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Sophia Nimphius

Professor of Human Performance (Sports medicine; Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified)

Perth, Australia

Professor Sophia Nimphius is an internationally recognised researcher and practitioner for her contributions to improving applied practice in sport. Her research focuses on the enhancement of athletic performance and reduction of injury risk in athletes. Additionally, she advocates for the broader benefits of sport as a vehicle for social change. She was previously the Sport Science Manager at Surfing Australia Hurley High Performance Centre is currently a Professor at Edith Cowan University (ECU) with a collaborative role as High Performance Manager for Softball Western Australia. She has published over 90 scientific journal articles, 7 book chapters on enhancing athletic performance, has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences internationally and has successfully attracted more than $1.5M of grant funding.

Publications

  • The training-specific adaptations resulting from resistance training, gymnastics and plyometric training, and non-training in adolescent athletes
  • YO-YO INTERMITTENT RECOVERY TEST LEVEL 2 AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER TYPICAL SOCCER FIELD TESTS IN FEMALE COLLEGIATE SOCCER PLAYERS
  • Cluster Sets: Permitting Greater Mechanical Stress Without Decreasing Relative Velocity
  • GENDER DIFFERENCES IN PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS OF ELITE SURFERS
  • Associations Between Step Duration Variability and Inertial Measurement Unit Derived Gait Characteristics
  • Maintenance of Velocity and Power With Cluster Sets During High-Volume Back Squats
  • Relationship between Leg Mass, Leg Composition and Foot Velocity on Kicking Accuracy in Australian Football
  • Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test Level 2 and Its Relationship With Other Typical Soccer Field Tests in Female Collegiate Soccer Players
  • Please Don't Move-Evaluating Motion Artifact From Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography Scans Using Textural Features
  • The Importance of Muscular Strength: Training Considerations
  • Effects of Cluster Sets and Rest-Redistribution on Mechanical Responses to Back Squats in Trained Men
  • Mechanical basis of bone strength: influence of bone material, bone structure and muscle action
  • Ghost or Real Musculoskeletal Asymmetries in Football Players? Response
  • Lower-Body Muscle Structure and Jump Performance of Stronger and Weaker Surfing Athletes
  • Change-of direction deficit in elite young soccer players
  • Change of Direction Deficit: A MORE ISOLATED MEASURE OF CHANGE OF DIRECTION PERFORMANCE THAN TOTAL 505 TIME
  • Scoring analysis of the men’s 2014, 2015 and 2016 world championship tour of surfing: the importance of aerial manoeuvres in competitive surfing
  • The relationship between inertial measurement unit-derived ‘force signatures’ and ground reaction forces during cricket pace bowling
  • Effect of Four Weeks Detraining on Strength, Power, and Sensorimotor Ability of Adolescent Surfers
  • The Assessment of Isometric, Dynamic, and Sports-Specific Upper-Body Strength in Male and Female Competitive Surfers
  • Mechanical basis of bone strength: influence of bone material, bone structure and muscle action.
  • Change of direction and agility
  • Training change of direction and agility
  • Change of Direction Performance in Elite Players From Different Team Sports.
  • Reliability of upper-limb diaphyseal mineral and soft-tissue measurements using peripheral quantitative computed tomography (Pqct)
  • The use of a functional test battery as a non-invasive method of fatigue assessment
  • Anterior cruciate ligament injuries in Australian football: should women and girls be playing? You’re asking the wrong question
  • A Proposed Framework to Describe Movement Variability within Sporting Tasks: A Scoping Review
  • Reliability of upper-limb diaphyseal mineral and soft-tissue measurements using peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography (pQCT).
  • Comparison of Quadriceps and Hamstring Muscle Activity during an Isometric Squat between Strength-Matched Men and Women.
  • Predicting Loading Intensity Measuring Velocity in Barbell Hip Thrust Exercise.
  • Relationship between Leg Mass, Leg Composition and Foot Velocity on Kicking Accuracy in Australian Football.
  • Functional Basis of Asymmetrical Lower-Body Skeletal Morphology in Professional Australian Rules Footballers
  • Relationship Between Change of Direction, Speed, and Power in Male and Female National Olympic Team Handball Athletes
  • Change-of-direction, speed and jump performance in soccer players: a comparison across different age-categories
  • Appendicular fracture epidemiology of children and adolescents: a 10-year case review in Western Australia (2005 to 2015)
  • Scaling isometric mid-thigh pull maximum strength in division I Athletes: are we meeting the assumptions?
  • Upper-Body Strength Measures and Pop-Up Performance of Stronger and Weaker Surfers
  • Different Cluster Sets Result in Similar Metabolic, Endocrine, and Perceptual Responses in Trained Men
  • Suboptimal bone status for adolescents with low motor competence and developmental coordination disorder—It’s sex specific
  • The Current State of Subjective Training Load Monitoring—a Practical Perspective and Call to Action
  • Strategies for engaging “multiple disciplinary” teams in sport- and exercise-related research
  • Micro-biopsies: a less invasive technique for investigating human muscle fiber mechanics
  • Comparison of impact forces, accelerations and ankle range of motion in surfing-related landing tasks
  • Musculoskeletal Asymmetry in Football Athletes: A Product of Limb Function over Time
  • Coaching instructions and cues for enhancing sprint performance
  • The Effects of an Eight over Cricket Bowling Spell upon Pace Bowling Biomechanics and Performance within Different Delivery Lengths
  • Mechanical basis of bone strength: Influence of bone material, bone structure and muscle action
  • Change of Direction and Agility Tests: Challenging Our Current Measures of Performance
  • Should females play Australian football? You’re asking the wrong question…
  • Variability of a "force signature" during windmill softball pitching and relationship between discrete force variables and pitch velocity
  • Effects of Unstable and Stable Resistance Training on Strength, Power, and Sensorimotor Abilities in Adolescent Surfers
  • Relationships between Lower-Body Muscle Structure and, Lower-Body Strength, Explosiveness and Eccentric Leg Stiffness in Adolescent Athletes
  • Segmental Musculoskeletal Examinations using Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA): Positioning and Analysis Considerations
  • Analysis of Manoeuvres and Scoring in Competitive Surfing
  • CONTRIBUTION OF STRENGTH CHARACTERISTICS TO CHANGE OF DIRECTION AND AGILITY PERFORMANCE IN FEMALE BASKETBALL ATHLETES
  • DETECTING DEFICITS IN CHANGE OF DIRECTION PERFORMANCE USING THE PREPLANNED MULTIDIRECTIONAL AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE AGILITY TEST
  • High ankle sprain: The new elite surfing injury?
  • Leg Strength and Lean Mass Symmetry Influences Kicking Performance in Australian Football
  • Considerations for the Development of Agility During Childhood and Adolescence
  • Development of a Comprehensive Performance-Testing Protocol for Competitive Surfers
  • Determination of functional strength imbalance of the lower extremities
  • Eccentric utilization ratio: Effect of sport and phase of training
  • The acute effects of heavy-load squats and loaded countermovement jumps on sprint performance
  • The Importance of Muscular Strength in Athletic Performance
  • Associations Between the Performance of Scoring Manoeuvres and Lower-Body Strength and Power in Elite Surfers
  • DETERMINATION OF FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH IMBALANCE OF THE LOWER EXTREMITIES
  • Leg strength and lean mass symmetry influences kicking performance in Australian football
  • Eccentric utilization ratio: Effect of sport and phase of training
  • Effect of stretching on agonist-antagonist muscle activity and muscle force output during single and multiple joint isometric contractions
  • Kinematics of faster acceleration performance of the quick single in experienced cricketers
  • Changes in muscle architecture and performance during a competitive season in female softball players
  • Training principles for power
  • Neuromuscular strategies contributing to faster multidirectional agility performance
  • Segmental Musculoskeletal Examinations using Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA): Positioning and Analysis Considerations.
  • Leg strength and lean mass symmetry influences kicking performance in Australian football.
  • Relationships Between Lower-Body Muscle Structure and, Lower-Body Strength, Explosiveness and Eccentric Leg Stiffness in Adolescent Athletes.
  • Development of a comprehensive performance-testing protocol for competitive surfers
  • The acute effects of heavy-load squats and loaded countermovement jumps on sprint performance
  • High ankle sprain: The new elite surfing injury?
  • Detecting deficits in change of direction performance using the preplanned multidirectional Australian football league agility test
  • Effect of strength on plant foot kinetics and kinematics during a change of direction task
  • Segmental musculoskeletal examinations using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA): Positioning and analysis considerations
  • Considerations for the development of agility during childhood and adolescence
  • Contribution of strength characteristics to change of direction and agility performance in female basketball athletes
  • Relationships between lower-body muscle structure and, lower-body strength, explosiveness and eccentric leg stiffness in adolescent athletes
  • Leg mass characteristics of accurate and inaccurate kickers - an Australian football perspective
  • Effects of Traditional Versus Horizontal Inertial Flywheel Power Training on Common Sport-Related Tasks
  • Determination of functional strength imbalance of the lower extremities
  • Development and evaluation of a drop-and-stick method to assess landing skills in various levels of competitive surfers
  • Comparison of physical capacities between nonselected and selected elite male competitive surfers for the national junior team
  • Relationships between Lower-Body Muscle Structure and Lower-Body Strength, Power, and Muscle-Tendon Complex Stiffness
  • Development and evaluation of a simple, multifactorial model based on landing performance to indicate injury risk in surfing athletes
  • Relationship between strength, power, speed, and change of direction performance of female softball players
  • Mechanical Determinants of Faster Change of Direction and Agility Performance in Female Basketball Athletes
  • The evaluation of a new lower-body reaction time test
  • Offensive and defensive agility: A sex comparison of lower body kinematics and ground reaction forces
  • Relationship between leg mass, leg composition and foot velocity on kicking accuracy in Australian football
  • With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Common Errors in Meta-Analyses and Meta-Regressions in Strength & Conditioning Research
  • Training for “Worst-Case” Scenarios in Sidestepping: Unifying Strength and Conditioning and Perception–Action Approaches
  • Paving the way for greater open science in sports and exercise medicine: navigating the barriers to adopting open and accessible data practices
  • Evaluation of the HEAL™ing Mental Health program: A prospective cohort study of short-term changes from a physical activity and lifestyle education program for people with mental health disorders living in rural Australia
  • TENDINopathy Severity assessment–Achilles (TENDINS-A): evaluation of reliability and validity in accordance with COSMIN recommendations
  • Relationship Between External Training Load and Session Rating of Perceived Exertion Training Impulse in Elite Sprinters

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