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.


Dixon, S, James , I, Blackburn, K, Pettican, N & Low, DC 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, vol 222, no. (P1), pp. 1-10. DOI: 10.1243/17543371JSET16
Low, D & Dixon, S 2007, The effect of soccer specific footwear and playing surfaces on peak force and pressure variables. in Proceeding of the Bases Annual Conference. British , Bath, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2007.
Dixon, S, James , I & Low, D 2006, Influence of footwear on in-shoe loading for different soil densities. in EF Moritz & SJ Haake (eds), Engineering of Sport 6: developments for disciplines. vol. 2, Springer Nature, New York, USA, pp. 5 -10.
Karageorghis, CI, Jones, L & Low, D 2006, 'Relationship Between Exercise Heart Rate and Music Tempo Preference' Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, vol 77, no. 2, pp. 240–250. DOI: 10.1080/02701367.2006.10599357
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, vol 47, no. 1, pp. 101-112. DOI: 10.1007/s40279-016-0559-0
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, vol 34:sup1, pp. s58.
Low, D 2016, Factors influencing foot and ankle injury risk in soccer: The role of playing surface and footwear. Lambert Academic Publishing.
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, vol 10, no. 1, pp. 86-99. DOI: 10.1504/IJSURFSE.2016.075319
Low, D 2016, 'Tell Us Now - the challenges and possibilities' Paper presented at Aberystwyth Learning and Teaching Conference, 2016 - 2016, .
Walsh, G, Low, D & Arkesteijn, M 2016, 'Effects of prolonged walking on postural control of older adults' Paper presented at 22nd European Society of Biomechanics Congress, Lyon, France., 2016 - 2016, .
Walsh, G, Low, D & Arkesteijn, M 2016, 'Calculation of coactivation indices during walking gait.' 22nd European Society of Biomechanics Congress, Lyon, France., 2016 - 2016, .
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., 2016 - 2016, .
Low, D & Dixon, S 2015, 'The Effect of a Heel Insert Intervention on Achilles Tendon Loading during Running in Soccer' Sports and Exercise Medicine, vol 1, no. 6, pp. 167-173. DOI: 10.17140/SEMOJ-1-126
Low, D 2015, 'Student as Producer: Using Research-Engaged Teaching to Enhance the Learning Experience of Biomechanics Students' US-China Education Review A, vol 5, no. 11, pp. 745-754. DOI: 10.17265/2161-623X/2015.11.004
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, vol 33, no. 10, pp. 1028-1034. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2014.979857
Walsh, G, Arkesteijn, M & Low, D 2015, 'The relationship between muscle quality and postural control in older adults.' Paper presented at 25th congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. Glasgow, UK, Glasgow, UK, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2015 - 2015, .
Low, D 2015, 'Student as Producer: Using research-engaged teaching to enhance the learning experience of biomechanics students.' Paper presented at Aberystwyth University Learning & Teaching Conference, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2015 - 2015, .
Low, D & Dixon, S 2014, 'Understanding the Effect of Changes to Natural Turf Hardness on Lower Extremity Loading' Measurement and Control, vol 47, no. 7, pp. 212– 218. DOI: 10.1177/0020294014546942
Commons, AT & 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, vol 1, no. 1, pp. 1-7. DOI: 10.17140/SEMOJ-1-101
Damm, L, Low, DC, Richardson, A, Clarke, J, Carre, M & Dixon, S 2013, 'The effects of surface traction characteristics on frictional demand and kinematics in tennis' Sports Biomechanics, vol 12, no. 4, pp. 389-402. DOI: 10.1080/14763141.2013.784799
Harsley, P, Peart, D, Low, D & Shaw, M 2013, 'The Effects of Postactivation Potentiation on Repeated Sprint Ability in Elite Youth Soccer Players.' Paper presented at UKSCA’s 9th Annual Conference., Nottingham , United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2013 - 2013, .
Damm, L, Low, D, Richardson, A, Clarke, J, Carre, M & Dixon, S 2011, 'Modulation of tennis players’ frictional demand according to surface traction characteristics.' Paper presented at ISB 2011: Proceedings of the International Society of Biomechanics Congress XXIII, Brussels , Belgium, 2011 - 2011, .
Low, DC & Dixon, S 2010, 'Footscan pressure insoles: accuracy and reliability of force and pressure measurements in running.' Gait and Posture, vol 32, no. 4, pp. 664-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2010.08.002
Low, D & Dixon, S 2010, 'The influence of shock pad density on biomechanical measurements associated with overuse injury' Paper presented at Science, Technology and Research in to Sports Surfaces (SPORTSURF), Loughborough , United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2010 - 2010, .