendall, K., Newton, R., Hart, N., Taaffe, D., Chee, R., Tang, C., Galvao, D. (2019). Examining the effects of creatine supplementation in augmenting adaptations to resistance training in prostate cancer patients undergoing androgen deprivation therapy: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. BMJ Open, 9(9), Article number e030080. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030080.

Journal Articles

  • Jenkins, M., Hart, N., Rantalainen, T., Chivers, P., Newton, R., Nimphius, S. (2018). Reliability of upper-limb diaphyseal mineral and soft-tissue measurements using peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography (pQCT). The Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions, 18(4), 438-445.
  • Jenkins, M., Nimphius, S., Hart, N., Chivers, P., Rantalainen, T., Rueter, K., Borland, M., McIntyre, F., Stannage, K., Siafarikas, A. (2018). Appendicular fracture epidemiology of children and adolescents: A 10-year case review in Western Australia (2005 to 2015). Archives of Osteoporosis, 13(1), article no.63. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11657-018-0478-9.
  • Dolci, F., Hart, N., Kilding, A., Chivers, P., Piggott, B., Spiteri, T. (2018). Movement economy in soccer: current data and limitations. Sports, 6(4), article no.124. https://doi.org/10.3390/sports6040124.
  • Newton, R., Kenfield, S., Hart, N., Chan, J., Courneya, K., Catto, J., Finn, S., Greenwood, R., Hughes, D., Mucci, L., Plymate, S., Praet, S., Guinan, E., Van Blarigan, E., Casey, O., Buzza, M., Gledhill, S., Zhang, L., Galvao, D., Ryan, C., Saad, F. (2018). Intense exercise for survival among men with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (INTERVAL-GAP4): A multicentre, randomised, controlled phase III study protocol.. BMJ Open, 8(5), article no.e022899. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-022899.
  • Galvao, D., Hayne, D., Frydenburg, M., Chambers, S., Taaffe, D., Spry, N., Scuffham, P., Ware, R., Hart, N., Newton, R. (2018). Can exercise delay transition to active therapy in men with low-grade prostate cancer? A multi-centre randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 8(4), e022331. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-022331.
  • Schofield, C., Newton, R., Cohen, P., Galvao, D., McVeigh, J., Hart, N., Mohan, G., Tan, J., Salfinger, S., Straker, L., McIntyre, C. (2018). Activity behaviours and physiological characteristics of women with advanced-stage Ovarian Cancer: a preliminary cross-sectional investigation.. International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, 28(3), 604-613. https://doi.org/10.1097/IGC.0000000000001197.
  • Hart, N., Galvao, D., Saunders, C., Taaffe, D., Feeney, K., Spry, N., Tsoi, D., Martin, H., Chee, R., Clay, T., Redfern, A., Newton, R. (2018). Mechanical suppression of osteolytic bone metastases in advanced breast cancer patients: a randomised controlled study protocol evaluating safety, feasibility and preliminary efficacy of exercise as a targeted medicine. Trials, 19(1), Article no.695. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-018-3091-8.
  • Galvao, D., Taaffe, D., Spry, N., Cormie, P., Joseph, D., Chambers, S., Chee, R., McIntyre, C., Hart, N., Baumann, FT., Denham, J., Baker, M., Newton, R. (2018). Exercise preserves physical function in prostate cancer patients with bone metastases. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 50(3), 393-399. https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0000000000001454.
  • Rantalainen, T., Chivers, P., Beck, B., Robertson, S., Hart, N., Nimphius, S., Weeks, B., McIntyre, F., Hands, B., Siafarikas, A. (2018). Please don’t move - evaluating motion artifact from peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography scans using textural features. Journal of Clinical Densitometry, 21(2), 260-268. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jocd.2017.07.002.
  • Jacob, Y., Spiteri, T., Hart, N., Anderton, R. (2018). The potential role of genetic markers in talent identification and athlete assessment in elite sport. Sports, 6(3), article no.88. https://doi.org/10.3390/sports6030088.

Journal Articles

  • Hart, N., Galvao, D., Newton, R. (2017). Exercise Medicine for Advanced Prostate Cancer. Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care, 11(3), 247-257. https://doi.org/10.1097/SPC.0000000000000276.
  • Hart, N., Nimphius, S., Rantalainen, T., Ireland, A., Siafarikas, A., Newton, R. (2017). Mechanical basis of bone strength: influence of bone material, bone structure and muscle action. The Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions, 17(3), 114-139.
  • Hart, N., Newton, R., Spry, N., Taaffe, D., Chambers, S., Feeney, K., Joseph, D., Redfern, A., Ferguson, T., Galvao, D. (2017). Can exercise suppress tumour growth in advanced prostate cancer patients with sclerotic bone metastases? A randomised, controlled study protocol examining feasibility, safety and efficacy.. BMJ Open, 7(5), article no.e014458. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014458.

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. https://doi.org/10.1123/jab.2015-0266.
  • 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.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0000000000000897.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000000876.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • 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. https://doi.org/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.
  • 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.

Conference Publications

  • 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). Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.
  • 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). Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2013.774053.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2013.793377.

Conference Publications

  • 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). Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.
  • Hart, N., Spiteri, T. (2013). Quantifying performance deficits between limbs using a modified version of the AFL agility test.. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning (105-107). Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.
  • 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 (99-101). Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.
  • Spiteri, T., Hart, N. (2013). Ball inclusion into the AFL agility test can improve change of direction performance. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning (75-77). Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.
  • 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 (50-53). Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.

Conference Publications

  • 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 2012 Supplement 1 (61-67). Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.

Research Projects

  • Can Exercise Delay Transition to Active Therapy in Men with Low Grade Prostate Cancer? A Multi-Centre Randomized Controlled Trial., National Health and Medical Research Council, Project Grants, 2018 ‑ 2023, $596,084.
  • An exploratory study to determine if exercise can impact the gut microbiota composition of men receiving androgen suppression therapy for prostate cancer, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, Grant, 2018 ‑ 2023, $98,875.
  • INTense Exercise foR surVivAL among men with Metastatic Castrate-Resistant Prostate Cancer (INTERVAL – MCRPC): A Multicentre, Randomized, Controlled, Phase III Study, The Movember Group, Movember - GAP4 Prostate Cancer Exercise and Metabolic Health, 2016 ‑ 2023, $635,910.
  • Examining the effect of creatine supplementation in augmenting adaptations to resistance training in prostate cancer patients undergoing androgen deprivation therapy: a randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled trial. , Cancer Council of WA Inc, Collaborative Cancer Grant Scheme, 2019 ‑ 2023, $50,000.
  • Assessment of elite AFL athletes and the integration of data analytics, Pernix, Scholarships to support Industry Engagement PhD projects, 2019 ‑ 2022, $52,500.
  • The effect of cognitive and exercise training on Brain Atrophy and Cognitive Decline in Breast Cancer Patients Treated with Adjuvant Chemotherapy Agents, Cancer Council of WA Inc, Collaborative Cancer Grant Scheme, 2018 ‑ 2022, $49,966.
  • Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), International Olympic Committee, Research Centres for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health, 2019 ‑ 2022, $568,107.
  • Lower-body injury risk stratification in female and male recruits through muscle-bone imaging., Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, Defence Science Collaborative Research Grants, 2020 ‑ 2022, $150,000.
  • GAP4 Exercise and Metabolic Health Trial - Exercise Central Coordinating Centre , The Movember Group, Movember - GAP4 Prostate Cancer Exercise and Metabolic Health, 2016 ‑ 2022, $418,856.
  • From Research to Practice: the development, implementation and evaluation of an intervention to integrate exercise into standard of care for people with cancer, Genesis Cancer Care Pty Ltd, Genesis Cancer Care - Grant, 2018 ‑ 2021, $5,000.
  • Exercise medicine for advanced cancer patients: a synergistic and targeted approach to delay disease progression and extend survival., Cancer Council of WA Inc, Fellowship, 2018 ‑ 2020, $601,458.
  • TrueNTH solutions: an integrated multi-component intervention to improve the lives of men with prostate cancer in Australia - Demonstration of the Lifestyle and Exercise Program, The Movember Group, True NTH, 2016 ‑ 2020, $303,145.
  • Feasibility and efficacy of dosing exercise medicine immediately before or after chemotherapy infusion, Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2017 Open Round, 2018 ‑ 2020, $30,000.
  • Mechanical modulation of bone metastases in advanced breast cancer patients: Can targeted exercise suppress osteolytic tumour progression?, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Pilot Study Grant, 2016 ‑ 2019, $184,300.
  • Characterisation of musculoskeletal health, motor development and exercise capacity of children who have completed therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)., Edith Cowan University, ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2017, 2017 ‑ 2019, $30,000.
  • New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support (NIRIS) Awards, Department of Health WA, New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support (NIRIS) Awards, 2017 ‑ 2018, $10,000.
  • Can exercise interfere with sclerotic tumour formation and reduce tumour growth in advanced prostate cancer patients with bone metastasis? – A phase I, randomised clinical trial examining feasibility, safety and efficacy., Cancer Council of WA Inc, Grant - Early Career Investigator, 2016 ‑ 2018, $34,742.
  • Mechanical modulation of bone metastases in advanced prostate cancer patients: Can targeted exercise suppress sclerotic tumour progression? – A pilot study., Exercise & Sports Science Australia, Clinical Exercise Physiology Research Grant, 2015 ‑ 2017, $15,000.
  • Mechanical Specificity of Weightlifting Movements to Athletic Performance, National Strength and Conditioning Association, Grant, 2010 ‑ 2013, $13,591.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Genetic link to athletic performance and injury incidence in Australian football
  • Doctor of Philosophy, An examination of kinanthropometric and physiologic factors and their relationship with lower limb injuries in elite Australian football

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Characterising individual running gait: a field based, scalable approach.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Exploring the research to practice gap in exercise oncology

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Bone fracture incidence, measurement and adaptation: An exploration through the continuum from incidence to measurement and adaptation
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Development, assessment and application of a novel algorithm to automatically detect change of direction movement and quantify its associated mechanical load in elite Australian football

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Exercise and nutrition induced weight loss for prostate cancer patients
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