After spending so much time playing sport (and recovering from the subsequent injuries), Libby became interested in how the human body works and first heard about a new profession called Exercise Physiology when she was in Year 9.
When she discovered that Exercise Physiology was similar to Physiotherapy but involved applying principles of anatomy and biomechanics into specific exercises to prevent and treat injuries in athletes, Libby knew straightaway that this was the career for her!
Libby graduated from university in 2016 with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science with Distinction, and went on to complete her Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2018. Her first job was in rural NSW, based in Cootamundra and involved travelling to different towns around the Riverina and Central West.
As the only Exercise Physiologist in the area, Libby was thrown in the deep end and exposed to a wide range of clinical conditions. Libby worked with patients with cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes, respiratory conditions, and even extremely rare neurological disorders.
The biggest part of Libby's work became treating military personnel and emergency service workers with chronic pain and mental health conditions, particularly PTSD. Libby realised that she could make the biggest difference as an Exercise Physiologist by learning as much as she could about chronic pain and mental health, not just how to stop athletes from getting injured.
Libby returned to Newcastle 12 months later for a better work/life balance and access to the beach.
Libby loves to stay active. It keeps her healthy, helps her to manage her pain and past injuries, and improves her mental health. Even though her sporting days are behind her, when Libby's not at work she loves getting out into nature, hiking, and exploring as much of the world as COVID allows.
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