Staff Profiles: Dr. Martine Deighan

Dr. Martine Deighan

Staff Profile: Dr. Martine Deighan
Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology

Dr. Martine Deighan

Dr. Martine Deighan

Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Martine has always had an interest in the biomechanics of movement and was once a competitive Highland Dancer, teacher and judge so she has an interest in training types and adaptations.


When deciding between Medicine or a Physiology and Sport Science degree, Martine chose to deal in fitness rather than illness. She realised that academia was where she was heading during her undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow. Having joined the University in 2005, she has have taught and led biomechanics modules and also enjoys revisiting her physiology background in other modules. Having recently trained in Strength and Conditioning as well as Corrective Exercise she has put those skills to use in a new Advanced Programme Design module as well as her core biomechanics modules. 


Award Title Institution Date
BSc (Hons) Physiology and Sport Science University of Glasgow 1998
PhD Sport and Health Sciences University of Exeter 2002
PGCertHE Postgraducate Certificate in Higher Education University of Wolverhampton 2004


Corrective Exercise Specialist (2015, National Association of Sports Medicine)

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (2014, National Association of Strength and Conditioning)


Millhayes Foundation PhD Scholarship (1999)

Membership of professional bodies

National Association of Strength and Conditioning

United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association

British Association of Teachers of Dancing

Scottish Dance Teacher's Alliance

Teaching and research


I mainly lead and teach on sport and exercise biomechanics modules in Levels 4-6 as well as teaching on some physiology modules.  I am leading an exciting new module for the Sport and Exercise Science degree, namely Advanced Programme Design.




My research focus revolves around the use of measurement techniques such as electromyography (e.g. muscle activation), force platform analysis (e.g. ground reaction forces and their derivatives) and particularly isokinetics (e.g. muscle strength balance around a joint, especially the knee) to identify injury risk factors and performance predictors. I have a special interest in Strength and Conditioning.


More publications from Dr. Martine Deighan can be found in the Research Repository.

Thesis Supervision

External responsibilities

External examining

2006 Validation of BSc. Health, Exercise and Physical Activity, University of Exeter