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Dr Dan Robbins

Lecturer in Biomechanics, Anatomy and Physiology

Daniel Robbins

My professional career began in personal training, working with both individuals and sports teams to improve health and sports specific training goals. Specialising in corrective exercise, experience within the leisure industry included working within a GP referral scheme and interacting with health professionals such as physiotherapists and complementary therapists. In conjunction to health related exercise, I gained experience working within a variety of sports, predominantly rugby and Tae Kwon Do.

After leaving the leisure industry, I worked for the NHS at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital within the department of Clinical Neurophysiology. This position involved performing intraoperative monitoring of surgical procedures, such as operations on the spine and/or peripheral nerves and working within outpatient clinics investigating muscle and nerve dysfunction via electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS).

The predominant areas in which I teach are biomechanics, anatomy and physiology. Though I also provide lectures on the responses of the nervous system to physical stress and quantitative research methods and statistics. In addition to teaching, I supervise and support students undertaking research projects.


  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science with Fitness
  • PgCAP Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (FHEA)
  • PgCert Gait Analysis
  • MSc Biomechanics
  • MSc (Research) Soft Tissue Plasticity with Neurobiology and Neuromuscular Function
  • PhD Human Physiological and Biomechanical Responses to Whole Body Vibration Exercise

Teaching Role

  • Responsible for coordination and lecturing on the following units:
    • Introduction to Physiology and Biomechanics (Level 4)
    • Applied Anatomy (Level 4)
    • Applied Physiology and Biomechanics (Level 6)
    • MSc (research) Clinical Biomechanics
  • Contributing lecturer on the following units:
    • Advanced Physiology and Biomechanics
    • Planning and Conducting Research
    • Final Year Project

Research Interests

  • Clinical Biomechanics
  • Neuromechanics
  • Exercise and Rehabilitation Science

Professional Memberships

  • Ordinary member and University representative for the Physiological Society
  • Full member of the Anatomical Society
  • Professional member of BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Science), Deputy Chair for the Division of Biomechanics and Motor Behaviour
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) - Corrective Exercise Specialist

Recent Publications

Selected Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Bedford, S and Robbins, D, (2016) The Acute Effects of Massage Are Not Detrimental To Grip Strength in Sub-Elite Racquet Players. Journal of Medicine and Science in Tennis Volume 21, Number 1, 24-27
  • Robbins D, Chapman, M and Goss-Sampson MA, (2014) Effects of vibration on dynamic and stabiliser muscle activities during the press up International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences 2(2): 19-24,
  • Robbins, D; Yoganathan, P and Mark Goss-Sampson (2014) The influence of whole body vibration on the central and peripheral cardiovascular system. Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging 34(5): 364-9
  • Robbins D, Goss-Sampson MA, (2013) The influence of whole body vibration on myoelectric properties of the vastus lateralis International Journal of Sports Science Volume 3, Number 4,135-140.
  • Robbins D, Goss-Sampson MA, (2013) The influence of whole body vibration on the plantar flexors during heel raise exercise, Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 23 614–618
  • Robbins, D; Zeinstra, E, B; Jimenez, A; Goss-Sampson, M (2012) Does whole body vibration have clinically significant neurophysiological and neurovascular implications? Journal of Prevention and Treatment Volume 1, Number 2, 18-26.
  • Robbins, D. Elwell, C. Jimenez, A and Goss-Sampson, M. (2012) Localised muscle tissue oxygenation during dynamic exercise with whole body vibration. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine 11, 346-351.


  • EHFA's Foundations for Exercise Professionals, Chapter 3 Muscle Action; Publisher, Human Kinetics (ISBN 978-4504-2377-9).
  • EHFA’s Essentials of Personal Training, Chapter 4, Skeletal Articulations and Movement. Publisher, Human Kinetics (ISBN-13: 9781492525806).
  • Applications, Challenges, and Advancements in Electromyography Signal Processing, Chapter 4: An introduction to signal processing using MatLab and Microsoft Excel; Publisher, IGI Global (ISBN 978-1-4666-6090-8).


  • Resources for Research and Practice, The Sport and Exercise Scientist issue 35 2013.
  • The Effects of PowerBIKE™ on Cyclical Muscle Activation Patterns, produced for Power Plate International Ltd.
  • Annual Summary of Vibration Exercise Research in 2011, produced for Power Plate International Ltd.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Robbins D, Adams R and Goss-Sampson M (2014) Analysing Press Ups with Vibration vs. Bench Press with EMG' Physiological Society (IUPS) conference, London, UK, poster presentation.
  • Robbins D, Yoganathan P and Goss-Sampson M (2013). Cardiovascular Responses to Whole Body Vibration. Physiological Society (IUPS) conference, Birmingham, UK, poster presentation.
  • Robbins D, Chapman, M and Goss-Sampson MA, (2013) Effects of vibration on dynamic and stabiliser muscle activities during the press up. BASES Student Conference, Cardiff, UK, oral presentation.
  • Robbins D, Goss-Sampson MA, (2012) The Influence of Whole Body Vibration on the Plantarflexors During Heel Raise Exercise. BASES Student Conference, oral presentation, London, Docklands; UK, Winner of best presentation in applied research award.
  • Robbins D, Matharoo J and Goss-Sampson MA, (2012) Progressive vibration exercise research. Kent county local network research, Kent , UK, Poster presentation.
  • Robbins D, Jimenez A, Elwell C and Goss-Sampson MA, (2011) Acute Effects of Vibration on Muscle Oxygenation During Plantar Flexion Exercise. BASES Annual Conference, oral presentation.
  • Goss-Sampson MA, Robbins D, Matharoo J, Filingeri D and Jimenez A, (2011) The effects of powerBIKE on cyclical muscle activation patterns. BASES Annual Conference, Colchester, UK, poster presentation.

Contact Details

School of Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
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