HEAD OF ACADEMY SPORT SCIENCE & MEDICINE
The Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine develops and implements the academy’s Sport Science and Medicine plan, ensuring it meets the demands of the club’s overall strategy for developing elite players.
Regular testing of players, performance records, recording and rehabilitation of injuries are required. To achieve this, the Head of Academy Sports Science & Medicine must manage the department’s budget, any specialist equipment, and co-ordinate training for staff members’ continuous professional development.
DID YOU KNOW?
Although you cannot be a Head of Academy Sports Science & Medicine without being a registered physiotherapist member of the Health and Care professions Council or a registered medical practitioner, any decision regarding medical treatment of an academy player must rest with a physiotherapist or registered medical practitioner.
The Head of Academy Sports Science & Medicine must be a chartered physiotherapist, as well as HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) registered. They should hold a relevant undergraduate degree along with a Masters degree in Sport Science or related discipline from a recognised university. A certificate in First Aid in Sport is also vital, while a strength and conditioning qualification from NASC/UKSCA/NASM will help set applicants apart from the crowd.
This senior role demands extensive experience of working with young athletes in elite sport. Previous positions as a physiotherapist, sports scientist or strength and conditioning coach are ideal. Candidates should have previously led a team of health professionals and be comfortable managing people.