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Dr Martine Deighan

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise

I have always had an interest in the biomechanics of movement and was once a competitive Highland Dancer, teacher and judge so I have an interest in training. I am lucky enough to share theories with students who also have a passion for the subject.


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


  • 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


Millhayes Foundation PhD Scholarship (1999)


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

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

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 & 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.