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Karen Mooibroek

Karen Mooibroek (she/her) is an APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist with more than 20 years working with elite sports both in Australia and overseas. Completing her undergraduate physiotherapy degree at the University of Sydney and later did her Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at the Australian Institute of Sport.

During her time at the Australian Institute of Sport, Karen developed a special interest in working with gymnastics. Leading Karen to spend 7 years working with NSWIS Gymnastics and NSW Gymnastics, traveling nationally and internationally as well as working at Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Karen was then brought to London by Pure Sports Medicine and sourced out to some of the top professional teams around the UK. Following this, Karen worked with David Atkins, Choreographer and Producer of Opening and Closing Ceremonies for Asian Games. As the Head Physiotherapist for all the performing artists.

Straight after the Asian Games, Karen was then offered the opportunity to be part of the core team as a Team Leader/Senior Physiotherapist for the commissioning of Aspetar, in Doha, Qatar. Aspetar is an International Sports Medicine Centre, FIFA Centre of Medical Excellence and an International Olympic Committee Research Centre. Athletes from around the world go there for surgery and rehabilitation. It was here Karen worked for 9 years before returning to Australia for her family.

Karen really loves the challenge of getting the athletes and performers back up onto the stage! Having worked across sports from gymnastics to basketball for both Olympic and Paralympic Athletes for Australia, UK and Qatar. She is also strong advocate for people with disabilities and inclusiveness. 

With a special interest in shoulders Karen has completed a 2 year Shoulder Specialisation program at Aspetar. 

Karen likes trying new restaurants and looking for the best hummus and authentic baklava in Sydney, as a throw back to her times in the Middle East.

 

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