Dr Dan Eastough


Principal Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science (Biomechanics)

School of Sport and Exercise Science


Contact Details

email: d.eastough@worc.ac.uk

Dan Eastough studied for his BSc degree in Sports Science at the University of Wales, Swansea, before completing a PhD in Neuroscience and Motor Control at the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Birmingham. He then spent two and a half years as Higher Education Course Leader at North East Worcestershire College (now Heart of Worcestershire College) before joining the University of Worcester in 2009 as a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds Distinction level teaching qualifications in both HE and FE settings.

Dan has a keen interest in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and in the optimal use of IT, digital devices and educational platforms to improve the learning and teaching experience for both staff and students.

Having spent over 20 years in the practice and coaching of martial arts and fitness instruction, Dan has a particular interest in training and conditioning for health, fitness and well-being and sees sport and exercise education as a key component in the promotion of habitual physical activity and healthy living.


  • Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education [PG Cert LTHE] - Distinction, University of Worcester (2011)
  • Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector [DTLLS] - Distinction, University of Warwick (2010)
  • PhD - Neuropsychology and Motor Control, School of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Birmingham (2008)
  • BSc - Sports Science, University of Wales, Swansea (2001)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

Dan predominantly acts as one of the course team for the Sport and Exercise Science degree, but occasionally delivers on other programmes.  His undergraduate and postgraduate teaching revolves around his specialist areas of Biomechanics, Motor Control and Human Movement, spilling over into performance analysis and strength and conditioning applications.

Level 4 (1st Year Undergraduate)

Introductory and foundational modules relating to:

  • Biomechanics
  • Motor Learning and Control
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise

Level 5 (2nd Year Undergraduate)

Theoretical and practical competency modules focusing on the areas of:

  • Sports Performance (Biomechanics)
  • Motor Control and Performance
  • Strength and Conditioning

Level 6 (3rd Year Undergraduate)

Specialist modules in:

  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Independent Project and Dissertation Coordinator
  • Supervision of Independent Projects

Research Interests:

Dan's research predominantly involves perception, action and movement control. His current interests revolve around how the Central Nervous System controls muscular force production at both a conscious and subconscious level in relation to visual and other perceptual information. He is also involved in research into alternative training modalities such as the use of minimalist footwear.

Key Topics

  • Perception and action
  • Perceptual determinants of muscular force production
  • Movement volition
  • Barefoot training and minimalist footwear

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


Journal Papers

Ramsey, R., Cumming, J., Eastough, D., and Edwards, M. G. (2010) Incongruent imagery interferes with action initiation. Brain and Cognition, 74, 249-254.

Eastough, D. and Edwards, M.G. (2007) Movement kinematics in prehension are affected by grasping objects of different mass, Experimental Brain Research, 176: 193-198.

Conference Proceedings

Griffiths, L., Eastough, D., Gravestock, H., Thomas, G., Mizen, R. and Horne, S. (2014) The effect of habitual walking in minimalist shoes on dynamic balance and lower limb strength. 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science Book of Abstracts.

Gravestock, H., Griffiths, L., Corbett, M., Thomas, G., Mizen, R. and Eastough, D. (2014) Musculoskeletal and spatio-temporal gait changes in walking after an eight weeks minimalist footwear intervention. 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science Book of Abstracts.

Eastough, Hardwick and Edwards (2006) Extrinsic and intrinsic feature labelling have surprising effects on movement kinematics in prehension. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 28: S60-S60.

Eastough and Edwards (2006) Movement kinematics in prehension are affected by grasping objects of different weight, Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 28: S59-S60.

Other Publications

Castle, P., Roberts, C. M., Hughes, C., Eastough, D. and Gerrett, N. (comp.) (2013) Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science. McGraw-Hill Education, UK.

Harris, A. and Eastough, D. (2011) ‘Mathletes’, Men’s Health (October), p 132-134