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Dr Claire Thornton

Senior Lecturer

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Claire joined the university in February 2017. She has worked in the higher education sector for over 15 years while studying part time for both an MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (Staffordshire University) and a PhD (University of Derby). Claire has coached a number of sports including netball, football and badminton and has worked with athletes from a range of backgrounds/abilities. Her teaching interests centre on sport and exercise psychology and research methods. 

Campus Address

NB 234
Northumberland building, City campus


Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Claire joined the university in February 2017. She has worked in the higher education sector for over 15 years while studying part time for both an MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (Staffordshire University) and a PhD (University of Derby). Claire has coached a number of sports including netball, football and badminton and has worked with athletes from a range of backgrounds/abilities. Her teaching interests centre on sport and exercise psychology and research methods. 

Claire’s thesis focused on pain responses in contact and non-contact athletes. Her work explores the mechanisms for differences in pain tolerance, perception and coping between athlete groups. She has explored pain coping styles, pain bothersomeness, challenge and threat appraisals and performance whilst in pain. She is interested in the attentional demands of pain and the psychological factors that influence pain reporting. 

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Concussion Reporting and Safeguarding Policy Development in British American Football: An Essential Agenda, Travis, E., Thornton, C., Scott-Bell, A. 4 Jun 2021, In: Frontiers in Sports and Active Living
  • Exposure to contact sports results in maintained performance during experimental pain, Thornton, C., Sheffield, D., Baird, A. Jan 2021, In: Journal of Pain
  • ‘Don’t touch my bag’: The Role of Superstition in Professional Male Boxing, Allen-Baker, G., Thornton, C., Riby, H. 1 Mar 2020, In: The Sports Psychologist
  • Pain and athletes: Contact sport participation and performance in pain, Sheffield, D., Thornton, C., Jones, M. 1 Jul 2020, In: Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • The impact of group cohesion on key success measures in higher education, Thornton, C., Miller, P., Perry, K. 20 Apr 2020, In: Journal of Further and Higher Education
  • Motor performance during experimental pain: The influence of exposure to contact sports, Thornton, C., Sheffield, D., Baird, A. 1 May 2019, In: European Journal of Pain
  • A longitudinal exploration of pain tolerance and participation in contact sports, Thornton, C., Sheffield, D., Baird, A. Jul 2017, In: Scandinavian Journal of Pain

PGR Supervision

Benjamin Morris Superstitions, Rituals and Routines in Painful Sports Start Date: 01/10/2021

Qualifications

  • Sport PhD January 31 2018
  • Sport MSc July 01 2010
  • Member British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) 2017


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