Faculty of Global and Community Studies
School of Kinesiology
604.986.1911 ext. 2488
Fir Building, room FR515A
M.Sc. (Kinetics), School of Health and Exercise Science, University of British Columbia, 2015.
BHK, School of Health and Exercise Science, University of British Columbia, 2013.
"My goal as an instructor is now, and always will be, to encourage student success in whatever way a student perceives that success to be."
Carey Simpson received her Master of Science (Kinetics) from the University of British Columbia in 2015. During her time as a student, Simpson researched a number of neuromuscular topics including Post Activation Potentiation in relation to warmup and muscle and tendon mechanics in response to perturbation and sport-related forces. Her main research area concerned muscle and tendon adaptation to chronic stretch training and the resultant biomechanical and force characteristic alterations.
Prior to completion of her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Simpson was employed in a variety of positions in the health and fitness industry. She started her career working as a personal trainer, aerobics instructor, cycling coach and yoga instructor, but it was her love of public speaking and knowledge translation that led her to pursue an opportunity to work as an on-board fitness instructor with Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International. Simpson returned from the seas to open a land-based mobile personal training company before pursuing university to complete her education in human kinetics.
Simpson is a member of the Research Ethics Board at Capilano University and a strong contributor to the research culture on campus. She continues to publish in neuromuscular physiology as well as consult with and contribute to external research organizations.
As a Neuromuscular Physiologist, I have a particular interest in the structure, control and inner workings of the human body. I am continually fascinated by the complexity of how we develop and change as we grow, age or are injured. From the beauty of the trillions of synapses in the brain to the specificity of chemical messengers that carry vital information throughout our system, the human body provides a bottomless reservoir for discovery.
I am excited by the interplay of our internal selves with the external environment. What we consume and are exposed to can have lasting impact on our health, both acutely and long term. These interests have led me into anatomy and physiology, nutrition and human growth and development.
My research has focused on the adaptation of the muscle tendon unit to chronic stretch training and the resultant implications for the force producing internal structure of the muscle.
I had the opportunity to create and oversee a number of research topics related to neural control, and muscle and tendon structure, including post activation potentiation, contraction velocities of the unit, chronic force adaption in the tendon of youth baseball pitchers and various alterations in the muscle and tendon from acute stretching.
My research has used ultrasound to examine the structure and contraction dynamics of muscle and tendon in vivo, along with electromyography, force dynamometry and dual energy x-ray absorptiometry.
Simpson, C.L., Arefin, S.A., Smart, R. R, Harwood, B., Jakobi, J.M. Duration of fascicle shortening is affected by muscle architecture and sex. Eur J Appl Physiol. 116 (11-12):2237-2245, 2016.
Simpson, C.L., Kim, B.D.H., Bourcet, M.R., Jones, G., Jakobi, J.M. Stretch training induces unequal adaptation in muscle fascicles and thickness in the medial and lateral gastrocnemii. Scand J Med Sci Spor. 12:1597-1604, 2017.
Simpson, C.L., Melady, D.E.E, Jakobi, J.M. Velocity of muscle and tendon components during isometric contraction is altered with stretch and between males and females. Accepted Appl Physiol, Nut, Metab.43:227-232, 2017.
Simpson, C.L., Flatman, M. M., Kim, B.D.H., Bouwmeester, N., Jakobi, J.M. Increase in post activation potentiation in females following a cycling warmup. Hum Mov Sci.57:171-177, 2017.
Kuzyk, S.L., Smart, R.R., Simpson, C.L., Fedorov, A., Jakobi, J.M. Influence of fascicle length on twitch potentiation of the medial gastrocnemius across three ankle angles. Eur J Appl Physiol.118:1199-1207, 2017.
Simpson, C.L., Kim, B.D.H., Jakobi, J.M. Augmentation of the length tension relationship through stretch training in the human gastrocnemius Achilles tendon unit. Intended journal: Journal of Applied Physiology, 2018.
Simpson, C.L., Bray, N.D., Bouwmeester, N., Jakobi, J.M. Six weeks of chronic stretch training alters the rate characteristics of voluntary and involuntary force development. Intended journal: Journal of Applied Physiology, 2018.
Simpson, C.L., Cultum, T.G.L., Jakobi, J.M. Chronic pitching as a youth affects muscle quality and tendon compliance as an adult. Intended journal: American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2018.
Invitations to Review
Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. Acute effects of unilateral stretching and foam rolling on contralateral limb flexibility and neuromuscular functions, 2017.
Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. Muscle tone and viscoelastic characteristics of athletes participating in the European Masters Indoor Athletics Championships, 2016.
Abstract submission presented by Jakobi, J.M. European College of Sport Science 2013, Barcelona, 07 2012.
Simpson, C.L., Arefin, S.A., Smart, R. R, Harwood, B., Jakobi, J.M. (2013). Stretch related changes in force and musculotendinous architecture following passive stretch.
2015: European College of Sports Science 2015, Malmo, 06 2015: Simpson, C.L., Kim, B.D.H., Jakobi, J.M. (2014). Stretch induced muscle hypertrophy in the human triceps surae of young males.
2014: Alberta Motor Control Association, Kananaskis, Alberta, 09 2014: Simpson, C.L., Arefin, S.A., Smart, R. R., Harwood, B., Jakobi, J.M. (2014). Throwing a curve ball: muscle architecture and sex effects twitch contractile properties and reflexes of the human gastrocnemius-Achilles tendon unit.
2014: Exercise Physiologists of Western Canada, Kelowna, BC, 07 2014: Simpson, C.L., Arefin, S.A., Smart, R. R., Harwood, B., Jakobi, J.M. (2014). Muscle fibre curvature and sex differences in force production.
Internal Research Grant, University of British Columbia, 2015.
Three Minute Thesis Winner, University of British Columbia, 2015.
NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship Masters, University of British Columbia, 2014-15.
Graduate Fellowship, University of British Columbia, 2014.
Teaching Assistant Award, University of British Columbia, 2014.
Graduate Entrance Scholarship, University of British Columbia, 2013.
Graduate Fellowship, University of British Columbia, 2013.
Head of the Graduating Class Medal, BHK, University of British Columbia, 2013.
Research Rodeo Winner, University of British Columbia, 2013.
Research Rodeo People's Choice, University of British Columbia, 2013.
Deputy Vice Chancellor Scholarship for Continuing Studies, University of British Columbia, 2012.
Deputy Vice Chancellor Scholarship for Continuing Studies, University of British Columbia, 2011.