Dr Dan Robbins

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Allied Health

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Anatomy and physiology , Biomechanics of human movement

Research Supervision:Yes

Dr Robbins is a Senior Lecturer and Lead of the Chelmsford Campus Biomechanics Lab with specialist knowledge of the structure and function of the human body, focussing on peripheral neurophysiology and vascular function. He is also a Clinical Biomechanist within the Mid and South Essex NHS Trust.

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Before joining ARU, Dr Robbins taught at multiple higher education institutes, including the University of Greenwich, University of Bedfordshire and Imperial College London.

Prior to working in academia, Dr Robbins worked in clinical exercise, specialising in corrective exercise; his experience in the leisure industry included working within a GP referral scheme and interacting with health professionals such as physiotherapists and complementary therapists.

After leaving the leisure industry, Dr Robbins worked for the NHS at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in the department of Clinical Neurophysiology. This position involved performing intraoperative monitoring of surgical procedures, such as operations on the spine and/or peripheral nerves and working within outpatient clinics investigating muscle and nerve dysfunction via electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS).

Research interests

  • Structure and function of muscles, bones and/or joints
  • Peripheral vascular function
  • Peripheral neurophysiology
  • Signal processing, typically of biological signals
  • Product validation, for example how products affect and/or measure the human body

Areas of research supervision


  • MSc (Research) The Relationship between Muscle Contraction Intensity and Myoelectrical Activity
  • MSc (Research) Investigation in to the Coefficient of Friction of Manual Therapy Products
  • MSc (Research) Investigating Clinical Taping Strategies for the Foot



  • PhD Human Physiological and Biomechanical Responses to Vibration Exercise
  • MSc (Research) Soft Tissue Plasticity, with Neurobiology and Neuromuscular Function
  • MSc Biomechanics
  • PgCert Gait Analysis
  • PgCAP Academic Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science with Fitness

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Anatomical Society (Full member)
  • Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) (Full member)
  • British Peripheral Nerve Society (BPNS) (Full member)
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
  • NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) - Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Editorial Board member – Gait & Posture

Selected recent publications

  • Robbins, D., Assumadu, D., Islam, N., Namate, C., Godfree, H., and Thain, P. The influence of knee flexion angle on myoelectrical activity and force. In preparation for publication.
  • Bedford, S., Robbins, D., and Fletcher, I., 2018. Effects of an Active Warm Up and Warm Up Massage on Agility, Perceived Exertion, and Flexibility in Tennis Players (2018), 23(2), pp16-22.
  • Howard, L Poynter, C Barry-Wilson, S & Robbins, D (2017) Taping pressures of experienced and novice MSK therapists. GJSEPER, 5, Suppl. 1: S179.
  • Bateman, C, Carter, C, Hammond, L & Robbins, D (2017) Hip rotation & footprint index. GJSEPER, Vol. 5, Suppl. 1: S165.
  • Bedford, S and Robbins, D, (2016) The Acute Effects of Massage Are Not Detrimental To Grip Strength in Sub- Elite Racquet Players. Journal of Medicine and Science in Tennis, 21(1), pp24-27.
  • Robbins D, Chapman, M and Goss-Sampson MA, (2014) Effects of vibration on dynamic and stabiliser muscle activities during the press up. International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences, 2(2), pp19-24.
  • Robbins, D., Yoganathan, P., and Mark Goss-Sampson, 2014. The influence of whole body vibration on the central and peripheral cardiovascular system. Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, 34(5), pp364-9.

Book chapters

  • Applications, Challenges, and Advancements in Electromyography Signal Processing, Chapter 4: An introduction to signal processing using MatLab and Microsoft Excel. IGI Global (ISBN 978-1-4666-6090-8).
  • EHFA's Foundations for Exercise Professionals, Chapter 3 Muscle Action. Human Kinetics (ISBN 978- 4504-2377-9).
  • EHFA’s Essentials of Personal Training, Chapter 4, Skeletal Articulations and Movement. Human Kinetics (ISBN-13: 9781492525806).

Recent presentations and conferences

  • Hawkey, A., Hockey, P., Bedford, K., and Robbins, D., 2017. Investigating the effects of vibration on mechanical efficiency during cycling. BASES-FEPSAC Conference, East Midlands Conference Centre, Poster presentation.
  • Howes, E., Moss, R., McCarthy, J., and Robbins, D., 2017. The influence of manual therapy mediums on coefficient of friction. Clinical Biomechanics conference, University of Staffordshire. Oral Presentation.
  • Bateman, C., Moss, R., McCarthy, J., and Robbins, D., 2017. Static vs. dynamic analysis of the foot. Clinical Biomechanics conference, University of Staffordshire. Oral Presentation.
  • Lane, C., McCarthy, J., and Robbins, D., 2017. Investigating the relationship between surface EMG amplitude and muscle contraction force. Clinical Biomechanics conference, University of Staffordshire. Oral Presentation.
  • Christopher Bateman, Callum Carter, Lucy Hammond & Dan Robbins, 2017. Hip rotation & footprint index. BASES Student Conference, University of St Mark and St John poster presentation.
  • Lauren Howard, Charlotte Poynter, Samantha Barry-Wilson & Daniel Robbins, 2017. Taping pressures of experienced and novice MSK therapists. BASES Student Conference, University of St Mark and St John Poster Presentation.
  • Robbins, D., Adams, R., and Goss-Sampson, M., 2014. Effect of Vibrations on press up exercise. Physiological Society conference, London, UK, Poster Presentation.