Celebrating female researchers in sport symposium – Birmingham City University (online) 18/01/2022

10:45-14:00 Tuesday 18th January 2022, Microsoft Teams Click here to join the meeting

I’m really excited about this symposium next week, hosted by Birmingham City University’s Centre for Life and Sport Sciences, and Sport Sciences for Health and Disease research cluster.

This is the research group I align with at BCU (an interesting place for a geographer) and am hoping this event will catalyse some exciting interdisciplinary work and discussions in the group. It’s a free online event, so all are welcome.

As with many things these days, it all started on Twitter. I was totally enamoured by the work of Joanne Parsons, Steph Coen and Sheree Bekker and their paper Anterior cruciate ligament injury: towards a gendered environmental approach, which has been making big waves in the world of sport science and medicine. The paper brings together a clinical physiotherapist, a geographer and a qualitative sport injury scholar in what is a lovely bridging of ‘traditional’ sport sciences and the social, cultural and geographical perspectives I tend to apply to sport.

I thought this would be a fantastic conversation starter within the research group at BCU and invited them to speak with us. Luckily they agreed and Sheree is virtually visiting us next week. Her talk is entitled: Opportunities for an interdisciplinary sport science: lessons from re-thinking the ACL injury cycle.

Sport science is increasingly recognising the value of alternative perspectives and working across disciplines. Drawing on her work on complexity and the recent British Journal of Sports Medicine Editors’ Choice article published with Drs Joanne Parsons and Stephanie Coen, titled ‘Anterior cruciate ligament injury: towards a gendered environmental approach’, Sheree will discuss how incorporating both biomedical and social understandings in our work can drive advances in research and practice in our field and beyond.

Excitingly, the event has expanded into a celebration of female researchers in sport at BCU too, and a short showcase will follow Sheree’s talk. The schedule is as follows:

Dr Loukia Tsaprouni – Opening address – BCU: Research director for CLaSS10:50 – 11:00am
Dr Sheree Bekker – Opportunities for an interdisciplinary sport science: lessons from re-thinking the ACL injury cycle – University of Bath11:00 – 12:30pm
Jodie Bryant – Increasing diversity in physiotherapy – BCU: Physiotherapy1:00 – 1:15pm
Jennie Carter – Nutrition in sport – BCU: Sports Nutrition1:15 – 1:30pm
Aisha James – Physical and mental health in musical theatre performers: what are the challenges? – BCU: Sports Therapy1:30 – 1:45pm
Dr Leona Brayne –  TBC – BCU: Sport Science1:45 – 2:00pm

So please do join us for this event. I’m really looking forward to it and hope to see some of you there. Click here to join the meeting


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