Dr Nimai Parmar


Dr Nimai Parmar
NameDr Nimai Parmar
Job titleDirector of Programmes - Post Graduate
Research institute
Primary appointmentLondon Sports Institute
Email addressN.Parmar@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5540-123X
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

Nimai is an Associate Professor in Sport Performance Analysis and is well known in his discipline. At Middlesex University, he leads the development and delivery of highly regarded MSc courses in Sport Performance Analysis, both on-campus and online distance education versions. Nimai's curriculum development experience is extensive and international, having created and delivered undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK and in several other countries, including India, Croatia, Lithuania, and America. He is a research-active academic who publishes regularly and presents his work at prestigious international and national conferences. Please click on the 'Research Outputs & Interests' tab to see more.

Nimai is committed to addressing underrepresentation in Sport Performance Analysis. He has designed and run innovative EDI mentorship programs in collaboration with leading industry partners. You can read more hereherehere and here. Nimai is highly engaged with industry and has established research projects and placement opportunities for his students with major international governing bodies and sports associations, as well as with professional and elite teams across various sports, including Olympic and Paralympic teams in collaboration with UK Sports Institute. Please click on the 'Funded Research & Knowledge Exchange Projects' tab to see more.

Nimai's contributions to the development of International Accreditation frameworks for both applied and academic performance analysts are widely recognised, as are his organisational skills in leading international conferences and workshops. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport (ISPAS), where he actively works to advance the field of Sport Performance Analysis.

You can follow Nimai on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.

Committee Membership

University

  • Web Transformation Board - Faculty Representative
  • Advance HE Race Equality Charter Award
  • Artificial Intelligence Working Group

Faculty

  • Learning and Teaching Enhancement Committee 
  • Academic Planning & Quality Committee 
  • Validation & Review Sub-Committee
  • REF2021 S&T Faculty Strategy Committee

Departmental

  • REF2021 UoA24 Sport Committee
  • Research Leadership Committee
  • Ethics Sub-Committee
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Working Group
  • PR and Media Working Group

External Roles

  • Executive Committee Member & Director - International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport (ISPAS)

External examiner:

Worcester University (Sep 2022 – Dec 2026)

  • MSc Sport (Applied Performance Analysis)

Cardiff Metropolitan University (Sep 2019 - Sep 2023

  • MSc Professional Practice (Sports Performance Analysis)
  • MSc Sport Performance Analysis (Analytics)
  • MSc Sport Performance Analysis (Applied)
  • HND Sport Coaching & Performance (at Cardiff and Vale College)
  • FdSc Sport Coaching (at Bridgend College)

External examiner of Research degrees (n=3)Journal reviewer (n=13 International Journals)

Performance analysis Consultancy, Research and Knowledge Transfer Projects 

Conference proceedings book (n=3)

  • Baca, A., Exel, J., Lames, M., James, N. & Parmar, N. (Eds.) (2022) Proceedings of the 9th International Performance Analysis Workshop and Conference & 5th IACSS Conference, Springer. - https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-99333-7
  • Skegro, D., Belcic, I., Sport, G., Kristicevic, T., James, N., Parmar, N., Jeleskovic, E., Sasaki, K., Vuckovic, G., Vucetic, V. & Pisot, R. (Eds.) World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport XII. Zagreb, University of Zagreb.
  • Hughes, N. James, N. Parmar & S. Murray (Eds.) (2014) Book of Abstracts of the 5th International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport Workshop. Manchester: ISPAS

Book Chapters (n=2)

  • Parmar, N., James, N. and Kraak, W. Performance analysis in rugby. In: C. Twist and P. Worsfold (Eds.). The Science of Rugby (2nd Edition). Oxon: Routledge.
  • Parmar, N. and James, N. (2013). Tackling effectiveness in Professional Rugby League. In: D. Peters and P. O'Donoghue (Eds.). Performance Analysis of Sport IX. Oxon: Routledge.

Conference presentations (n=29)

  • Presented at over 29 international and national conferences.

Invited Invited talks (n=17)

Invited International Teaching (n=8)

Teaching

Nimai is Director of Postgraduate Sport Programmes and also is a Programme Leader for the MSc in Sport Performance Analysis (both on-campus and distance education). This involves teaching on all core modules and also undertake PGT and PGR thesis supervision. 

Leadership Roles:

  • Director of Postgraduate Sport Programmes
  • Programme Leader for MSc Sport Performance Analysis (both on-campus and distance education).

Module Leadership

  • SES4005 Performance Analysis
  • SES4061 Data Analysis & Visualisation

PGT Dissertation Supervision

  • MSc Dissertation Supervision

PGR Research Student Supervision

  • MSc by Research (Current (n=1), Completed (n=2))
  • PhD (Current (n=8), Completed (n=3))

Employment

Associate Professor in Sport Performance Analysis
Middlesex University
01 Sept 2022
Senior Lecturer in Sport Performance Analysis
Middlesex University
01 Sept 2020
31 Aug 2022
Lecturer in Sport Performance Analysis
Middlesex University
01 Nov 2018
31 Aug 2020
Associate Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science
Middlesex University
01 Feb 2018
31 Oct 2018

Education and qualifications

Grants

Prizes and Awards

External activities

Research outputs

Development, validation and reliability of a questionnaire to evaluate coaches' and players' perceptions, learning, and resources regarding the ruck in rugby union

Brooks, M., Parmar, N. and Kraak, W. 2024. Development, validation and reliability of a questionnaire to evaluate coaches' and players' perceptions, learning, and resources regarding the ruck in rugby union. South African Journal of Sports Medicine. 36 (1). https://doi.org/10.17159/2078-516X/2024/v36i1a17109

The influence of situational variables on the attacking process in football

Kim, J., James, N., Gwon, U., Kim, B., Parmar, N., Pocrnjič, M. and Vučković, G. 2024. The influence of situational variables on the attacking process in football. Kinesiologia Slovenica. 30 (1), pp. 127-140. https://doi.org/10.52165/kinsi.30.1.127-140

Validating and identifying KPIs in ATP/WTA hard court tennis match play (2019–2023) using the PWOL method

Venn-Moncur, M., Parmar, N., White, C, Callingham, T and Nicholls, S 2024. Validating and identifying KPIs in ATP/WTA hard court tennis match play (2019–2023) using the PWOL method. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. https://doi.org/10.1177/17479541241235595

Evaluating goal threat in football using player and ball locations

Nordahl, O., Kim, J., James, N., Gwon, U., Parmar, N., Nicholls, S. and Vuckovic, G. 2024. Evaluating goal threat in football using player and ball locations. Kinesiologia Slovenica. 29 (3), pp. 26-48. https://doi.org/10.52165/kinsi.29.3.26-48

The importance of appearing trustworthy in the workplace: performance analysts’ perspectives

Nelson, L., James, N., Nicholls, S., Parmar, N. and Groom, R. 2023. The importance of appearing trustworthy in the workplace: performance analysts’ perspectives. Sport, Education and Society. https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2023.2288844

A narrative review of the most demanding scenarios in basketball: Current trends and future directions

Alonso Pérez-Chao, E., Portes, R., Gómez, M., Parmar, N., Lorenzo, A. and Jiménez-Sáiz, S.L. 2023. A narrative review of the most demanding scenarios in basketball: Current trends and future directions. Journal of Human Kinetics. 89, pp. 231-245. https://doi.org/10.5114/jhk/170838

Performance analysis practice within Olympic and Paralympic sports: a comparison of coach and analyst experiences

Nicholls, S., James, N., Wells, J. and Parmar, N. 2022. Performance analysis practice within Olympic and Paralympic sports: a comparison of coach and analyst experiences. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. 22 (3), pp. 343-351. https://doi.org/10.1080/24748668.2022.2054623

The role of debriefing in enhancing learning and development in professional boxing

Kojman, Y., Beeching, K., Gomez, M., Parmar, N. and Nicholls, S. 2022. The role of debriefing in enhancing learning and development in professional boxing. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. 22 (2), pp. 250-260. https://doi.org/10.1080/24748668.2022.2042640

A comparison of match demands using ball-in-play versus whole match data in professional soccer players of the English Championship

Mernagh, D., Weldon, A., Wass, J., Phillips, J., Parmar, N., waldron, M. and Turner, A. 2021. A comparison of match demands using ball-in-play versus whole match data in professional soccer players of the English Championship. Sports. 9 (6), pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.3390/sports9060076

The physical characteristics underpinning performance of wheelchair fencing athletes: a Delphi study of Paralympic coaches

Villiere, A., Mason, B., Parmar, N., Maguire, N., Holmes, D. and Turner, A. 2021. The physical characteristics underpinning performance of wheelchair fencing athletes: a Delphi study of Paralympic coaches. Journal of Sports Sciences. 39 (17), pp. 2006-2014. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2021.1912454

Assessing group-based changes in high-performance sport. Part 2: effect sizes and embracing uncertainty through confidence intervals

Turner, A., Parmar, N., Jovonoski, A. and Hearne, G. 2021. Assessing group-based changes in high-performance sport. Part 2: effect sizes and embracing uncertainty through confidence intervals. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 43 (4), pp. 68-77. https://doi.org/10.1519/SSC.0000000000000613

Assessing group-based changes in high-performance sport. Part 1: null hypothesis significance testing and the utility of p values

Turner, A., Parmar, N., Jovonoski, A. and Hearne, G. 2021. Assessing group-based changes in high-performance sport. Part 1: null hypothesis significance testing and the utility of p values. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 43 (3), pp. 112-116. https://doi.org/10.1519/SSC.0000000000000625

Exploring elite soccer teams’ performances during different match-status periods of close matches’ comebacks

Gomez, M., Reus, M., Parmar, N. and Travassos, B. 2020. Exploring elite soccer teams’ performances during different match-status periods of close matches’ comebacks. Chaos, Solitons and Fractals. 132, pp. 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chaos.2019.109566

A comparison of match demands using ball-in-play vs. whole match data in elite male youth soccer players

Wass, J., Mernagh, D., Pollard, B., Stewart, P., Fox, W., Parmar, N., Jones, B., Kilduff, L. and Turner, A. 2020. A comparison of match demands using ball-in-play vs. whole match data in elite male youth soccer players. Science and Medicine in Football. 4 (2), pp. 142-147. https://doi.org/10.1080/24733938.2019.1682183

The attacking process in football: a taxonomy for classifying how teams create goal scoring opportunities using a case study of Crystal Palace FC

Kim, J., James, N., Parmar, N., Ali, B. and Vučković, G. 2019. The attacking process in football: a taxonomy for classifying how teams create goal scoring opportunities using a case study of Crystal Palace FC. Frontiers in Psychology. 10, pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02202

Total score of athleticism: holistic athlete profiling to enhance decision-making

Turner, A., Jones, B., Stewart, P., Bishop, C., Parmar, N., Chavda, S. and Read, P. 2019. Total score of athleticism: holistic athlete profiling to enhance decision-making. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 41 (6), pp. 91-101. https://doi.org/10.1519/SSC.0000000000000506

Determining unstable game states to aid the identification of perturbations in football

Kim, J., James, N., Parmar, N., Ali, B. and Vučković, G. 2019. Determining unstable game states to aid the identification of perturbations in football. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. 19 (3), pp. 302-312. https://doi.org/10.1080/24748668.2019.1602439

Using principal component analysis to develop performance indicators in professional rugby league

Parmar, N., James, N., Hearne, G. and Jones, B. 2018. Using principal component analysis to develop performance indicators in professional rugby league. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. 18 (6), pp. 938-949. https://doi.org/10.1080/24748668.2018.1528525

Determining, scoring and presenting successful performance in professional rugby league

Parmar, N. 2017. Determining, scoring and presenting successful performance in professional rugby league. PhD thesis Middlesex University London Sport Institute

Team performance indicators that predict match outcome and points difference in professional rugby league

Parmar, N., James, N., Hughes, M., Jones, H. and Hearne, G. 2017. Team performance indicators that predict match outcome and points difference in professional rugby league. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. 17 (6), pp. 1044-1056. https://doi.org/10.1080/24748668.2017.1419409
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