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Dr Dan Eastough

Department Head for Sport and Exercise Science and Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science (Biomechanics)

School of Sport & Exercise Science

Contact Details


tel: 01905 857522

Dan Eastough studied for his BSc 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. Dan is the Head of Department for Sport and Exercise Science within the School, overseeing undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Sports and Exercise Science, Sports Therapy and Performance Analysis.  He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds Distinction level teaching qualifications in both HE and FE settings.

Dan has a passion for the practice and coaching of martial arts (holding a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Ju-Jitsu) and is a fully trained Fitness Instructor. He has a particular interest in health, fitness and well-being and sees sport 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 & Exercise Science, University of Birmingham (2008)
  • BSc - Sports Science, University of Wales, Swansea (2001)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

Dan’s undergraduate and postgraduate teaching revolves around his specialist areas and research interests. All taught subjects revolve around the fields of perception and human movement, spilling over into performance analysis and strength & conditioning applications.  

Level 4 (1st Year Undergraduates)

SPRT1022 – Foundation of Human Movement
SPRT1005 - Introduction to Motor Learning & Skill Acquisition
SPRT1025 – Fundamentals of Sport & Exercise  

Level 5 (2nd Year Undergraduates)

SPRT2020 – Motor Skill Progression
SPRT2031 - Scientific Underpinnings of Sport Performance
SPRT2033 - Strength, Power and Speed

Level 6 (3rd Year Undergraduates)

SPRT3014 – Biomechanical Analysis of Sports Techniques  

Level 7 (Postgraduate)

MSPO4034 – Enhancing Human Performance     


Research Interests:

Dan’s research predominantly involves perception & action and movement control, with his current interests revolving 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 & minimalist footwear
Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
National Federation for Personal Safety (NFPS GB)



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

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

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

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