Physios in Sport

The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine

  • Physiotherapists (Full & Part Time) Norwich City Football Club Academy - Closing 1st December

    The Norwich City Football Club Academy is looking to recruit two Physiotherapists, one full time and one part time. The two individuals must be motivated and enthusiastic with proven experience within Physiotherapist roles. The successful individuals will be tasked with supporting our Sports Science and Medicine department and will be responsible for delivering assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries within the Academy.

    Reporting into the Lead Physiotherapist, this exciting opportunity involves working 40 hours over the course of the week for the full time position and 20 hours over the course of the week for the part time position, with responsibilities at evenings and weekends during competitive fixtures and training for both positions.

    Your experience in physiotherapy will play a key role in the following;

    Maintain high standard of medical care to all Academy players and trialists as directed by the Head of Sports Science and Medicine;

    Deliver excellent standards of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries;

    Liaise with the Head of Sports Science and Medicine and Lead Physiotherapist in the treatment Academy players;

    Communicate effectively with Sports Science and Medicine colleagues and liaise with relevant coaches with regard to injuries and player well-being;

    To ensure all training and matches is adequately covered with suitably qualified medical staff with reference to EPPP Guidelines;

    Be responsible for fully documenting injuries and maintaining confidentiality in accordance with governing body and EPPP guidelines. Additionally help maintain records of maturation, well-being and match statistics;

    In conjunction with relevant staff within the Sport Science and Medicine team, to complete phase specific profiling and assessments and use the information gathered to generate and implement injury prevention programmes to be carried out during the season; and

    Assist any other member of the Medical team at Norwich City in any role deemed appropriate.

    The role would ideally suit a candidate with the organisational skills and attention to detail to maintain an efficient working CAT 1 Academy of which aims to create an efficient environment for producing young professional football players.

    You will need to have excellent communication skills to create strong working relationships both internally and externally, with staff, parents, and suppliers. It is also essential for you to have proven experience of time management and meeting deadlines for the fast paced and exciting working environment.

    The role offers a fantastic opportunity to begin a career within the Academy at one of the most recognised Championship Football Clubs.

    To apply for the role of Academy Physiotherapist please send a copy of your CV with a covering letter to: vacancies@canaries.co.uk

  • Casual Physiotherapist Girls’ Regional Talent Club - Southampton FC - Closing 25th November

    Southampton Football Club is a Premier League club competing at the highest level of professional football with a culture, which promotes respect, unity, accountability, creativity and aspiration – this is The Southampton Way.

    We look for people with integrity, compassion and support for those around them; people who take pride in what they do with an honest approach, who embrace a challenge while also being accountable for their decisions; people who have the energy and passion to bring an innovative approach to their role and strive to be different from the rest; people with the aspiration to lead the way and become an example to others.

    At Southampton Football Club, you’ll be given the platform to work in a vibrant, intelligent and challenging work environment with the potential to develop and become the best at what you do.

    We don’t stand still, we are constantly moving forward.

    What is the role?

    You could join us in the role of Casual Physiotherapist for the Girl’s Regional Talent Club (RTC) working within the Sports Medicine Team of Girls and Women’s Football providing a first class physiotherapy and injury prevention service for our players. The role will require promotion of the health and wellbeing of the players to maximise their performance. You will facilitate the best methods of injury prevention, care and advice and minimise recovery time during injury rehabilitation to enable the elite players to optimise their performance.

    This opportunity will involve you providing objective assessment and treatment to all players and monitoring of all injured players. This role requires the most effective physiotherapy, in first aid and pitch side cover and collecting and maintaining clinical data collection.

    What are we looking for?

    We are looking for an experienced, ambitious, hardworking individual who will actively contribute to the department. The successful candidate will be required to assess, treat and rehabilitate the players. You will need to work well within a team, have exceptional communication skills, can organise with attention to detail and can work well under pressure. We are also looking for a candidate who is willing to learn, develop and work with their colleagues to progress the department forward.

    Essential Experience:
    Evidence of Continual Professional Development in physiotherapy and sports medicine.
    Capable to diagnosis and treat acute injuries.
    Knowledge and understanding of youth player musculoskeletal development.

    Desired Experience:
    Experience in high performance sports environments.
    Understanding of the FA girls & women’s player pathway.
    Experience of working within youth football.
    Previous experience of working in sport.

    Essential Qualifications incl. certifications:
    Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Health Professions Council.

    Desired Qualifications incl. certifications:
    Physiotherapy degree.
    Member of special interest groups such as Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine.
    FA Advanced Resuscitation and Emergency Aid or equivalent sports trauma management course.

    Essential Skills:
    Able to work in a team environment.
    Effectively organise and prioritise own workload.
    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (team, coach and player interaction).
    Excellent time keeping, attention to detail.
    A strong work ethic and proactive attitude within the role.

    What do you get in return?

    If you are successful, you can look forward to a competitive hourly rate.

    Please be aware that a criminal disclosure and identity check will be carried out for this opportunity.

    Southampton Football Club recognises that the safety and protection of those children and young people in day to day contact with the Club is paramount. The Company is committed to creating a safe culture for all.

    Southampton Football Club is an Equal Opportunities Employer

    How to apply:

    Please click on the link below:

    Casual Physiotherapist Girls’ Regional Talent Club

  • Part Time Physiotherapists - Performance Physiotherapy Ltd (South Wales) - Closing 1st December

    Due to ongoing expansion, Performance Physiotherapy Ltd are looking to recruit physiotherapists with a good background in sports/MSK physiotherapy to join its growing team.

    We require suitably qualified physiotherapists to cover a range of clinic work including sports injury, occupational health and primary care settings. Opportunities for both daytime and/or evening and weekend work exist, with flexible working ours to suit individual needs. Good rates of pay with support for CPD given, along the the potential for full time work for the right candidate in the future.

    Essential Experience:

    Minimum of 4 years post graduate clinical experience.

    Desired Experience:

    Previous experience in private practice/occupational health/sports injury management.

    Essential Qualifications/Skills:

    BSc (hons) degree in Physiotherapy

    Up to date CSP/HPC registration

    Desired Qualifications/Skills:

    Evidence of post graduate training in fields of manual therapy, rehabilitation or other relevant disciplines

    Diagnostic Ultrasound

    Shockwave Therapy

    Flexible to the requirements of the job, including working hours and areas of focus.

    Exceptional communication and organisation skills.

    For more information, please email info@performance-physiotherapy.co.uk

  • Age Grade Physiotherapist - Scarlets Rugby - Closing 27th November

    Position: Scarlets Age Grade Physiotherapist (predominantly with Under 16’s West Squad)

    Location: Training in South-west Wales and matches across wales

    Salary: £40-50 per session

    Role Type: Part time

    An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Scarlets Rugby medical team, the current Pro 12 champions. The ideal candidate will have the desire for a career in high performance sport and be committed to enhancing their skills and experiences in this area. The ideal candidate will be flexible, team orientated and a self starter with an excellent work ethic. This role will provide opportunity to be a part of the Scarlets Performance team’s ongoing CPD programme and to learn from experiences practitioners within the team. This role will could suit a newly qualified or junior physiotherapist with a passion for sports medicine.

    Roles:

    Provide physiotherapy provision to the Scarlets Regional Age Grade teams, particularly the Under 16’s West squad during training and matches

    Assist in the delivery of movement competency and athlete preparation programmes to the Scarlets Under 16’s west squads

    Assist the Head Academy Physiotherapist with physiotherapy provision to other regional squads and academy players as required

    Communicate effectively with Scarlets Age Grade & Academy coaches, players, parents and other members of the Scarlets High Performance Department in the provision of care to age grade and academy players

    Work closely with the Under 16’s West Strength and Conditioning coach and the other members of the performance team across the Scarlets structure to implement injury prevention programmes

    Maintain timely and accurate medical records in accordance with legislation

    Job requirements:
    Essential:

    BSc Hons degree in Physiotherapy

    HPC and CSP registration

    A current sports trauma qualification - level 2 immediate care in rugby qualification or equivalent.

    Evidence of seeking opportunities to gain experience in sports medicine as an undergraduate

    Evidence of commitment and dedication to a career working in high performance sport

    A desire to learn and to challenge oneself in a high pressured environment

    A high level of professionalism at all times must be maintained

    Know when to seek assistance from more experienced practitioners

    Desirable:

    Previous experience providing physiotherapy care to a sports team

    References will be required on request.

    To apply for this exciting opportunity please send a CV and covering letter detailing relevant experience to;

    Dermot Austin, Head Academy Physiotherapist

    E Mail: dermotaustin@scarlets.wales            

    Subject: Physiotherapist Application

  • Sport Physiotherapist - Hong Kong - Closing 26th November

    The job:

    Reporting to the Sport Medicine Manager, the Sport Physiotherapist will be responsible for the following duties:

    To provide physiotherapy treatment and rehabilitation services for scholarship athletes and to provide overseas on-field support;

    To liaise with coaches, sports medicine professionals, sports scientist, strength and conditioning coaches and related personnel on athletes’ rehabilitation, injury management, and the planning of injury prevention programmes;

    To plan and conduct sports medicine related research, educational programmes for athletes and coaches; and

    To assist training and supervising junior physiotherapists and physiotherapy students.

    The requirements:

    A university degree in physiotherapy or a relevant discipline, preferably a master degree in sports physiotherapy or musculoskeletal physiotherapy;

    Must be registered by the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Board, with a minimum of 4 years’ physiotherapy or sports relevant working experience;

    Experience in managing sports injury;

    Excellent command of both spoken and written English and Chinese. Ability to speak Putonghua is a definite advantage; and

    Awareness/ knowledge of Child Protection in sport and equal opportunity issues in the context of Hong Kong are an added advantage.

    [Applicants who have responded to the previous advertisements need not re-apply. Their applications are being considered accordingly.]

    Applications:

    Please send full resume with current and expected salary, contact telephone number, email and postal addresses, and availability through  on or before 26 November 2017. Click here to apply Please quote reference no. GS-20171113-SPT in the application.

    Appointment will be on a fixed term contract. General information is available at the website http://www.hksi.org.hk.

    Applicants who are not invited for interview within six months may consider their applications unsuccessful.

    All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. Data collected will be used for recruitment and other employment-related purposes only.

    THE HKSI IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER

  • When to load and by how much? Opload Congress 2017 – 2nd World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy By Rosie Mew

    Load - When to load, How to load and by How Much - is a hot topic in the sports world, and is an ideal focus point for the 2nd World congress of Sports Physical Therapy, held in Belfast 6th - 7th October at the iconic Titanic centre.

    Conference content was extremely good. Yes, finding the coffee was a bit like qualifying for the crystal maze, and at times it was quite Physiology and science heavy -  scatter charts flashed in front of my eyes before I had time to digest their content or meaningfulness. However, the data heavy aspects were balanced out with speakers highlighting how to apply this science into practice. As clinicians, my colleagues and I regularly make decisions about loading and how to adapt and progress loading regimes. The lectures built upon my existing knowledge and helped develop greater understanding of how loading regimes are tailored to bone, muscle, ligament and tendon injuries. There was also discussion on progressed loading for “return to play”. Some clinically relevant gems included:

    Learning the benefits of a 5-6 day rest period for recovery vs a 3 day rest period

    Coping with seasonal congestion and successive demands through busy competitive periods

    Adapting loading in relation to physical and mental fatigue

    Benefits of integrating unforeseen and ever-changing load mechanisms

    Potential advantages of training for my favourite new terminology: the ‘speed vaccine’.

    If you have looked at the Physios in Sport and Exercise CPD pathway, you might wonder what some of the benefits are of progressing through to Gold level. For me, they made a huge difference to my conference experience. Having booked late and missed the early bird discount, it was brilliant to learn that “Gold members” (those with Gold level CPD) were given a conference discount, invited to a drinks reception at the spectacularly domed City Hall and to join the speakers and executive committee members for a meal afterwards. Although often uncomfortable in more formal ‘networking’ environments, I really enjoyed the opportunity to mingle and chat in a relaxed manner with the people that inspire me within our field of Sports Physiotherapy. If you need more affirmation on why to pursue Gold Membership accreditation then the surprise invite to a private gathering and glass of wine with Dame Katherine Grainger may be just that. It definitely made it worthwhile for me and was my congress highlight. Not only is she one of my all-time favourite athletes, with her dogged determination in her pursuit of that elusive gold medal and her ability to pick herself up again and again when everything suggested she should quit, but she is also able to speak eloquently and inspire a room full of people without prompts or notes and remain completely on point. Apparently she is quite good in a rowing boat too. 

    Photo: Dame Katherine Grainger and Rosie Mew

    I left the Conference with some great learning points that I am keen to put into practice. I’m  now better armed to tailoring my loading progressions to specific injuries and return to play, and also how to load optimally.

    For more information on the conference, see @opload_2017 #opload http://www.opload2017.com

    Rosie Mew works part time for EIS, British Gymnastics, England Hockey, England Athletics and in private practice in London City Centre. She was the lead Physio at London 2012 Paralympics.

     

     

  • Physiotherapist - Denstone College’s Sports Medicine Team - Closing 23rd November

    An exciting opportunity has become available for an enthusiastic physiotherapist to become an important member of Denstone College’s Sports Medicine team for the 17/18 academic year.

    We are looking for an experienced individual with relevant qualifications, who will enhance our existing Performance Team. This is an opportunity for the right candidate to work in a multi-sport environment.

    The individual appointed will assist the medical department mainly with soft tissue treatments and rehab sessions but will also assist with injury assessment, treatment, injury prevention, and screening protocols.

    Your primary location will be Denstone College in Staffordshire. However, you may also be required to travel to away matches with the various sports teams, and accompany injured players when attending medical appointments. The role involves working some unsociable hours, including working weekends.
    Key Responsibilities

    To be directly responsible for the development and delivery of musculoskeletal care for all injured students

    To undertake substantial clinical case-load to a high professional standard on all training and match days.

    Organisation of Youth Development Phase & Foundation Phase screening as part of the process to aid the reduction of injury risks

    Be the direct point of contact for players reporting injury

    Prescription of all individual prehab and rehab programmes based on injury history, pre-season screening and contemporary evidence on injuries within respective sports

    To communicate and advise on injury management to all relevant coaching and performance staff

    To develop and implement muscle screening and prehab schedules in line with strength and conditioning regimes.

    To work in close conjunction with the performance staff regarding monitoring, recovery, scheduling, and movement preparation to ensure optimal performance of all squads

    Liaise with professional teams regarding welfare of contracted players within the school

    Maintenance of medical database to track all squad members’ injury status and ensure communication within the department and College. In addition, regular analysis of injury epidemiology, aetiology, and recurrence.

    Delivery of annual medical summaries for players progressing through age groups or moving between clubs to encourage development of best practice.

    Prepare and submit monthly reports for the Board, providing detailed updates on the status of all injured players

    Essential requirements

    A BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy

    Member of the CSP or equivalent insurance provider

    Registration with relevant governing body.

    Pitch side qualification

    2 or more years experience in a similar role

    Ideal Requirements

    A post-graduate qualification in a related discipline, or in progress

    Previous experience of working with elite young athletes

    Good understanding of growth & maturation and its implications on the development of athletes

    Please apply by submitting your CV, together with a covering letter and 2 professional references, via email to Tommy Williams, Director of Sport, at twilliams@denstonecollege.net. Closing date for applications is Thursday 23rd of October at 13.00 pm.

  • Assistant Academy U18 Physiotherapist - Southampton FC - Closing 24th November

    Permanent – full time – competitive salary – based in Southampton

    Southampton Football Club is a Premier League club competing at the highest level of professional football with a culture which promotes respect, unity, accountability, creativity and aspiration – this is The Southampton Way.

    We look for people with integrity, compassion and support for those around them; people who take pride in what they do with an honest approach, who embrace a challenge while also being accountable for their decisions; people who have the energy and passion to bring an innovative approach to their role and strive to be different from the rest; people with the aspiration to lead the way and become an example to others.

    At Southampton Football Club you’ll be given the platform to work in a vibrant, intelligent and challenging work environment with the potential to develop and become the best at what you do.

    We don’t stand still, we are constantly moving forward.

    What is the role?

    We have a fantastic opportunity to join our progressive Sports Medicine and Science interdisciplinary team as Assistant Academy U18 Physiotherapist, promoting the health and wellbeing of the players. The role will assist in providing a first class physiotherapy and injury prevention service to all professional development phase players and include the organisation, development and implementation of the best methods of injury prevention, performance enhancement, rehabilitation, care and advice.

    This opportunity will involve you supporting our Academy U18 Physiotherapist to provide objective assessment and treatment to all players and support the SFC injury prevention strategy and monitoring of all injured players. This role requires the most effective physiotherapy, assisting and leading in first aid and pitch side cover and assisting in the clinical data collection while also working closely with the Sports Science staff to ensure integration for all strength & conditioning programmes.

    In addition you will actively contribute in the creation of a medicine and science department that is viewed as a centre of excellence in injury & illness prevention, injury management and cutting edge medical and science research and development.

    What are we looking for?

    We are looking for an experienced, ambitious, hardworking individual who will actively contribute to the department. The successful candidate will have experience of working in both men’s and women’s football and have delivered high-level presentations to academic groups on an international level. You will need to work well within a strong team of medical professionals, have exceptional communication skills, can organise with attention to detail and can work well under pressure. We are also looking for a candidate who is willing to learn, develop and work with their colleagues to progress the department forward.

    Essential Experience:
    Knowledge of movement dysfunction analysis and intervention.
    Experience working within a MDT Department and liaising with other medical staff and managing a patient list.
    Previous experience working as a physiotherapist in a professional football club and experience in working in an interdisciplinary sports science and medical team.

    Desired Experience:
    Knowledge and experience in delivering and planning effective methods of injury prevention and aiding performance enhancement.
    Experience of working as a band 6 (Senior II or I) in an out-patients’ department for a minimum 12 months.
    Experience in girls/women’s football.

    Essential Qualifications incl. certifications:
    CSP/HCPC registered.

    Desired qualifications incl. certifications
    Up to date ATMMiF or AREA qualification.
    Sports Massage.
    Acupuncture.
    Demonstrate an understanding of kinetic control principles.
    Working towards or have aspirations of working towards an MSc

    Essential Skills:
    Good knowledge and experience of manual therapy skills.
    Knowledge in injury prevention methods and recovery strategies.
    A passion for exceptional customer service and satisfaction.
    Can work well within a team environment.
    Exceptional communication skills.
    Efficient and organised with excellent time management skills, working to tight deadlines.
    Flexible to the requirements of the job, including working hours and areas of focus.
    Exceptional organisation skills.
    IT literate - can use Word, Excel and PowerPoint to an Intermediate level as a minimum.
    Quality focus – takes responsibility for ensuring a high quality of work.
    Drive and Energy – demonstrates enthusiasm and is personally committed to achieving objectives set.

    Desired Skills:
    Desire for self-improvement and continuous professional development.
    Ability and enthusiasm to instruct, teach, share knowledge and be a resource for all staff members.
    Interest in contributing to current research projects.

    What do you get in return?

    If you are successful you can look forward to a healthy benefits package;
    A salary of up to £28,560 depending on experience.
    Two Season Tickets.
    22 day’s holiday.
    Life Assurance Cover of 2x salary.
    Contributory Pension Scheme of up to 3%.
    Private Medical Insurance Scheme.
    Worldwide travel insurance.
    Child Care Vouchers.
    Free onsite parking.
    Discounted Southampton Football Club merchandise.

    Please be aware that an Enhanced criminal disclosure and identity check will be carried out for this opportunity.

    If you are keen to undertake a new exciting challenge, please click this link. www.saintsfc.co.uk 

    Southampton Football Club recognises that the safety and protection of those children and young people in day to day contact with the Club is paramount. The Company is committed to creating a safe culture for all.

    Southampton Football Club is an Equal Opportunities Employer

  • ACPSEM Soft Tissue Techniques - Blog by @vikki_mills80 and @physiofaith

    The ACPSEM hosted a 2 part soft tissue techniques course aimed at practicing clinicians in sports medicine to equip them with the hands on skills necessary for soft tissue management.  The course was held over 2 weekends, 6 weeks apart with completion of all 4 days which included the submission of a case study.

    There are many schools of thought emerging in sports and exercise medicine which question the use of what is often termed ‘hands on’ physiotherapy, specifically massage or soft tissue mobilisation. As physiotherapists working in elite sports settings, the thought of completing a day with-out utilising ‘hands on’ techniques in some capacity is for us, impossible to imagine, let alone our athletes. However, despite being an integral part of our day to day routines, could either of us recall ever having any formal training on ‘massage’? The answer was no!

    We highlight several examples of how this has changed our practice and thought processes to justify the use of massage as part of our clinical tool kit.

    Evidence base

    During the course we explored the evidence base behind sports massage, and discussed the justifications we articulated to our clients. It became quickly apparent that we were missing several fundamental reasons for using massage, with most attendees noting blood flow improvement as the main justification. We were exposed to many other reasons, including the positive impact of wellbeing, biomechanical, physiological, neurological and psychological effects (Moraska 2007).

    Practical skills

    The content of this course was highly practical, allowing us to develop our techniques and gain feedback from both tutors and peers. Evidence has suggested that differences in practitioners’ proficiency affect the effectiveness of massage (Donozama et al 2010). Therefore, handling and optimising patient position was fundamental to the effectiveness of not only the treatment but the wellbeing and comfort of the therapist.

    Technical skills gained included a detailed breakdown of individual massage technique in part 1, with further study and practice of more advanced skills involving tool assisted soft tissue release techniques, cupping and myofascial release in part 2. Development of massage techniques and application over the entire 4 days addressed specific soft tissue dysfunction, which included muscular imbalances, trigger point development and altered motor patterns.

    Lecturers

    To host a course for 4 days to teach fundamental skills to clinicians already practicing in the sporting environment is no easy feat, yet Colin Paterson and Ros Cooke managed to pull this off. Their knowledge, skills and experience in addition to their enthusiasm made for an engaging and enjoyable learning experience.

    For any clinician embarking on the ACPSEM CPD pathway it is compulsory that they undertake and evidence post graduate training in massage. This course provides an opportunity for any practicing clinician to challenge their current knowledge and practice. The theory and content challenged thoughts, beliefs and existing skills. We now feel better equipped to justify, articulate and carry out soft tissue techniques as a treatment modality.

    Vikki Mills BSc (HONS) MCSP HCPC ACPSEM AACP

    Vikki has been a charted physiotherapist for 15 years working in both the private and elite sport setting. Vikki divides her clinical practice between Leeds United Academy and community MSK services. Her clinical interests include paediatric lower limb biomechanics and growth related pathology.

    @vikki_mills80

    Faith Fisher-Atack BSc (HONS) MCSP HCPC ACPSEM ACPAT

    Faith is a chartered Human and Veterinary Physiotherapist and clinical director of Equine Physio Services, a physiotherapy practice specialising in equine and rider biomechanics and performance. Former Head of Sports Science and Medicine at Leeds United Academy.

    @physiofaith

    References:

    Donozama N, Shibasaki M (2010) Differences in practitioners' proficiency affect the effectiveness of massage therapy on physical and psychological states.
    Journal of bodywork and movement therapists. Volume 14 issue 3 July 2010 pages 238-245

    Moraska A (2007) Therapist education impacts the massage effect on post-race muscle recovery. Medicine and science in sport and exercise

  • LAST TWO WEEKS! CLOSING DATE for Optimal Loading Conference delegates is 18th SEPT !

    LAST TWO WEEKS! CLOSING DATE for Optimal Loading in Sport Congress bookings is 18th SEPT !

    We only have two more weeks till our Closing Date for anyone wanting to sign up to the next great conference of 2017!

    Click HERE now www.opload2017.com to check the programme, speakers & events

    DO NOT MISS OUT - no more delegate requests can be taken after this date so please so SIGN UP NOW to avoid disappointment!

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