Dr Vaughan Nicholson - Nat Sch Physiotherapy (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Assistant Supervisor – Only eligible to supervise with a fully accredited Principal or Co-supervisor

Dr Nicholson is an experienced clinician in the field of musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. He has a particular interest in age and activity-related musculoskeletal conditions (eg. osteoarthritis, sarcopenia, osteoporosis) and exercise interventions to combat these conditions. His PhD research assessed the effectiveness of resistance training and balance based interventions on balance, strength and body composition in adults aged 55-85 years. His research continues to examine the effects of novel exercise and motor imagery interventions on the function of middle-aged and older adults.
Dr Nicholson's other research focus is enhancing the evidence base of swimming Paralympic classification systems.


Phone :7687 (Brisbane)
Email :vaughan.nicholson@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Motor imagery ; Strength Training ; Balance ; Osteoporosis ; Paralympic classification ;

Methods Expertise

Randomised Control Trials ; Maximal strength testing ; Balance assessment ; Reliability and validity ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


Classifying motor coordination impairment in Para swimmers with brain injury, in Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 22 (5), 526-531

A battery of strength tests for evidence-based classification in Para swimming, in Journal of Sports Sciences 37 (4), 404-413


Can a single session of motor imagery promote motor learning of locomotion in older adults? A randomized controlled trial, in Clinical interventions in Aging 13: 713

Establishing the reliability of a novel battery of range of motion tests to enable evidence-based classification in Para Swimming, in Physical Therapy in Sport 32. 34-41


Low-Load Very High-Repetition Resistance Training Attenuates Bone Loss at the Lumbar Spine in Active Post-menopausal Women, in Calcified Tissue International 96(6): 490-499

Six weeks of unsupervised Nintendo Wii Fit gaming is effective at improving balance in independent older adults, in Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 23(1): 153-158

Low-load high-repetition resistance training improves strength and gait speed in middle-aged and older adults, in Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 18(5): 596-600


Twelve weeks of BodyBalance training improved balance and functional task performance in middle-aged and older adults, in Clinical Interventions in Aging 9: 1895