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New Specialist – Neil Tucker

Neil is a Sports Physiotherapist from Ōtautahi. He says seeing sports people push the boundaries of what is possible and reach their goals is what he loves about being a Sports Physiotherapist. He believes that Physiotherapy can building competencies in athletes that underpin both performance and well-being.

Neil Graduated from AUT in 2001 with an under-graduate degree in Health Science (Physiotherapy). In 2004 he returned to AUT and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Post Graduate Certificate in Western Acupuncture. After completing this he attained a Masters of Health Science (First Class Honours) with a thesis on variation in active knee extension during slump test in 2006.

Following completion of his Masters degree, he took his practice around the world and had the opportunity to work in one of the world’s leading sports medicine practices with Orthopaedic Surgeons, Sports Physicians and Physiotherapists from multiple countries. This experience and the exposure to different models of clinical practice and skill sets was instrumental in the development of his flexibility in thinking and clinical reasoning.

Neil has worked in professional rugby since 2008. In Ireland he worked with Munster Rugby (2008-2011). In 2012 he had the opportunity to tour with the Irish National Rugby Team. Since 2013 Christchurch has been home, and he continues his work in professional Rugby with the Crusaders and Canterbury Rugby Union. In 2021 Neil was the Lead Physiotherapist for the Fijian National teams tour of New Zealand. He also provides consultation to other athletes and sporting organizations in the management and rehabilitation of long-term injuries and complex soft tissue injury.

Currently Neil works on the Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy New Zealand (SEPNZ) Education Committee. From 2012-2017 he worked as the external moderator for the AUT and Otago University Post Graduate Musculoskeletal programs on behalf of International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).

As a Specialist Physiotherapist Neil is looking forward to the opportunity of growing the next generation of Sports Physiotherapists in New Zealand.