Nicole Chimera, PhD

Associate Professor, Kinesiology

Nicole Chimera

Office: WC 249
905 688 5550 x6755

My research interest in understanding lower extremity movement patterns to enhance injury prevention.  To appreciate injury development, it is crucial to establish how the neuromuscular system stabilizes and supports the kinetic chain. Understanding injury mechanisms is integral to establishment of intervention strategies.  Enhancing injury prevention through intervention research study has been a predominant theme throughout my career.

  • Exploring clinical movement screening tools
  • Evaluating injury risk assessment using clinician friendly tools
  • Intervention strategies to reduce risk of injury in sport and physical activity
  • Canadian Athletic Therapists Association
  • Ontario Athletic Therapist Association
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association
  • Canadian Society of Biomechanics
  • American College of Sports Medicine

Chimera NJ, Lininger M, Hudson B, Plucknette L, Kendall C, Szalkowski T, Warren M.  Feasibility of injury reporting via text messaging in multiple community sports settings.  International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training. Advance online publication. 2020. 10.1123/ijatt.2019-010.

Chimera NJ & Larson M.  Predicting Y-Balance Test performance from foot characteristics.  Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2020 Feb 5;1-6. doi: 10.1123/jsr.2019-0358. Online ahead of print

Warren M, Lininger MR, Chimera NJ, Smith CA. Utility of FMS to understand injury incidence in sports: current perspectives. Open Access J Sports Med. 2018; Sep 7;9:171-182. doi: 10.2147/OAJSM.S149139. eCollection Review.

Mason ML, Clemons MN, LaBarre KB, Szymczak NR, Chimera NJ. Critically Appraised Topic on the Tuck Jump Assessment: Does the TJA demonstrate interrater and intrarater reliability in healthy individuals? Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2019; Oct 16:1-6. doi: 10.1123/jsr.2019-0099. [Epub ahead of print]

Warren M, Lininger MR, Smith CA, Copp A, Chimera NJ. The association of functional screening tests and non-contact injuries in Division I female student-athletes.  Journal Strength and Conditioning Research.  doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003004. Epub Ahead of Print.

Chimera NJ, Lininger M, Warren M.  The use of text messaging for injury reporting in sports: A critically appraised topic.  International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training. 2018;23(6):219-225.

Chimera NJ, Knoeller S, Cooper R, Kothe N, Smith CA, Warren M.  Prediction of Functional Movement Screen™ performance from lower extremity range of motion and core tests International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2017;12(2):173-181.

Lininger MR, Smith CA, Chimera NJ, Hoog P, Warren M. The Tuck Jump Assessment: An exploratory factor analysis in a college age population. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 2017;31(3):653-659.

Smith CA, Olsen B, Olsen L, Chimera NJ, Warren M. Comparison of female collegiate athletes and college age cohort in Tuck Jump Assessment. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 2017;31(4):1048-1054.

Hoog P, Warren M, Smith C, Chimera NJ.  Functional Hop Tests and Tuck Jump Assessment scores between female Division I collegiate athletes participating in high versus low ACL injury prone sports: A cross sectional analysis.  International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2016;11(6):945-953.

Chimera NJ & Kremer K.  SportsMetrics™ Training improves power and landing in High School rowers.  International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2016;11(1):44-53.

Chimera NJ, Brass C, Terryberry K, Matthews L, Boggs R, Denz W, Brogan MS.  The effects of a four layer compression bandaging system on Skin Perfusion Pressure in healthy adults. Advances in Skin and Wound Care. 2016;29(7):308-15.

Burfeind S & Chimera NJ.  Randomized control trial investigating the effects of Kinesiology Tape on shoulder proprioception.  Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2015; 24(4):405-412.

Engquist, K, Smith C, Chimera NJ, Warren M.  Performance comparison of student-athletes and general college students on the Functional Movement Screen™ and the Y Balance Test. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2015;29(8):2296-2303.

Chimera NJ, Smith C, Warren M. Injury history, sex, and performance on the Functional Movement Screen™ and Y Balance Test. Journal of Athletic Training. 2015;50(5):475-485.

Warren M, Smith CA, Chimera NJ.  Association of Functional Movement Screen™ with injuries in Division I athletes. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2015;24(2):163-170.

Smith CA, Chimera NJ, Warren M.  Association of Y Balance Test reach asymmetry and injury in Division I athletes.  Med Sci Sport Exer. 2015;47(1):136-141.

  • Pain Modalities for Kinesiologists
  • Professionalism in Kinesiology
  • Functional and Ergonomic Assessment
  • Clinical Practices in Athletic Therapy
  • Clinical Assessments in Athletic Therapy
  • Care and Prevention of Injuries
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy