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Emma O'Loughlin image 2021BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy

Current roles

  • Lecturer, Surgery and Anaesthesia
  • PhD Candidate, Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ), AUT
  • Clinical Partner, ACC

Research expertise

  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament
  • The Female Athlete


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.

Contact details

Department of Surgery & Anaesthesia
Te Tari Hāparapara, Te Tari Whāomoomo
University of Otago, Wellington
PO Box 7343
Wellington South



O'Loughlin, E., Reid, D., & Sims, S. (2023). The role of menstrual cycle phase-based resistance training for women post anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: A scoping review. Physical Therapy Reviews. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2023.2266320 Journal - Research Article

O'Loughlin, E., Reid, D., Sims, S., & Larsen, P. (2023). The effect of menstrual cycle phase-based rehabilitation for women following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: A randomised controlled trial. Proceedings of the New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association (NZMPA) Biennial Conference. (pp. 30). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

O'Loughlin, E., Reid, D., & Sims, S. (2023). The development of a menstrual cycle phase-based rehabilitation programme for women post-anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: A focus group study. New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine, 49(2), 44-55. Journal - Research Article

Helu, T., O'Loughlin, E., Paraneetharan, T., Larsen, P., & Popadich, A. (2023, April). Upper limb dysfunction and low physiotherapy referral rates in women following breast cancer treatment in Wellington. Poster session presented at the New Zealand Association of General Surgeons (NZAGS) Annual Scientific Meeting, Nelson, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

O'Loughlin, E., Reid, D., & Sims, S. (2023). Discussing the menstrual cycle in the sports medicine clinic: Perspectives of orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists, athletes and patients. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health, 15(1), 139-157. doi: 10.1080/2159676X.2022.2111459 Journal - Research Article

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