Joanna Thurston

Joanna Thurston

  • 01202 961699
  • jthurston at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Lecturer (Academic) in Sports Therapy
  • Royal London House R608, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LT
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In 2016 I wrote, and am now Programme Lead for, the newly validated BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree within the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Bournemouth University.

Prior to this I had a strong teaching portfolio both at the University of Bath and here at Bournemouth University within the Department of Sport and Physical Activity. Having received a number of student nominated teaching awards since joining BU, I was one of only 6 staff selected as a Learning and Teaching Fellows at BU in 2014 for my excellence in Fusion based learning and teaching approaches.

I am currently completing my PhD which explores the experience of living with pre-menopausal osteoporosis using a reflective topical autobiographical method.

My professional background in sport rehabilitation and movement analysis for performance enhancement meant I was fortunate to have some amazing professional experiences from working with Dr Dave Alred in Performance Coaching to massaging Justin Timberlake. With Dave in professional football I have carried out consultancy work at Bolton Wanderers and with players at Chelsea...



‘My Bones Won’t Break Me': A reflective topical autobiography exploring the experience of living with premenopausal osteoporosis.

Internet Publications

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Functional Anatomy (Year 1)
  • Sport Injuries and Rehabilitation
  • Functional Anatomy

Internal Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy, Human Sciences and Public Health

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Asked to write and run a widening participation workshop to enthuse young learners in the profession of Sports Therapy

Conference Presentations

  • BSA Christmas Conference - Public and Private Lives, Transitioning Ones Private Experience into the Public Domain, 08 Dec 2017, Friends House, London
  • Enhancing Primary Care through Research and Innovation, Improving Primary Care Provision through Understanding the Experiences of ‘Strangers’ within Diagnostic Groups., 22 Nov 2017, Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University
  • Humanising Care, Health and Wellbeing Conference, 'My Bones Won't Break Me:' My Experience of Living with Osteoporosis as a young active female., 29 Jun 2017, Bournemouth University

Consultancy Activities

  • AFCB Fitness Testing - Data Collection, Consultancy. AFC Bournemouth
  • Fitness Testing Analysis - AFC Bournemouth, Report writing for Fitness Testing Data for AFCB fitness data. AFC Bournemouth


  • Level 1 in Accredited Anthropometrist in Kinanthropometry (International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry, 2012)
  • BSc (Hons) in Sport Rehabilitation with Health and Human Biology (St Mary's University College, 2001)
  • MSc in Sport Science & Medicine (Roehampton University, 2006)


  • BU Learning and Teaching Fellowship (2014)


  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science, Member (2017-),
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2014-),
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