Dr Marco Arkesteijn

PhD in Sport and Exercise Science&Sport Therapy (2012)

MSc and BSc in Human Movement Sciences (2009)

Dr Marco Arkesteijn

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

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I currently teach on various modules related to human and animal health and performance, including Sport and Exercise Science. My research activities focus on promoting functional ability in older adults. I'm also on the National Task Force for Falls Prevention in Wales, and the Sport Wales Advisory Group.

I received my MSc in Human Movement Sciences from the Free University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I subsequently started his PhD at the University of Kent, United Kingdom. The PhD focused on the role of pedalling technique on cycling efficiency, investigating the relationship between biomechanics and physiology. I've joined Aberystwyth University in 2012.


Module Coordinator
Additional Lecturer

Teaching areas include the biomechanics and physiology of human performance in both healthy ageing and sport.

Roles include Deputy Director of Student Experience in IBERS, Senior Tutor in IBERS, and library resources manager.


Research focuses on the multi-disciplinary approach to the various aspects of frailty, including a biomechanical analysis of physical functioning such as gait and postural control, quantifying physical activity and behaviour attitudes, and diet.

Research projects include developing an understanding the mechanisms of ageing, such as the relationship between muscle wasting (sarcopenia) and muscle strength, or the impact of fatigue on daily functioning, but also on community based monitoring of frailty, and specific interventions to prevent frailty (e.g. diet, functional foods, exercise).

Future research is envisaged to incorporate: - Investigating the factors playing a role in falls and frailty of elderly people and developing training programs to promote functional ability. - Educating professionals and the general public about maintaining functional ability across the lifespan.

Research Groups


Effect of stable and unstable load carriage on walking gait variability, dynamic stability and muscle activity of older adultsWalsh, G., Low, D. & Arkesteijn, M. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Biomechanics.
The effect of prolonged level and uphill walking on the postural control of older adultsWalsh, G., Low, D. & Arkesteijn, M. 2018 In : Journal of Biomechanics.69, p. 19-257 p.
The acute effects of integrated myofascial techniques on lumbar paraspinal blood flow compared with kinesio-taping: A pilot studyShah, Y., Arkesteijn, M., Thomas, D. & Whyman, J. 2017 In : Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.21, 2, p. 459-4679 p.
Effectiveness of exercise interventions to improve postural control in older adults: a systematic review and meta-analyses of centre of pressure measurements.Low, D., Walsh, G. & Arkesteijn, M. 2017 In : Sports Medicine.47, 1, p. 101-11212 p.
The Effect of Cycling Intensity on Cycling Economy During Seated and Standing CyclingArkesteijn, M., Jobson, S., Hopker, J. & Passfield, L. 2016 In : International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.11, 7, p. 907-9126 p.
Effects of prolonged walking on postural control of older adultsWalsh, G., Low, D. & Arkesteijn, M. 2016
Calculation of coactivation indices during walking gait.Walsh, G., Low, D. & Arkesteijn, M. 2016
Change in posture following a fatiguing task in older females.Jones, R., Low, D. & Arkesteijn, M. 2016
The relationship between muscle quality and postural control in older adults.Walsh, G., Arkesteijn, M. & Low, D. 2015
Effect of Gradient on Cycling Gross Efficiency and TechniqueArkesteijn, M., Jobson, S. A., Hopker, J. & Passfield, L. 2013 In : Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.45, 5, p. 920–926
The Effect of Turbo Trainer Cycling on Pedalling Technique and Cycling EfficiencyArkesteijn, M., Hopker, J., Jobson, S. A. & Passfield, L. 2013 In : International Journal of Sports Medicine.34, 6, p. 520-525
Inter- and intra-session reliability of muscle activity patterns during cyclingJobson, S. A., Hopker, J., Arkesteijn, M. & Passfield, L. 2013 In : Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology.23, 1, p. 230-78 p.
Visual search behaviour in skilled field-hockey goalkeepersCanal-Bruland, R., van der Kamp, J., Arkesteijn, M., Janssen, R. G., van Kesteren, J. & Savelsbergh, G. J. P. 2010 In : International Journal of Sport Psychology.41, 4, p. 327-33913 p.