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Robin Arash Tahmosybayat

Post-graduate Researcherrobin arash

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Originally from Durham, Robin studied his undergraduate degree at Northumbria University where he became interested in human movement science. He has worked as part of a team on several projects prior to starting his PhD. One project looked at pre-season neck flexion and extension moments using an isokinetic dynamometer with a professional rugby team and another assessed lumbopelvic kinematics in individuals with and without low back pain as part of a PhD project. He has previously been contracted as a laboratory demonstrator at Northumbria university and led classes in Anatomy and Biomechanics. Additional to his academic activity Robin enjoys cycling and playing football.   





  • BSc Applied Sport Science with Coaching

Overview of Doctoral Research

The feasibility of exergaming to improve postural control for individuals more than 60 years living in the community

Falling is a consequential aspect of both ageing and neurological disease. Age-related impairments in postural control is an important predictor of falls and exercise is often prescribed as a means to improve the outcome for older individuals. Issues with adherence to exercise have induced interactive video gaming or exergaming as a potential alternative to motivate individuals to complete balance training programmes. The Nintendo WiiTM has been the most dominant exergaming tool over the last decade but the more recent Xbox KinectTM arguably promotes more whole body movements necessary for broader postural control strategies. Exergaming is still in its infancy with little knowledge of the effects community wide. The aim of this doctoral research is to gain an understanding of the feasibility of taking exergaming into the community in the hope to improve balance based outcomes of the older population.


Tahmosybayat Robin, Baker Katherine, Godfrey Alan, Caplan Nick, Barry Gill. A systematic review and meta-analysis of outcome measures to assess postural control in older adults who undertake exergaming. Maturitas, (in press),

Winnard, A., Debuse, D., Wilkinson, M., Tahmosybayat, R. & Caplan, N. 2017. The immediate effects of exercise using the Functional Re-adaptive Exercise Device on lumbopelvic kinematics in people with and without low back pain. Musculoskelet Sci Pract, 27 S1, S47-S53.

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