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David Cooper



  • BHSc Physiotherapy
  • Post Grad Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Member NZ Society of Physiotherapy


David had a nomadic upbringing living in South East Asia before returning to New Zealand to finish high-school.  David moved up to Auckland from Hamilton to study physiotherapy and since qualifying has gone on to complete a Post-Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal physiotherapy (sports physio & manual therapy). 

After qualifying, David started work in private practice and helped to develop KneeCare – a specialist physiotherapy service focused on gym based rehabilitation for lower limb injuries.  David helped conduct a community based pilot study, successfully illustrating the benefits of gym based exercise for sufferers of knee pain.  Exercise prescription and gym based rehabilitation continues to be an integral part of David’s patient management. 

David has a strong focus on sports physiotherapy, working with Takapuna Rugby club for 6 years, most recently with the Premier team.  Previous involvement has been with North Harbour B’s Rugby Union, Northcote Tigers Rugby League and Harbour U-18 Rugby League.  Both in the past and at present David continues to work with a number of NZ level Basketball, Waterpolo, Track & Field and Multisport athletes.
David was an event physiotherapist at the ITU World Championships Grand Final in Auckland, 2012.  At the time he was also physiotherapist to Ivan Rana, 3 x Olympian and former triathlon World Champion.  In 2013 David was selected as physiotherapist to the Elite USA triathlon team at the ITU World Cup in Auckland. 

Areas of interest include sporting injuries, running mechanics, injury prevention, gym based rehabilitation, spinal manipulation and lower limb injuries. 

Since high-school David has also continued with his own athletic career qualifying for the Elite World Duathlon Championships in 2009 where he placed 12th.  He continues to run over 100km per week and compete in running events, recently topping the 2013 Auckland Powerade Challenge.  Meanwhile David dedicates any spare time he has to his growing family with his wife Sonya, 2 year old son Andrew, and second son due in July 2013. 

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Conditions Managed

Achilles Tendinosis
Arthritic Joints
Back Pain
Calf Strains
Fitness Goals
Fitness Programmes
Flat Feet
Frozen Shoulder
Golfers Elbow
Growing Pains
Gym Programmes
Heavy Bruising
Knee Cartilage
Knee Pain
Hand Sprains
Hip Pain
Labral Tears
Low Back Pain
Lumbar Strains
Muscle Imbalances
Muscle Strains
Neck Pain
Osgood Schlatters
Patellofemoral Pain
Patella Tendinosis
Podiatry Referrals
Postural Problems
Post Operative Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation Programmes
Rotator Cuff Strain
Running Regimes
Sacro Iliac Joint Strains
Sever's Disease
Shoulder Dislocations 
Shoulder Pain
Shoulder Instability
Sprained Ankles
Sprained Feet
Sports Injuries
Tennis Elbow
Weight Management
Wrist Sprains