To deliver soft tissue therapy support to identified athletes, coaches and sports to improve performance through working as part of an inter-disciplinary team and developing, implementing and evaluating soft tissue services.
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Hold a minimum Level 4 Sports massage qualification attained through an accredited school that meets QCF/RQF standards
Member of a Professional Association (PA) or GCMT (General Council for Soft Tissue Therapies) or CNHC (Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council)
Full membership (Silver and above) of the Sports Massage Association.
Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate
Considerable experience – 4 years minimum, in the provision of sports massage therapy to athletes whichshould include work with high performance sports teams or squads - although this does not preclude applicants without this from applying if they feel they have the necessary knowledge and skills
Experience of developing and implementing innovative ideas and putting them into practice, including working in an applied and integrated manner.
Extensive experience of successfully implementing strategies to reduce the impact of injury.
Experience of working effectively within a multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of soft tissue therapy services to high performance sport.
Experience of dealing with national performance programmes within national governing bodies of sport
Experience of travelling with a team to national/international competition or training camp at senior or junior level
Skills, Aptitudes & Abilities:
An understanding of the needs of elite athletes and coaches in a high performance environment
Comply with the rules of the SMA or equivalent governing body and the HCSI professional code
To develop, implement and evaluate sports massage therapy service programmes for individual athletes within these sports
High level of problem solving & decision making skills around clinical reasoning and treatment options, with a clear understanding of parameters of interventions and knowing when to refer on, often in high pressure or time dependent situations
An ability to demonstrate up to date and advanced knowledge of sports massage therapy techniques related to musculoskeletal medicine in the sporting environment
Ability to modify programmes according to the results of assessment data, in conjunction with coaches and other support staff
Ability to work under pressure
Ability to prioritise own workload
Ability to balance conflicting demands and tight deadlines
Communication skills that can motivate behavioural change to have a positive impact on performance
An understanding of the various sports science and medicine disciplines.
Personal integrity and the ability to invoke trust and respect from others.
Having the willingness to engage with and support continuous professional development in anti-doping, i.e. UKAD Clean Sport Advisor Course
Due to possible requirement to work with athletes under 18 (Enhanced DBS check will be required)
Comprehensive contemporary knowledge of technical skills underpinning the delivery of soft tissue therapy management in the sporting environment.
An interest in sport and recognition of the importance of promoting and supporting equality, safeguarding and anti-doping within sport.
Skilled in building and maintaining productive relationships with high performance staff within national governing bodies of sport.
Highly motivated with a passion for high performance sport
Open minded with a view to adopting new practices