Senior Physiotherapist (working with British Canoeing)

English Institute of Sport
English Institute of Sport
£49,399 - £54,128 p.a.
The normal place of work is the National Watersports Centre, Adbolton Lane, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, NG12 2LU, however the EIS may require you to travel to and work at other offices and to competition venues both nationally and internationally.
Contract type
Permanent (Full time)
Closing date
2 February 2018
Job Description
JOB DESCRIPTION – SENIOR PHYSIOTHERAPIST (working with British Canoeing - Canoe Sprint)

Interview Date: 12th or 13th February 2018

Salary: £49,399 to £54,128 p.a. subject to experience

Please see British Canoeing Mission Statement here.

Hours of Work: Such hours as necessary to carry out your duties. This will involve a minimum of 37 hours per week and may include working outside normal office hours at evenings and weekends and on Public Holidays.

Location: The normal place of work is the National Watersports Centre, Adbolton Lane, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, NG12 2LU, however the EIS may require you to travel to and work at other offices and to competition venues both nationally and internationally.


The successful applicant will lead the development, coordination and delivery of athlete health strategies and physiotherapy services to World Class Programme athletes. Working collaboratively with the interdisciplinary athlete support team, this position will establish strategies to optimise on water performance. This will be carried out (in the main) through appropriate identification of risk and mitigation of such via health based interventions that minimise time-loss and maximise on water performance.

The successful candidate will join an organisation during an exciting time in British Canoeing and will work out of a centralised training base where our elite podium and podium potential athletes train daily. He/she will be required to work across both speed (200m & 500m) and endurance (1000m) men’s and women’s sprint kayak squads (~20 athletes) and share philosophy and best practice across a wider support team including practitioners from Paracanoe.


The successful candidate will be someone whom can develop relationships quickly and earn coach/athlete trust. He/she should have a proven track record in performance enhancement and have the ability to build athlete confidence via appropriate technical-non-technical skills. He/she will seek (where appropriate) feedback from relevant areas to identify injury risk and be flexible in their approach to ensure maximum adoption of interventions/programs aimed at optimising individual performance. Integration within the wider support team will be key including the candidate’s ability to constructively challenge opinion.


Work with the Head Sprint Coach, Head of Performance support, Canoe coaches and EIS Physiotherapy Technical Lead to improve performance through linking physiotherapy services within the individual athlete plans and developmental needs.

Lead the development and delivery of athlete health strategies within British Canoe (Sprint programme) in conjunction with the CMO and EIS clinicians to optimise performance.

Using a performance backwards approach, proactively manage and deliver physiotherapy services to canoe athletes.

Lead and deliver individualised athlete management and rehabilitation programmes.

Provide targeted injury risk management strategies to enhance performance in collaboration with the interdisciplinary athlete support team, coaches and athletes.

Work with Head coach and other support staff to identify ‘on-water’ performance restrictions and proactively lead on plans aimed at mitigating such using an interdisciplinary approach (technical & non- technical)

Ensure that the delivery of the physiotherapy and soft tissue therapy services effectively meet the level required by canoe incl. coach and athlete expectations.

Keep an up to date electronic medical records system for accurate record keeping and injury-illness surveillance analysis to inform athlete health decision making.

Develop highly effective relationships which foster optimal athlete/coach engagement and create an environment which enables positive influence where appropriate.

Deliver athlete and group based screenings (as appropriate) to inform athlete progression, potential performance risk and utilise information to guide practice for podium potential athletes.

Objectively assess impact of athlete screenings through appropriate collation of evidence.

Lead sprint based education program for developing athletes and coaches at specific time points during calendar year to ensure risk is proactively managed further down the athlete pathway.

Provide physiotherapy service at all senior competitions and camps for world class programme athletes and working with Canoe Sprint Team Manager, help coordinate physiotherapy cover for podium potential camps and races.

Provide up to date injury and illness statistics with potential solutions and interventions to optimise athlete health and adherence to training.

Collaborate closely with the relevant coaches and support team to ensure that the best possible timing and return to training programme is in place.

Inform and educate athletes and coaches in injury rehabilitation and self-management programmes

Using objective and subjective inputs, identify risks and lead on injury prevention strategies.

Attend relevant block and athlete review meetings and contribute accordingly (incl. provision of regular reports) with key stakeholders.

Contribute to knowledge sharing and development across British Canoeing and EIS to support the development of world class physiotherapy services.

Lead the delivery of certain projects/applied research (where warranted) within canoe flatwater (Sprint & Paracanoe) and across the organisation as appropriate.

Within the rules of professional confidentiality liaise with athletes, parents, coaches and other support staff as appropriate.

Comply with Professional Codes of Conduct, standards and guidelines.

This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organisation.
How to apply
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