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Olivia Cooper

Sports Therapist

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Olivia graduated from Birmingham City University this Summer 2023, with a BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree. 

After being heavily involved in sports from a young age and competing in Athletics from the age of 10, Olivia’s passion for sports never stopped with a growing interest in sport injuries and how they affect athlete performance. 


After seeing various friends and athletes within the sport suffer with injuries preventing them from competing, her interest in studying sports therapy began. She wanted to explore how she could really help people and learn about the human body to get them back to doing the things they love.  


Olivia has got experience in a variety of sports injury clinics as well as working within semi-professional football teams across all ages. 


She is passionate about getting athletes back to their full potential and loves achieving their goals, whether that be competitive or recreational. She loves helping clients understand their injuries and guide them to the best possible approach for recovery and for prevention. 

Q&A with Olivia

What is the best thing about being a sports therapist?

Knowing that your intervention and helped has made a difference whether that’s long term or short term.


What sports are you interested in?  

Athletics, Football, Running and Boxing.


What sports do you do?
I train in the gym every week - general strength and fitness. I want to get back into running again as I used to compete in athletics. Would love to start marathon training!

What is your favourite muscle and why?

Hamstring muscle, they are growing in research now in sports surrounding how we can prevent injuries to them, especially in professional sports. It can be the cause of lots of running issues especially for footballers. Even in non professional sport, many people tend to forget about training the hamstring and it is vital for hip and knee function.  


What is your favourite joint and why?

The knee joint because of how many injuries and problems we can suffer and how that can affect the way that we walk. I find it very fascinating due to all the different muscle attachment sites and the ligaments that sit inside of it. It can also lead to further issues referring to the hip and ankle. 


What is your favourite stretch for the body?

I love a good hamstring stretch whether that be lying on your back bringing your leg up to the ceiling or trying to touch your toes. It is simple and easy and applicable for everybody so everyone can feel the benefits.

Who is your favourite sportsperson at the moment and why?

Jessica Ennis Hill was my inspiration growing up and is still one of my favourite female athletes. I followed her journey from youth towards Olympic gold and to come back from having a child and conquering another Olympic medal is amazing. She is one of the reasons I got into sports. 

What are your sporting goals?

  • Start training for half marathons and then to one day complete a marathon.

  • I would love the run the London marathon!

  • To build up more strength in the gym and build my overall fitness

You are stranded on a desert island and are only allowed to have three things with you - what are they?

  • Music (radio or speaker of some sort) 

  • A hairbrush 

  • A good selection of crisps 

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