The Lived Experience of Concussion Injuries in Sport PhD

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Entry requirements:
3 years
not available
Reference number:
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
01 September 2018



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Project detail

Sports governing bodies, the media and athletes are all becoming increasingly vocal about concussion in sport and the potential for this to generate longer term neurocognitive decline. While considerable effort has been devoted to establishing the incidence of concussion injuries, developing tools for more accurate diagnosis and creating awareness campaigns to inform athletes, coaches and parents, little work has so far been conducted into how athletes understand what is meant by concussion, react to the symptoms of the condition, and reflect on the decisions made to play or withdraw from sport when concussion is suspected.

Consequently, applications are invited to undertake a sociological study of athletes’ experiences of concussion. This doctoral thesis will build on the sociological study of pain and injury in sport, as well as theories of ‘illness behaviour’ to provide a comprehensive analysis of the lived experience of concussion. The particular sport or sports to be studied will be shaped by the successful applicant’s sporting knowledge, experience and by contacts that develop as part of the study.

Ideally applicants should hold a Masters or very good undergraduate degree and have a good grounding in the social scientific study of sport or health and illness. Previous experience of conducting qualitative research will be an advantage, particularly in sporting or healthcare contexts. It is envisaged that the project will entail the use of ethnographic research and/or interviews.


Primary supervisor: Dominic Malcolm

Secondary supervisor: Joe Piggin

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Dominic Malcolm or register your interest and ask us a question.

Further information about the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences can be found on our website.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in the social scientific study of sport or health and illness.

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Previous experience of conducting qualitative research, particularly in sporting or healthcare contexts. It is envisaged that the project will entail the use of ethnographic research and/or interviews.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Please quote reference number: SSEHS/DEM