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Job listing closed on 22 Mar 2024
7 Mar 2024

Applied Sports Science Apprentice

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Houston, TX, USA
1+ year exp.

The Houston Texans are in a season of growth. We are seeking an individual for the position of Applied Sports Science Apprentice.

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Overview: The Houston Texans are committed to moving the organization in a new and innovative direction. In 2019, the medical and performance departments aligned to optimize the support provided to the players within the Houston Texans organization. The Houston Texans Sports Performance Department will treat all of our players as β€œNFLers” delivering the highest quality of medical and performance services to all, fostering deep, caring relationships as we innovate, grow and learn to keep players safe and transform talent into excellence. The ambition of the department is to establish a new level of player care and performance innovation within US Professional Sport.

Sports Science backed interventions and Performance Data are crucial underpinnings to athletic performance and availability. Our performance methodology seeks to maximize athletic development and create a transferrable impact on Football performance while reducing the likelihood of injury. By utilizing objective measures within a process-driven system, we will best prepare our players for competition and recovery from injury. The General Manager is committed to this appointment and are determined to install an individual to drive the team forward.


  • Iterate upon a progressive, football-specific performance program to improve athletic development and on-field performance
  • Day-to-day support and coordination of all sport-science related tasks including monitoring, assessing, reporting, and researching for performance and recovery purposes
  • Preparation and interpretation of the data: digital input of the data into the system and evaluation of the data
  • State of the art: evaluation of test methods and test procedures, optimization of the test equipment, orientation on sports science findings, prepare a separate database for standard values of different positions
  • Additional data collection as required by the Director of Sports Science
  • Providing evidence-based literature reviews / analysis for the Director of Sports Science
  • Establish close working and professional relationships with the Sports Performance Team staff
  • Provide a high quality, professional and thorough service across all aspects of your general responsibilities
  • Complete all specific tasks delegated to you by the Director of Sports Science or other Sports Performance Team leadership team member in a timely and efficient manner
  • Provide education β€œin-services” as required on topics suggested by the Director of Sports Science, including at least one presentation on the views of an external professional in a field of interest to the group (or alternatively bring that expert in to present directly)
  • Provide regular updates on journal articles of interest to the group
  • Provide summaries of relevant information to the group on any conferences or courses attended
  • Maintain a record of Continuing Professional Development
  • Raise any areas of potential grievance or opportunity with the manager at the earliest possible stage
  • Maintain suitable levels of personal fitness appropriate for the physical nature of this role
  • Support the Sports Performance Team responsibilities:
    • Remain servant minded
    • Seek first to understand
    • Move the big rocks
    • Growth mindset

Subject to reasonable accommodations, position requires routine face-to-face personal interaction with other Club personnel; therefore, job responsibilities must be physically performed in the Club offices and not in a telecommuting manner.

Skills Required:

Technically skilled

  • High technical ability
  • Attention to Detail – systematic and execute tasks properly without micromanagement
  • Critical Thinking- careful thinking toward an objective

Affinity for Learning

  • Constant Refinement – learns deeper or wider striving toward mastery
  • Receive and apply Coaching – able to take feedback and apply it in practice with players and staff
  • Flexible/Adaptable – able to adjust and apply multiple methods in an ever-changing environment


  • Creative – able to find solutions to problems
  • Self-Efficacy – achieve goals they set through highs and lows
  • Intrinsically Motivated and self-starter – motivated from within to achieve outcomes


  • Form deep relationships based on trust, respect, and empathy. Be inside the team, not on the outside
  • Embrace their Role – understand their role/strengths within the team
  • Improve team synergy/cohesion – makes a positive influence on team dynamics
  • Understand Systems, Processes and Tasks – understand and follow


  • Masters degree in sports science, exercise physiology, kinesiology, epidemiology, statistics, or related discipline
  • Minimum of 1- 3 years of professional experience
  • Competent in statistics, research evaluation, and technology. Certification in one or more data science and statistics credentials (e.g., CAP, ABDE, ABDA)
  • Certification in one or more recognized sport performance credentials (e.g., CPSS, CSCS) is preferred
  • Highly experienced with a variety of health and performance technologies
  • Experience in working with health and performance data is preferred
  • Experience using athlete management systems to ensure the secure and efficient storage of monitoring and evaluation data. Experience using Microsoft Power BI preferred.

Title: Applied Sports Science Apprentice
FLSA Status: Exempt
Department: Applied Sports Science
Reports to: Director of Applied Sports Science

Please note that while resumes of all candidates will be considered, as a way for the Texans organization to acknowledge and reciprocate the tremendous support given the Team by local fans and the local community in general, qualified candidates with permanent addresses in the Houston metropolitan and surrounding areas will be given first consideration whenever possible.

If your skills and experience match our available position requirements, a Human Resources representative will contact you directly. Due to the volume of resumes received by the Houston Texans, we are unable to provide updates on the status of individual applications.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.