GB Fastpitch Teams seek physios for European Championships

Mon 26 Mar 2018

The Great Britain Men’s Fastpitch Team and the Great Britain Under-19 Women’s Fastpitch Team are both looking for a qualified physiotherapist/sports therapist to accompany the team to a European Championship competition this summer.

For the GB Men’s Fastpitch Team, which will be travelling to the Czech Republic, the successful applicant will need to be available from 23 June through 1 July, with some communication to be carried out with players and staff before and after the tournament itself.

For the GB Under-19 Women’s Team, which will be travelling to northeast Italy, the successful applicant will need to be available from 11-23 July and ideally also on 7-8 July, with some communication to be carried out with players and staff before and after these dates.

There is no fee for this position, as GB Softball does not receive public funding, but travel, accommodation and food costs on tour will be covered.

The primary responsibilities of the position are outlined below.

To apply for this position for either team, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Please provide details of training, previous sports experience and particular areas of expertise. 

The deadline for applications is 5.00 pm on Monday 16 April 2018.

Job requirements

In softball, as in many sports, the job of the physio/sports therapist is physically the most demanding job on the staff team and can involve considerable inputs of time.  It would be advantageous to have previous experience in sports which involve throwing or upper limb management (i.e. cricket). Here are the main aspects of the role:

Pre-tournament:

  • Gain medical history and medication use from all players.
  • Follow up with players who may need TUEs.
  • Liaise with players who may be recovering from an injury or attending tour with an injury
  • Organise the first aid kit and liaise with the Team Manager to ensure that everything necessary is included and purchased.
     

During the tournament:

  • Monitor nutrition and hydration intake.
  • Carry out pre-game strapping, particularly shoulders, legs, ankles and foot management.
  • Carry out pre-game massage.
  • Take the team through 20-30 minutes of warm-up and any pre-game needs as specified by the coach.
  • Provide medical assistance and first aid during the game for acute injuries or injury prevention.
  • Lead the post-game cool-down.
  • Arrange and lead hydrotherapy where possible.
  • Provide post-game icing for players.
  • Provide post-game massage and education for injury prevention.
  • Liaise with the coaches to update on the physical status of players and any complaints of injuries.
  • Be with an athlete if they get called for drug testing.
  • Keep documentation and records of player treatment.
     

Post-tournament

  • Liaise with the Team Manager regarding what is needed to replenish the first aid kit for the next competition.
  • Liaise with any athletes who may have any injury concerns post-tournament to ensure appropriate recovery.

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