Dr. Chris Napier is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and core faculty member of the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. He obtained his Master of Physiotherapy degree in 2003 and his PhD (“Running biomechanics and injury prevention”) at UBC in 2018. He also completed post-doctoral training in wearable technology at Simon Fraser University in the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering under Dr. Carlo Menon. Clinically, Dr. Napier has worked at all levels of sport from weekend warrior to professional level, and has been a member of medical teams at Pan Am, Commonwealth, World Championships, and Olympic Games.
Dr. Napier’s research is aimed at understanding the etiology and biomechanics of musculoskeletal injury in physical activity, particularly through the use of wearable technology. As a clinician-scientist, he believes in the importance of applied clinical research that can change practice now. Central to this belief is his focus on translating his work to both the patient and clinician for maximal uptake.
For an up-to-date list of publications by Dr. Napier, please see ResearchGate.