Dr Daniel Low PhD Biomechanics

Dr Daniel Low

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science

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Daniel received a BSc in Sport Science from Brunel University in 2004, followed by an MSc from the University of Exeter in 2005. In 2010, Daniel received a PhD from the University of Exeter, where the central theme of his thesis was the investigation of biomechanical changes that occur with different soccer surfaces and footwear. Daniel was a biomechanics technician between 2008 " 2010 and was part of a research group investigating the adaptations to tennis playing surfaces and footwear. Daniel has worked with podiatrists, physiotherapists and strength and conditioning coaches to provide gait and movement analysis to recreational runners, professional rugby players and a junior international long jumper. In 2013, Daniel received a PGCE in post-16 Education and obtained HEA accreditation.



Principal Areas of Interest:

Daniel's research focuses on lower limb biomechanics and the changes that occur to cause injury to the Achilles tendon and Anterior Cruciate Ligament. Daniel is also interested the biomechanical adaptations that occur in response to change in external conditions such as playing surface and footwear.



Low, D., Walsh, G., Arkesteijn, M. 2017. Effectiveness of exercise interventions to improve postural control in older adults: a systematic review and meta-analyses of centre of pressure measurements. Sports Medicine 47 (1) pp. 101-112. 10.1007/s40279-016-0559-0 Cadair


Low, D. 2016. Reliability of gait related data determined via the shank attached Sensoria smart sock accelerometer during running and walking. Journal of Sports Sciences 34:sup1 pp. s58. Cadair

Low, D. 2016. Factors influencing foot and ankle injury risk in soccer: The role of playing surface and footwear. Lambert Academic Publishing Cadair

Low, D., Dixon, S. 2016. The influence of shock-pad density and footwear cushioning on heel impact and forefoot loading during running and turning movements. International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering 10 (1) pp. 86-99. 10.1504/IJSURFSE.2016.075319 Cadair

Low, D. 2016. Tell Us Now - the challenges and possibilities. Aberystwyth Learning and Teaching Conference. Cadair

Walsh, G., Low, D., Arkesteijn, M. 2016. Effects of prolonged walking on postural control of older adults. 22nd European Society of Biomechanics Congress, Lyon, France.. Cadair

Walsh, G., Low, D., Arkesteijn, M. 2016. Calculation of coactivation indices during walking gait. 22nd European Society of Biomechanics Congress, Lyon, France.. Cadair

Jones, R., Low, D., Arkesteijn, M. 2016. Change in posture following a fatiguing task in older females. 22nd European Society of Biomechanics Congress, Lyon, France.. Cadair


Low, D., Dixon, S. 2015. The Effect of a Heel Insert Intervention on Achilles Tendon Loading during Running in Soccer. Sports and Exercise Medicine 1 (6) pp. 167-173. 10.17140/SEMOJ-1-126 Cadair

Low, D. 2015. Student as Producer: Using Research-Engaged Teaching to Enhance the Learning Experience of Biomechanics Students. US-China Education Review A 5 (11) pp. 745-754. 10.17265/2161-623X/2015.11.004 Cadair

Low, D., Harsley, P., Shaw, M., Peart, D. 2015. The effect of heavy resistance exercise on repeated sprint performance in youth athletes. Journal of Sports Sciences 33 (10) pp. 1028-1034. 10.1080/02640414.2014.979857 Cadair

Walsh, G., Arkesteijn, M., Low, D. 2015. The relationship between muscle quality and postural control in older adults. 25th congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. Glasgow, UK. Cadair

Low, D. 2015. Student as Producer: Using research-engaged teaching to enhance the learning experience of biomechanics students. Aberystwyth University Learning & Teaching Conference. Cadair


Low, D., Dixon, S. 2014. Understanding the Effect of Changes to Natural Turf Hardness on Lower Extremity Loading. Measurement and Control 47 (7) pp. 212– 218. 10.1177/0020294014546942 Cadair

Commons, A.T., Low, D. 2014. Understanding the Effect of High-Cut Shoes, Running Shoes and Prophylactic Supports on Ankle Stability When Performing a “V”-Cut Movement. Sports and Exercise Medicine Open Journal. 1(1), 1-7. Sports and Exercise Medicine 1 (1) pp. 1-7. 10.17140/SEMOJ-1-101 Cadair


Damm, L., Low, D.C., Richardson, A., Clarke, J., Carre, M., Dixon, S. 2013. The effects of surface traction characteristics on frictional demand and kinematics in tennis. Sports Biomechanics 12 (4) pp. 389-402. 10.1080/14763141.2013.784799 Cadair

Harsley, P., Peart, D., Low, D., Shaw, M. 2013. The Effects of Postactivation Potentiation on Repeated Sprint Ability in Elite Youth Soccer Players. UKSCA’s 9th Annual Conference.. Cadair


Damm, L., Low, D., Richardson, A., Clarke, J., Carre, M., Dixon, S. 2011. Modulation of tennis players’ frictional demand according to surface traction characteristics. ISB 2011: Proceedings of the International Society of Biomechanics Congress XXIII. Cadair


Low, D.C., Dixon, S. 2010. Footscan pressure insoles: accuracy and reliability of force and pressure measurements in running. Gait and Posture 32 (4) pp. 664-6. 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2010.08.002 Cadair

Low, D., Dixon, S. 2010. The influence of shock pad density on biomechanical measurements associated with overuse injury. Science, Technology and Research in to Sports Surfaces (SPORTSURF). Cadair


Dixon, S., James, I., Blackburn, K., Pettican, N., Low, D.C. 2008. Influence of footwear and soil density on loading within the shoe and soil surface during running. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology 222 ((P1)) pp. 1-10. 10.1243/17543371JSET16 Cadair


Low, D., Dixon, S. 2007. The effect of soccer specific footwear and playing surfaces on peak force and pressure variables. Proceeding of the Bases Annual Conference. British . Cadair


Dixon, S., James, I., Low, D. 2006. Influence of footwear on in-shoe loading for different soil densities. In E. F. Moritz., S. J. Haake. (eds) Engineering of Sport 6: developments for disciplines. Springer Nature, New York, USA pp. 5 -10. Other Cadair

Karageorghis, C.I., Jones, L., Low, D. 2006. Relationship Between Exercise Heart Rate and Music Tempo Preference. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport 77 (2) pp. 240–250. 10.1080/02701367.2006.10599357 Cadair