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Sheffield United FC

Sheffield United FC

Academy Physiotherapist (FDP/YDP)


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Posting Date

Aug 14, 2023

Role description

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Academy Physiotherapist to join our Elite Performance team and provide support to the Lead Academy Physiotherapist in the development, organisation, co-ordination and implementation of treatment and rehabilitation, medical and orthopaedic screening, health and medical education programmes for all academy players and provision of education to casual physiotherapists.
You will also assist in the development of a fully integrated sports science programme for all age-groups within the Academy U8-U21.
Role Responsibilities:

To work as part of an integrated and progressive human performance team including physiotherapists, sport scientists and conditioning coaches to optimise player physical development, performance and agility.
Assist the Lead Academy Physiotherapist in all medical/health related matters appertaining to all academy players.
Assist the Lead Academy Physiotherapist in the development, organization and implementation of treatment and rehabilitation programmes and protocols for all academy players.
Responsible for the upkeep, maintenance and security of medical records (both written and electronic) for all academy players.
Providing pitch-side medical cover for Saturday and Sunday fixtures across pre-Academy, Foundation and Youth phase age groups (U8s through to U16s).
To supervise and take responsibility for casual physiotherapists working with teams during pre-match preparation, on-field assessment and post-match treatment and medical provision when attending weekend match fixtures (U8-U16).
To assist the Lead Academy Physiotherapist in the development, organisation, coordination and provision of medical, cardiology, orthopaedic, psychological, ophthalmic, movement and postural screening programmes for all academy players.
Assist the Lead Academy Physiotherapist in the development, organisation, coordination and delivery of educational programmes for all academy players and staff.
To assist the Lead Academy Physiotherapist in the development, organization and delivery of 'in-service' training for academy staff.
Take responsibility for the implementation of any health/medical and education related briefings to staff, players and parents.
To ensure that all medical, health and educational requirements are adhered to.
Employ evidence-based practise during treatment aligned with objective return to play markers following standardised RTP pathways for key injuries.
Recording and maintaining accurate e-assessment notes, general medical notes and formulation of a Weekly Rehabilitation Plan (WRP) for injured players on PMA.
To Partake Continued Professional Development (CPD) of Sports Physiotherapy Programme, including compulsory sports trauma teaching sessions.
Work within the Standards and Competencies of a 'Sports Physiotherapist' as laid out in the departmental documentation 'International Federation of Sports Physiotherapy' (IFSP)
Any other duties as requested by line management.
To adhere to all Sheffield United Football Club's Safeguarding Policies and Procedures to foster an environment which protects from harm those defined as children and adults at risk.
To report any concerns of a Safeguarding nature to the relevant parties and remain fully compliant with any applicable Safeguarding checks and due diligence and recognise your responsibility to the Club's Safeguarding agenda.
To complete mandatory eLearning modules in relation to Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Equality and Diversity upon the request of your Line Manager.
To be an ambassador for best practice around the Club's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies, supporting the Club to create an environment which is inclusive and all-encompassing.

Essential Criteria for the role:

BSc Physiotherapy or equivalent degree.
Current registration with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) or Society of Sports
Therapists (SST) (if undergoing on the Pre-registration Physiotherapy course)
Current registration with the HCPC (Physiotherapy) or SST (Society of Sports Therapists, if undergoing on the Physiotherapy course).
Prior experience of pitch-side duties
Prior clinical experience in the musculoskeletal setting including the use of contemporary methods of injury management and functional rehabilitation as part of a return to play pathway.
Valid first aid/basic life support certificate or pitch-side qualification (ITMMiF or equivalent).

Desirable Criteria for the role:

Previous experience in working in Football.
Certificate of strapping/taping.
Previous experience of using PMA.
MSc in Physiotherapy.
Strength and Conditioning Accreditation.

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