I have a diverse and successful career history, as a researcher, sports massage therapist, lecturer and curriculum manager for Sport/Outdoors. These skills, knowledge, and experience informed my decision to take a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to my PhD work.
I completed my BA (Hons.) in Sport Science at Canterbury, Christchurch University; Post-graduate Certificate of Education at Nottingham University; Master’s in Management at Coventry University; and my last place of study was at Loughborough University where I completed an MPhil in Sport Performance Psychology.
My main interests are centred around an active and varied lifestyle based on ultra-endurance training, ski-touring, hiking in the mountains, then playing my cello and the odd game of chess.
Examining the effectiveness of reflective practice, self-regulatory and cognitive strategies to enhance sport-specific risk and pain management during ultra-endurance and endurance performance.
Short summary/overview of what you are investigating in your:
My PhD study has adopted a holistic biopsychosocial approach to explore how each domain has a different and varying contribution to the pain experiences and coping by the female ultra-endurance athlete. The aim is to provide an in-depth insight into the underpinning biopsychosocial influences on ultra-athlete wellbeing and their use of high pain tolerance levels during events and in everyday life. This insight will provide important practical implications for necessary support and training for ultra-athletes from multidisciplinary teams working across this field.
Supervisors: Dr Carla Meijen, Dr Stacy Winter, Dr Emily Martin
Please list any publications you may have or presentations you have delivered:
Sorensen, B. M. (2020, September 7-8). A longitudinal case study approach to professional female ultra-triathletes pain management [Conference session]. Women in Sport and Exercise Academic Network: Getting back on their feet - global virtual event. Theme: ‘Getting back on their feet through furthering the understanding of how female-specific issues influence sport and exercise performance and health’.
Sorensen, B. M. (2020, September 7-8). How is the elite cycling world changing for the French female cyclist? A cultural and comparative snapshot of progress so far [Conference session]. Women in Sport and Exercise Academic Network: Getting back on their feet global virtual event. Theme: ‘Getting back on their feet to ensure that gender inequalities within sport and exercise are addressed’.
Sorensen, B. M. (2020, July 7-9). Female ultra-endurance athletes: An exploration of their pain experiences. [Conference session]. SAHPS Festival of Research virtual event, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, UK.
Sorensen, B. M. (2019, June 11-12). Female Ultra-Endurance Athletes: An Exploration of Their Pain Experiences [Poster presentation]. Pushing boundaries: Women in Sport and Exercise Conference, St Mary's University, Twickenham, London, UK. Abstracts Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 2020, 28, 55-65 https://doi.org/10.1123/wspaj.2020-0011
Sorensen, B. M. (2019, May 10). Female ultra-endurance athletes: An exploration of their pain experiences [Poster presentation]. SAHPS Festival of Research, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, UK.