Chris Napier


Chris Napier
Clinical Assistant Professor

Physical Therapy


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Chris Napier

Chris, MPT, PhD, Sport Physiotherapy Diploma, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. He obtained his Master of Physiotherapy degree in Perth, Australia, in 2003, and his PhD (“Running biomechanics and injury prevention”) at UBC in 2018. Since becoming a physiotherapist, Chris has specialized his training with postgraduate studies in manual therapy and sport physiotherapy, achieving his Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy in 2007.

Clinically, Chris has worked with a variety of athletes and sports from high school to professional level, including the 2004 National Champion UBC Women’s Basketball team, the 2006 USL Champion Vancouver Whitecaps, and the Canadian Men’s and Women’s Field Hockey teams at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. He was the physiotherapist with the Canadian Alpine Ski team (2006-08) and the Canadian Ski Cross team (2008-10), and was part of the Canadian Medical team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. He is currently a physiotherapist for Athletics Canada.

His research interests include running biomechanics and injury prevention, particularly through the use of wearable technology. As a recognized leader in the international sport physiotherapy community, Chris currently sits on the Board of Sport Physiotherapy Canada and serves as the Chair for the 3rd World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy. Chris also continues to practise clinically and teaches in the Sport Physiotherapy and Biomechanics streams in the Master of Physiotherapy program at UBC.

Areas of Research

biomechanics, injury prevention