Merilin Sikk

MSc Sports Therapy

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Merilin Sikk is a member of the Sports Therapy team. She joined Hartpury University in February 2021. Merilin is a lecturer in sports therapy, who has background in philosophy and ethics, contributing to academic debate about moral and ethical issues in physical therapies and evidence based practice. 

Her professional work started in financial corporations, moving to project management in local authorities. This included project management of setting up and running large infrastructural projects, as well as small community projects. Merilin has also worked in emergency services and been a successful entrepreneur. Her unique background endables her to succeed in project management and academia, making a link between industry and research. 

Research interests:

- Ethical issues in sports and physical therapies, including evidence based practice

- Language use in physical therapies

- Optimal exercise load for health benefit in general population

- Embedding counselling skills into physical therapy framework

- Effect of touch on biochemcial indicators and neurobiology of affective touch


- Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics for Sports Therapists

- Sports and Exercise Professional

- Introduction to Functional Anatomy & Biomechanics

- Applied Skills for Sports Therapists (Electrotherapy modalities)

- Sports Conditioning and Return to Play

- Screening and Prevention

- Undergraduate Dissertation

Education/Academic qualification

Sports Therapy, MSc, High hamstring tendinopathy management on female triathlete, University of Gloucestershire


Award Date: 4 Oct 2021

Philosophy and Political Science, BA (Hons), Feminism and Feminist Philosophy: Perspectives on Peace and War, University of Tartu


Award Date: 6 Jun 2005

External positions

Lecturer in Sports Therapy, University of Gloucestershire

Sept 2019Feb 2021

Sports Therapist, Airbus FC


Physical Fitness Adviser, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Sept 2015May 2017

Business Owner, Merilin Sikk: Sports & Movement Therapy

May 2013Mar 2022

Soft tissue and rehabilitation therapist, RGC1404, Welsh Rugby Union (WRU)

Oct 2012Oct 2015

Project officer, Conwy County Borough Council

Aug 2008Jun 2015


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