Jim Dickey, PhD


Room 4175, TH
519 661-2111 x87834
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  • PhD (Queen's)
  • BSc, MSc (Waterloo)

Research In Profile

Professor Jim Dickey works with students to conduct research in several areas including occupational whole-body vibration, joint injury & modelling, and concussion. Within the research on concussion, he has studied head impact exposures in sports and their neurological and cognitive consequences. Within the research on joint injury & modelling, he has studied injuries in professional hockey, and performance of hockey goaltenders. Within the research on whole-body vibration, he has studied vibration exposures for operators of off road mobile machinery, the effects of sitting posture on vibration exposure and the effects of industrial seats on attenuating vibration.

Please note that he is not currently accepting new students for supervision.

Featured Publications and Projects

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Bonn, M.M.; Dickey, J.P.; Moran, B.; McGuire, S.; Graham, L. Completing an interdisciplinary outpatient intervention improves patient rehabilitation goals following a mild traumatic brain injury. Physiother. Theory Pract. in press, 1-7, 2022. doi:10.1080/09593985.2021.2022046.
  • Schulze, K.J., Robinson, M., MacKenzie, H.M.,  Dickey, J.P. Association of Preexisting Mental Health Conditions With Increased Initial Symptom Count and Severity Score on SCAT5 When Assessing Concussion.  Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine 10 (9):23259671221123581, 2022. doi: 10.1177/23259671221123581.
  • Brooks, J.S.; Campbell, K.R.; Allison, W.; Johnson, A.M.; Dickey, J.P. Career Head Impact Exposure Profile of Canadian University Football Players. J. Appl. Biomech. 2022, 38, 47-57, doi:10.1123/jab.2020-0228.
  • Brooks, J.S.; Allison, W.; Harriss, A.; Bian, K.; Mao, H.; Dickey, J.P. Purposeful Heading Performed by Female Youth Soccer Players Leads to Strain Development in Deep Brain Structures. Neurotrauma Reports  2:354-362, 2021. doi:10.1089/neur.2021.0014.
  • Donskov, A.S.; Brooks, J.S.; Dickey, J.P. Normative Reference of the Single Leg, Medial Countermovement Jump in Adolescent Youth Ice Hockey Players. Sports  9:105, 2021. doi:10.3390/sports9080105.
  • Harriss, A., Johnson, A.M., Thompson, J., Walton, D.M., Dickey, J.P. Cumulative soccer heading amplifies the effects of brain activity observed during concurrent moderate exercise and continuous performance task in female youth soccer players. Journal of Concussion. 4:1-9, 2020. DOI 10.1177/2059700220912654
  • Donskov, A.S., Humphreys, D., Dickey, J.P. What is Injury In Ice Hockey: An Integrative Literature Review on Injury Rates, Injury Definition, and Athlete Exposure in Men’s Elite Ice Hockey. Sports. 7:227 (23 pages), 2019. DOI: 10.3390/sports7110227

Visit Google Scholar for a comprehensive list of publications.

Current Grants and Research Projects

  • Mao, H., Dickey, J. P. (2022-2024).  A fast method of calculating cumulative soccer head impact brain strain for youth players . Mitacs. $120,000.
  • Dickey, J. P. (2016-2023).  Laboratory evaluation of the complex interplay between whole-body vibration and spinal posture . NSERC. $130,000

Featured Graduate Student Projects

Functional Performance Testing in Ice Hockey: the Role of the Single Leg, Medial Countermovement Jump.

  • Donskov, Anthony (2021). Doctor of Philosophy, Kinesiology

The Impact of Impacts: Repetitive Head Impact Exposure in Canadian University Football Players.

  • Brooks, Jeffrey (2020). Doctor of Philosophy, Kinesiology

Cumulative purposeful soccer heading can lead to compensatory changes in brain activity during combined moderate exercise and cognitive load in female youth soccer players.

  • Harriss, Alexandra (2020). Doctor of Philosophy, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Comparison of Whole-body Vibration Attenuation Properties Between Active and Passive Suspension Seats.

  • Dietze, Ben (2020). Master of Science, Kinesiology

Strains in Regions of the Brain Modelled from Female Youth Soccer Players Performing Purposeful Headers in Season.

  • Allison, Wayne (2019). Master of Science, Kinesiology

Visit Scholarship@Western for a list of completed student theses and dissertations in the repository.

Additional Information

Academic Appointments and Research Affiliations

  • Director, Joint Biomechanics Laboratory


  • College of Biological Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Guelph, 2007
  • Full-time Award recipient, Faculty of Health Sciences Teaching Award of Excellence, University of Western Ontario, 2019.

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics
  • Member of the International Society of Biomechanics