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AFC Wimbledon

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Job Description

AFC Wimbledon is seeking a full time Head Physiotherapist. The successful candidate will provide physiotherapy services to the first team squad including accurate assessment and diagnosis of acute injuries as well as planning and implementation of rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies. The role will be based at the club’s training ground and require attendance at every first team training session as well as match day, both home and away. Experience working in elite sport and an understanding of the level of commitment and proficiency is required.

Key goals and objectives:

  • Lead the first team therapy team, and day to day care of all first team players.

  • Provide medical cover for all first team training sessions and fixtures, ensuring availability of all necessary medical equipment to effectively manage emergencies, injury and illness.

  • Provide clinical support for all 1st team and academy staff.

  • Assessment, diagnosis and immediate management of first team player injuries.

  • Implementation of appropriate evidence-based treatment, rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies including manual therapy and exercise therapy to optimise preparation and recovery for all training and matches.

  • Organise and lead the clinical planning of all first team players rehabilitation and return-to-training pathways.

  • Lead the continuous delivery of individual and squad based injury prevention programmes based on physical screening and assessment, load monitoring and management, past injury and medical history, injury trends, fixture schedule, etc, working closely with the multi-disciplinary team.

  • Implement strategies to maximise player performance on the football field from a health and fitness perspective.

  • Plan and lead the assessment of all new player signings and loans for the club, liaising with the club doctor, and drawing up timely medical reports to submit to the board.

  • Reporting of all injuries to the manager and coaching staff daily, providing updates on rehabilitation progress and return to play timeframes.

  • Close liaison with the Club Doctor, Sports Scientists and other members of the medical multi-disciplinary team to optimise player medical care and performance.

  • Arrange appropriately justified medical imaging for concerning injuries after liaising with the club doctor to ensure appropriate investigation and management plans.

  • Arrange consultations with internal and external medical professionals when necessary following discussion with the club doctor.

  • Attend external appointments with players regarding their ongoing medical management as and when required.

  • Medical budget management in liaison with the club doctor and club board of directors.

  • Portray a professional image on behalf of AFC Wimbledon.

  • Assist the club media team with injury updates where required and appropriate.

  • Travel with the 1st team squad as and when required including in pre-season.

  • In liaison with the club secretary, be responsible for the FA Whereabouts Anti-Doping program and schedule.

  • Complete all administrative tasks relevant to the position.

Governance and audit

  • Ensure contemporaneous, comprehensive and confidential medical record keeping for all professional players on the club’s electronic medical record system.

  • Record and produce quarterly reports of player availability and injury audit, including comparison of estimated and actual time loss, to enable formal continuous reflective practice-based quality improvement.

  • Ensure all club medical management protocols, including but not limited to: injury surveillance, cardiac screening, anti-doping, concussion management, emergency medical and injury action plans, infection control, and medical care plans for individuals with chronic diseases, are up to date and adhered to at all times, working with the club doctor, operations director, and health and safety officer as appropriate, to formulate, review and implement these as required.

CPD, teaching and research

  • Ensure HPC requirements for CPD and appraisal are met.

  • Supervise and support interns and students on an ongoing basis.

  • Lead in-house teaching and training opportunities for sport science and medicine staff in the professional and age group teams.

  • Proactively educate players on health and lifestyle factors that serve to protect their health and maximise performance.

  • Participate in appropriate research projects that the club has a track record in participating in.

How to apply

Interested applicants should in the first instance apply with a covering letter and details of salary expectations to John Stanley, Club Secretary.

Job Detail

Job TypeFull time
Salary£45000 - 50000


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