Dr Mark Corbett


Lead Technician (Motion and Performance Centre)

School of Sport and Exercise Science

Professional and Technical Support Staff

Contact Details

email: m.corbett@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 855529

Dr Mark Corbett joined the University of Worcester in 2008 from the Ministry of Defence with a background in optics and thermal imaging. His PhD examined nonlinear absorption of ultrafast laser pulses in semiconductors.

His main interest now is biomechanics for sports and healthcare with extensive research experience in data acquisition and processing. Marks teaching areas are in human and animal movement (kinesiology, kinematics and kinetics). His research interests include cycling biomechanics, muscle fatigue with electromyography and clinical gait analysis.

Mark is an experienced cyclist, racing in time trials and road races. He has used his knowledge to develop a popular cycle fitting service at the Motion and Performance Centre.


  • PhD Nonlinear optical properties of indium arsenide with ultrafast femtosecond radiation at mid-infrared wavelengths, University of St Andrews (2005)
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics, Open University (2017)
  • BSc (Hons) Physics, University of Birmingham (1994)
  • Chartered Physicist, Institute of Physics (1999)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


Teaching & Research

Professional Interests:

  • Biomechanics
  • 3d motion capture
  • Video motion capture
  • Kinetics through force plates and dynamometry
  • Clinical gait analysis

Research Interests:

  • Cycling biomechanics and bike fitting
  • Repeatability and variability of motion capture and gait analysis
  • Electromyography and interdisciplinary elements of pacing

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


Veen, J., Corbett, M. and Renfree, A. (2019) Maximal Sprints Within the Warm-up Does Not Affect Pacing or Performance in a 10 km Cycle Time Trial. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise. ISSN Online: 1988-5202 (In Press)

Rhoden, C., West, J., Renfree, A., Corbett, M. and St Clair Gibson, A. (2015) Adaptive self-regulation in cycle time trials: goal pursuit, goal disengagement and the affective experience, J Sci Cycling 4 (3), 44-52

Renfree, A., West, J., Corbett, M., Rhoden, C. and St Clair Gibson, A. (2011) Complex interplay between determinants of pacing and performance during 20 km cycle time trials. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 7 (2), 121-129. ISSN 1555-0265

Corbett, M. and Bevins, J. (2010) Gait Analysis of a Catwalk Model Presented at the 2010 CMAS Annual Meeting. Dundee.

Corbett, M. and Bevins, J. (2010) Post processing of gait analysis data with OLGA to improve repeatability. Presented at the 2010 CMAS Annual Meeting. Dundee.

Renfree, A., West, J., Corbett, M. and Rhoden, C. (2009) Individualised RPE responses during a self-paced cycle time trial, Sports Science Review, 18 (3), 7-26.

Corbett, M., Bevins, J., Churchill, S., Palmer, R., Pratt, D. and Uutela A. (2009). Intra- and inter-laboratory repeatability of gait analysis data in normal adults. Gait and Posture (November 2009), 30, Supplement 2, pp. S14-S14.

External Responsibilities

Chair of the Standards Committee for the Clinical Movement Analysis Society of UK and Ireland (CMAS) 2012-2015