Department of Sport and Exercise Science


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Dr Jenny Burbage

  • Qualifications: Ph.D., MSc, BSc (Hons), FHEA
  • Role Title: Principal Lecturer, Recruitment & External Promotion Lead
  • Address: Room 2.01, Spinnaker Building, Department of Sport and Exercise Science, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2ER
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5173
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  • Department: Department of Sport & Exercise Science
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I joined the department as a research assistant and associate lecturer in 2007 and subsequently started a part-time PhD in the area of breast biomechanics. I had previously graduated from this University in July 2006, having completed a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science. I then went on to complete an MSc in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics at the University of Chichester (2006-2007). Since 2011 I have been a Lecturer, and then Senior Lecturer, in biomechanics and I am a fellow of the Higher Education Authority. I completed my PhD in July 2013, which focused on the breast support implications for female recreational athletes. I am now a Principal Lecturer in biomechanics and the Recruitment & External Promotion Lead for the department. I am also continuing to carry out research and innovation activities as part of the Research Group in Breast Health.

Teaching Responsibilities

I currently teach sports biomechanics and related subjects on our undergraduate and postgraduate degree pathways. I am unit coordinator for The Science of Injury and Rehabilitation (Level 5) and Applied Biomechanics (Level 6) units and teach on Research Methods units across all levels. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and research projects.


My primary research area is breast biomechanics and breast health and my PhD was focused on investigating breast support implications for female recreational athletes. My main research interests are in bra fitting; breast pain; the effect of breast support on performance and health during everyday and sporting activities; women’s health and functional breast support requirements for occupational and sports- specific groups. I run industry-focused workshops on the science behind breasts and bras and lead research projects in conjunction with apparel companies in the area of breast health.


Research profile

Explore my research profile, publications and activities on the Portsmouth Research Portal

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