Physios in Sport

The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine

  • Head of Academy Football Science & Medicine - Hibernian Football Club, Closing 31st March

    We are looking to recruit an experienced, committed, knowledgeable and highly motivated physiotherapist to undertake the full-time role of Head of Academy Football Science & Medicine. The successful candidate will have experience working within performance sport and will have a clear understanding of athletic development in the adolescent football player.

    Reporting in the first instance to the Head of Football Science and Medicine the post holder will have a specific responsibility, as part of the academy management team, leading the design, planning and delivery of a cohesive systematic provision of sports medicine and science across all aspects of the academy football operation, ensuring that the department attains all criteria for Academy status as part of ‘Project Brave.’ Alongside a lead clinical role in the provision of physiotherapy services to the development squad, you will also support the delivery to the 1st Team and oversee the Academy physiotherapy service.

    In conjunction with colleagues from the Performance Department you will work to ensure that players at all levels of the academy are appropriately supported to optimise their performance in training and competition.


    Qualifications (Essential):

    BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (2:1 min)

    MSc in Strength & Conditioning, Sport Physiotherapy, Sports & Exercise Medicine or equivalent (at the latest to be completed by the end of 2017 academic year)

    AREA First Aid Qualification/Equivalent

    CSP/HCPC Registered

    Qualifications/Training (Desirable):

    Membership of ACPSEM (Bronze, Silver or Gold)

    AACP Accredited

    Sports Massage/Soft Tissue Therapy Qualification(s)/Skills

    IASTM Trained/Skills

    Demonstrate an understanding of kinetic control principles.

    If you are interested in the role, please contact for a more detailed job description.

    Please apply with a covering letter (no more than 1 side of A4) stating your reasons for applying and the unique qualities you can bring to the role. In addition, please include an up-to-date CV (no more than 2 sides of A4).

    Please send your application to by 1pm on Friday 31st March 2017.

    Only applicants short listed for interview will be contacted.

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  • Chartered Physiotherapist – Casual - Manchester United Foundation - Closing 9th April

    We have an exciting new opportunity for the casual position of a Physiotherapist within our Regional Talent Club. The main responsibility of this role will be to deliver physiotherapy services to all players involved in the Girls’ Regional Talent Club.  Promote and protect the health and wellbeing of all girls within the centre.  Work within the Code of Conduct and Good Practice of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

    The successful candidate will have relevant experience. With a keen interest in sport, the candidate should possess a dynamic personality, excellent communication skills with the ability to work with key partners and to develop good relationships with players, parents and delivery staff. Applicant will have a Current Physiotherapy Degree and the Basic First Aid for Sport Certificate.

    Due to this post being in regulated activity, the potential employee will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check at the appropriate level. It is a criminal offence for a barred person to attempt to engage with vulnerable groups.

    To apply, please click here

     “Manchester United Foundation is an Equal Opportunities Employer and recognises the importance of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in our work place.”

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  • Part-Time Physiotherapist - Athletics - Closing 30th April

    Momentum Sports is an athletics coaching company that has been in existence for 17 years.

    We are looking for a motivated experienced sports physiotherapist, ideally with a background in athletics or elite sport, to continue the rapid expansion we have experienced in the last few years, to work at Kingsmeadow Stadium in Kingston-upon-Thames with our group of experienced athletes.

    The successful applicant will be working with all the athletes we currently coach, with particular concentration on the most elite ones - with, where possible, the emphasis being on the prevention of future injuries, as opposed to treating athletes after they've become injured. This involves working within a team of coaches, sports masseurs and athletes to try to ensure the best possible outcomes and elite level performances.

    Generally, the sessions take place on a Tuesday and Thursday evening (6.30 - 8.30) - but there is scope for more hours work in the course of the week as we continue to grow.

    Pay will be based upon experience and further qualifications. If you require more information, please just ask.

    This is an opportunity to work with some very dedicated athletes in the sporting arena with a team of highly experienced athletics coaches.

    Job Type: Part-time

    To apply please send your CV to

  • Physiotherapist - Boathouse Physiotherapy Ltd, Berkshire - Closing 30th April

    Boathouse Physiotherapy Ltd has an opportunity for an experienced self-employed physiotherapist to join our highly professional and very busy team for 3 days per week in the lovely riverside setting of Pangbourne Berkshire

    We are a busy well established clinic, within a GP surgery with NHS physiotherapy care and also receive referrals from all major insurance providers. This means our Physiotherapists treat a diverse and exciting variety of patients.

    The ideal Physiotherapist will be self-motivated, hardworking and organised, with a passion for providing high quality clinical care within our team.

    Applicants must be qualified for at least five years and ideally have three years of MSK experience. We have a well-established CPD programme available and excellent remuneration.

    You will be expected to use electronic notes and ideally we would require

    Qualification and registration as a chartered physiotherapist
    HCPC and CSP registration
    Flexibility towards work schedules and holiday cover
    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
    Experience treating MSK conditions and sports injuries

    Qualification in Acupuncture and AACP registered

    Hours may be flexible on further discussion. Ideally, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

    Due to the requirements of this role and the responsibilities assigned to the post holder, successful applicants will undergo a screening process that will include an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure.

    For more information call 0118 976 7189. To apply please send CV to:

  • Blog - Using Strength and Conditioning in Physiotherapy by Emily Drakes

    Using strength and conditioning in Physiotherapy

    My interest in strength and conditioning started after watching an evening lecture from Raphael Brandon. I was intrigued by the theory behind exercise prescription and as physiotherapy seemed to be moving more and more towards exercise as the mainstay of treatment, as seen in the recent NICE guidelines for low back pain1, this seemed like the right path to follow.

    For those of you lucky enough to work with S&C coaches you will have them on hand to guide exercise prescription. However for most of us working in physiotherapy teams, having more of an S&C background can offer valuable insight into the best way to strengthen and prepare a patient for their activities whether that is a seasoned marathon runner or a stay at home parent with children to carry.

    It has been refreshing in learning about S&C to put injuries to one side and focus on the most effective way to plan an exercise programme. Many physiotherapist’s are preoccupied with making an exercise look like the movement or sport they are trying to rehabilitate their patient to i.e. giving a patient who plays football a ball to use in an exercise. However when if you break down the amount of time a footballer spends with a ball over 90mins it amounts to 90s2! The rest of the time is spent running, changing direction and jostling for the ball. Obviously a lot of the time a footballer is training involves a ball but unless you break it down in to the components of a skill you have no overload. This is what S&C essentially comes down to, ensuring specific adaptations to imposed demands. We need to understand the way a force is developed in the sport/activity we are interested in and in the exercise we are choosing to prescribe to get the desired outcome.

    There are some general principles that I now use daily that are key to exercise prescription. Firstly a needs analysis, which is something we all do to some extent but it formalises the process of deciding where a person is dysfunctional for the activity they are struggling with. This is outlined in the diagram below:

    Once you’ve specified the activity and what one would need to perform that successfully/pain free then you would look at the gap between the person in front of you vs. the ideal attributes they need. Once you know this targeting their exercise should be much easier.

    The needs analysis and the selection of exercises both incorporate the principle of dynamic correspondence described by Siff and Verkoshansky3. This is a guide on the different aspects of the activity to consider and how the exercise you are choosing will correlate to it.

    Unless you are doing the exercise itself i.e. kicking a ball you are not going to be 100% specific, however as discussed above in order to overload the components you need to break it down into parts. We will use the example of squatting and sprint ability in football:

    There are 5 key aspects to consider:

    Amplitude and direction of movement

    This is the most familiar principle in that we are looking at the direction of force relative to the performed movement.

    The squat does not look like a sprint however the lower limb movement of the hip, knee and ankle triple extension on the ascent on the squat is similar.

    The transmission of force from a flexed position to full extension in the squat is similar to the explosive action a footballer will need to perform when starting to sprint.

    Rate and time of peak force production

    The peak rate of force production of a footballer sprinting is within 100 – 200 ms4 and for a squat is 300ms5 therefore it may not be as fast as it needs to be, however you may choose to use a lighter load at performed at maximum speed to improve this. It has been seen that 40-50% of 1RM achieves peak velocity and power in a squat.

    Dynamics of effort (whether a concentric max effort or eccentric slow effort is desired for each lift)

    The training stimulus and effort needs to be greater than the sporting skill or activity we are training for, which in a heavy weighted squat certainly would be for sprinting over 30m. Peak power for the concentric phase of a squat is 4000W5 and for sprinting it’s 1200W4 in the propulsion phase.

    Accentuated region of force development (Joint angle specificity)

    The squat will yield a greater range of movement than the sprinting motion meaning that you are overloading the skill by creating greater strength in a larger range of movement. It has been seen that in football players accelerating the knee angle averages at 89 degrees6, which correlates well with a parallel squat (90 degrees).

    Regime of muscular work (Type of muscle action)

    For a squat the initial phase is eccentric action of the quadriceps and glutes then concentric extension on the ascent of the glutes, quadriceps and hamstrings. In a sprint the initial movement to overcome inertia is concentric which corresponds with the ascent phase of the squat. The top speed running of a footballer will involve the glutes, hamstrings and quadriceps moving from concentric to eccentric muscle action, as does the squat7.

    The greater power needed through the triple extension phase of the squat achieves greater motor recruitment which is thought to be one of the reasons a squat correlates so well with sprint speed in soccer players as the athlete is able to use more of the motor units to generate max speed8.

    This was a brief illustration of how strength and conditioning principles can be used to look deeper into the activity or sport you are looking to achieve with a patient. It has certainly highlighted to me over my degree so far that there is a lot more to train than what a movement looks like which can help you prepare your patient or athlete in a more well rounded way for their sport.


    1. Bradley, Sheldon, Wooster, Olsen, Boanas & Krustrup (2009) High-intensity running in English FA Premier League soccer matches, Journal of Sports Sciences, 27:2, 159-168
    2. Siff,MC. (2003) Supertraining(6thEd).Denver,CO:Supertraining Institute
    3. Plisk,SS.Speed,agility,andspeed-endurancedevelopment. In: Baechle, TR, and Earle, RW (Eds.), Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning (3rd Edition). Champaign IL: Human Kinetics; 457-485, 2008.
    4. Nummela, Rusko and Mero (1994). EMG activities and ground reaction forces during fatigued and non fatigued sprinting. Medicine and science in sports and exercise 22(2) 605-609
    5. Zink, Perry, Robertson, Roach and Signorile (2006). Peak power, Ground Reaction Forces and Velocity During the Squat Exercise Performed at Different Loads. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 20(3), 658–664
    6. Spinks, Murphy, Spinks and Lockie (2007) The Effects of Resisted Sprint Training and Acceleration Performance and Kinematics in Soccer, Rugby Union and Australian Football Players Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 21(1), 77-85
    7. Wisloff,U,Castagna,C,Helgerud,J,Jones,R,andHoff, J. Strong correlation of maximal squat strength with sprint performance and vertical jump height in elite soccer players. British Journal of Sports Medicine 38(3): 285-288, 2004.
    8. Markovic, Jukic, Milanovic and Metikos (2007) Effects of Sprint and Plyometric Trianing on Muscle Function and Athletic Performance Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 21(2), 543-549.
  • Alliance Medical Confirmed as Gold Exhibitor for The 2nd World Conference on Sports Physical Therapy - Optimal Loading in Sport.

    "Alliance Medical Diagnostic Imaging are delighted to be a gold exhibitor for The 2nd World Conference on Sports Physical Therapy- Optimal Loading in Sport, taking place at the iconic Titanic venue in Belfast 6th – 7th October 2017. We specialize in MRI, CT, PET CT, DXA, X-ray & Ultrasound scans. At Alliance Medical we are committed to delivering fast access to medical scans with high quality diagnostic care at affordable prices."

    Alliance Medical is Europe’s leading provider of outsourced Diagnostic Imaging across Europe. In Ireland, we are headquartered in Limerick and have 20 clinical locations throughout the country, including Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast.

    We invest heavily in our technology and our people to ensure we recruit, train and retain a highly qualified and competent team. Our radiographers are among the best specialists in Europe. Our radiologists are accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

    Alliance Medical is committed to providing patients with high quality, efficient, affordable diagnostic imaging which is reported by local Consultant Radiologists. We partner with all of the leading Private Health insurance companies to deliver our services to your patients seamlessly.

    For more information on Alliance Medical visit

    For further information on ‘The 2nd World Conference on Sports Physical Therapy’ please click here

  • CSP Membership Review. URGENT Response needed

    Dear Members

    Please read the following documents Membership Review QA for Council FINAL - March 17,  MAR17 Paper 03 Membership Review with the highest priority and we strongly recommend you reply to Phil Hulse  and Rob Yeldham via the CSP enquiries team with your comments regarding the proposed changes to CSP membership.

    In particular please note page 17 (Affliliated member regulations – 1.2 c ) and  Section 8.4 Affliiates and appendix E

    A few points to note:

    Confusion for the public e.g. Sports therapists documenting they are a member of the CSP

    Why only name massage therapists and sports therapist and not any other healthcare professional?

    Physiotherapy managers who are not physios being able to join

    Page 7 diluting of profession, confusing the public, allowing an affiliate category

    Confusion within the members for voting rights

    Cost implication and money generation

    Thank you

    ACPSEM Committee

  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist - The Regency Clinic, Cheltenham - Closing 28th April

    We are looking for a motivated Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist to join our friendly team. The Regency Clinic is a multidisciplinary practice, housing physiotherapists, chiropractors, sports therapists, an osteopath, Pilates/yoga instructors, podiatrist/chiropodist, and others. We have an in-house x-ray machine, and our podiatrist operates a portable diagnostic ultrasound machine for quick diagnosis where needed. Our clinical ethos is based on finding the root cause of symptoms to provide long term relief and promote healthy living.

    The role is offered on a self-employed, part-time basis with around 20-30 hours a week (covering day, evening and Saturday morning hours). Full admin support is provided for booking and billing of patients.

    The right candidate must have previous experience working in private practice and possess solid clinical reasoning and manual therapy skills.  They must have current HCPC registration and a minimum of 4 years post graduate experience, including a good level of post graduate training.  Experience with running injuries would be desirable to take over a well-established workload, but not essential.

    Work duties include:
    Delivery high quality care to patients and monitoring standards
    Accurate recording and maintenance of clinical records
    CPD compliance as per CSP standards
    Referral of patients to local specialists, and/or imaging centre (where applicable)

    Start Date: 18th April  2017

    Please send your CV and covering letter to Fru Grace, or call 01242 222111 for further information.

  • Chartered Physiotherapist - Five Valleys Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic, Stroud, Gloucestershire

    We are looking for a dynamic and motivated Physiotherapist/Sports Physiotherapist for our new satellite clinic in Gloucester.  You will be amongst a team of highly skilled therapists providing assessments and treatment to a wide range of people including elite sports men and women.

    Essential Requirements:

    Have a minimum of 3 years post graduate experience with at least 2 years in a musculo-skeletal setting.

    Demonstrate ADVANCED clinical skills to provide a high-level of clinical service

    Knowledge and experience should be underpinned with extensive post graduate training

    Demonstrate a strong use of manual therapy

    To be driven in delivering a gold standard service

    Flexibility to work days and evenings and Saturdays


    Registered with the AACP

    Have a sports massage qualification

    A post graduate qualification would be beneficial

    Hours Required: 12-16 hrs per week

    Start Date: April 2017


    Five Valleys Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 4UB

    Anyone interested should send a covering letter and CV to or you can ring the clinic on 01453 755948 for further information.

    Closing date: Rolling interviews will be given for successful candidates meeting our selection criteria.

  • Ironman - Sports Masseurs Required - Closing 1st April

    ‘IRONMAN is the No.1 user-based sports brand in the world and has been a respected name in triathlon since its inception in 1978.’

    We are looking for enthusiastic sports masseurs to support the Ironman UK & Ireland Tour for 2107 for any of the following dates:

    Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire: Sunday 18th June
    Ironman 70.3 UK Exmoor: Sunday 25th June
    Ironman UK Bolton: Sunday 16th July
    Ironman Wales: Sunday 10th Sept
    Ironman 70.3 Weymouth: Sunday 17th Septome

    We welcome qualified therapists qualified or studying; sports therapy, sports massage, physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic's or holistic
    therapy to work in teams providing post race massage to the athletes.

    Payment for time and up to 10 CPD accredited hours are available,
    with the opportunity to experience and enjoy the Ironman experience with spectators and staff.

    Experience in post event sports massage
    Equipped with massage table, towels and mediums
    A understanding of triathlons (not essential)

    Opportunity to earn further income on Friday and Saturday prior to the
    main event is also available, please enquire for further details.

    For more information contact:

    Massage Team Leader: Miss Caroline Storey
    Tel: 07840064132

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