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Rebecca Blyth

Vestibular Physiotherapist

BHsc (Physiotherapy), MPhty (Sports Physiotherapy), PhD Candidate

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Rebecca is a physiotherapist working in the Axis Concussion Service. Outside of working at Axis, Rebecca is doing her PhD at the University of Otago on the topic of head acceleration in female football players during a purposeful header with the aim of creating concussion prevention programmes from the research.


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South Auckland born and raised, Rebecca completed her physio degree at AUT in 2015. Rebecca then worked in private practice as a musculoskeletal and sports physio for 6 years. During this time she completed her Masters in sports physiotherapy through the University of Otago, graduating with this in 2020.  During her Masters study she developed a keen interest in concussion and her Masters research project was focused on concussion in female football players. This research led to Rebecca wanting to pursue a PhD on the topic of head acceleration and concussion risk in female football players. Rebecca was lucky enough to work with our concussion physiotherapy lead, Katherine Forch at her previous clinic who helped developed her interest and skills in vestibular physiotherapy.

Rebecca has a special interest in a multi-faceted approach to concussion management, including exercise, and treating cervicogenic, visual and vestibular components. Having the combination of working clinically with concussion patients and researching in the area simultaneously is both valuable and rewarding.

Outside of work and study, Rebecca enjoys playing and watching many sports with a keen interest in football and tennis. She enjoys finding new places to eat delicious food and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Team Involvement and Achievements

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Rebecca has worked with numerous club based rugby and football teams during her physiotherapy career. She was also the Auckland Football physio for the National Womens League in 2019

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