Nicki Cooke, Principal Therapist

Our Principal Therapist, Nicki Cooke
Our Principal Therapist,
Nicki Cooke

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Remedial Massage
  • Diploma of Sports Injury Therapies
  • Certificates in Functional Assessment
  • Level II Sports Trainer
  • Lower Limb Mechanics Level One
  • Onsen Therapy Volume One
  • Cancer Massage and More
  • Natural Fertility Management
  • Level One Lymphatic Drainage
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Advanced First Aid
  • Sports First Aid
  • Remote Area First Aid
  • Accredited Cricket Australia Coach
  • Professional Member, Sports Medicine Australia
  • Professional Member, Australian Traditional Medicine Society
  • Professional Plus Member, Massage Australia
  • In continuous practice since 1995
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Nicki’s interests

Blowfly Cricket

As Inaugural President of a new brand of cricket for kids with disability, Nicki developed health and first aid policy, and liaised with Cricket NSW.

Blind Cricket

As an accredited Cricket Australia Coach, Nicki has worked with the Aussie Blind Cricket Team and both the NSW and ACT Blind Cricket Teams. She has also worked as Team Therapist and Trainer.
In 2008 she was on the organising committee which hosted the Inaugural Australian Blind Cricket Ashes, and acted as Team Therapist for Australia. She also acted as Tournament Therapist for the 2010 Nationals in Sydney.

Nicki and Richie Benaud
Patron of the Inaugural Australian Blind Cricket Ashes 2008 Tour, Richie Benaud, meets Nicki Cooke

Wheelchair Sport

Since 1998 Nicki has provided remedial massage, sports injury therapy and first response to athletes with disability. With experience at Olympic, Paralympic and World Cup level, Nicki has also travelled to Paris for the French Open (Wheelchair) Tennis, and worked with the WheelBlacks & Australian Steelers at International level.

Rehabilitation

The last 20% of recovery from injury, accident or illness takes 80% of the time and effort. It is challenging for therapists and frustrating for clients. Often a cheerful word and a fun approach to rehab helps to change mindsets and break down psychological barriers to progress. Research in neuroplasticity cause and effect has resulted in significant improvements for clients.

Masters Sport

Working with Masters Athletes requires a lateral approach, and Nicki feels that athletes at elite level in Masters sport have the most to gain from her experience. Usually therapists aspire to work with young elite athletes so Masters is an area with a paucity of therapy options. Thus she has found a willing and motivated group.

Nicki at the Indoor Cricket Masters World Series, 2010
Nicki at the Indoor Cricket Masters World Series, 2010

Indoor Cricket

Both N.Z. and Australia have benefited from Nicki’s care. In South Africa in 2011, for Opens, and Masters Gold Coast for Australia, the teams under her watchful eye made a clean sweep of all 5 grades.
The N.Z. teams at Masters level took bronze, silver and gold in South Africa in 2013, and their Over 40 Men’s Team took Silver in the 2015 Australian Masters Championships.

Testimonials

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I had not slept for 3 months

After suffering back problems since I was 12 (over 15 years) and going through the usual drama of GP to physiotherapist and back to heavy duty painkillers, I was at the point where I was considering surgery and possibly unable to carry my own children while pregnant. I had not Continue Reading

Lauren O. Sydney 14/02/2015

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