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Health Sciences profile

Emma O’Loughlin

PositionLecturer in Musculoskeletal Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Surgery and Anaesthesia (Wellington)


I completed my BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy from Trinity College Dublin. I completed rotations in Geriatrics, General Medicine, Neurology and Sports Medicine at Changi General Hospital in Singapore before travelling to the US, where she was the physiotherapist for the 3,000-mile bicycle race ‘Race Across America’ in 2015 and 2016. I then moved to Switzerland where I worked in musculoskeletal private practice with skiers in Verbier.

I moved to New Zealand in 2017, and currently work as a clinical advisor with ACC. I am also completing a PhD on the impact of a female-specific anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction rehabilitation programme. I have a strong interest in including female participants in my research and investigating female-specific prevention, causation and management of common musculoskeletal conditions.

When I’m not working, I can usually be found running, biking or tramping in New Zealand’s backcountry.


O'Loughlin, E., Reid, D., & Sims, S. (2022). Discussing the menstrual cycle in the sports medicine clinic: Perspectives of orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists, athletes and patients. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/2159676X.2022.2111459

Oorschot, C., Mohammed, K., Austen, M., & O'Loughlin, E. (2022). Choosing Wisely: The lack of validity of ultrasound scans in the investigation of shoulder instability. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1549), 81-89. Retrieved from

O'Loughlin, E., Reid, D., & Sims, S. (2022). Is there a role for menstrual cycle phased resistance training programmes for women post anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction? A scoping review protocol. Physical Therapy Reviews, 27(3), 176-180. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2021.2017613

O'Loughlin, E., Nikolaidis, P. T., Rosemann, T., & Knechtle, B. (2019). Different predictor variables for women and men in ultra-marathon running: The Wellington Urban Ultramarathon 2018. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 16, 1844. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16101844