Emma O’Loughlin

Emma O’Loughlin

Academic Staff Member

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Emma has experience in the areas of sports medicine, community rehabilitation, physiotherapy research and communication. Furthermore, as a clinical advisor for ACC, Emma has experience in using her physiotherapy knowledge to advise on best practice multi-disciplinary rehabilitation for injured Kiwis. 

In her spare time, Emma can be found outside exploring New Zealand’s beautiful outdoors. She is an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, skier and tramper. Emma competes in ultramarathons around New Zealand.



  • 2020 (Current), PhD Candidate, The Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ), Auckland University of Technology. Topic: The Effects of a Female-Specific Rehabilitation Programme for ACL Injuries.
  • 2013, Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy, School of Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin.

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Industry experience, affiliations and achievements

Research activity

Emma is passionate about researching exercise-based medicine, particularly researching female performance, female-specific injuries and rehabilitation, with the aim to achieve gender-equitable outcomes for patients participating in physiotherapy. 

Emma is currently researching the effects of a female-specific rehabilitation programme for those who have undergone anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction as part of her current PhD study with AUT.

Select publications

Peer-reviewed publications

  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (May 2019). Different Predictor Variables for Women and Men in Ultra-Marathon Running—The Wellington Urban Ultramarathon 2018 https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/16/10/1844.

Speaker/conference presentations

  • March 2019, March 2020. Prevention and Management of Running Injuries. Ultramarathon Sports Injury Prevention Workshop, Wellington.
  • October 2019, The Emerging Role of Technology in Community Physiotherapy. National Conference for Community Physiotherapists, Wellington.
  • November 2019, Predictor Variables for Women and Men in Ultra-Marathon Running. Sports Medicine New Zealand Conference, Dunedin.

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Tell us about your experience in the industry

Emma completed her Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 2013. She completed rotations in the areas of geriatrics, cardiac care, neurology and sports medicine in Changi General Hospital, Singapore. After leaving Singapore, she was the physiotherapist for the 3,000 mile 'Race Across America' endurance bicycle event in 2015 and 2016. Following this she continued working in sports medicine, treating skiers in the prestigious off-piste resort of Verbier, Switzerland. 

She arrived in Wellington, New Zealand in 2016. She specialised in sports medicine before helping to develop a community physiotherapy service in Access Community Health in June 2018. She currently works as a Clinical Advisor for ACC, where she provides clinical comment regarding on best practice multi-disciplinary rehabilitation for those with ACC covered injuries.

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