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Job listing closed on 15 Mar 2024
29 Feb 2024

Lead Academy Physiotherapist

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Luton, UK
Full Time
3+ years exp.


  • Implementation of Sport Science and Medicine strategy across all the development phases.
  • Assessment and management of injuries and illnesses to all our Academy Players, including relevant referral to internal and external health professionals.
  • Management, design, and implementation (in liaison with First-Team Head of Sport Science and Medicine) of the medical, orthopaedic and movement screening programmes for U18 players.
  • Conduct appropriate screening of trialists to assist with recruitment.
  • Design and dissemination of individual injury prevention programmes.
  • The delivery of individual and group prehabilitation services to our Academy players.
  • Provision of medical cover for training and match day for U9-U23 fixtures.
  • Observation of other Academy medical members of staff, Academy Graduate
  • Physiotherapists, part time Physiotherapists and Physiotherapy Interns, to provide guidance.
  • Contribution to the player performance reviews within the PMA.
  • Accurate recording of all injuries on the Medical Injury Database and Academy Online Management Tool. To ensure that medical notes are complete and confidential.
  • Maintain a comprehensive database of work conducted with athletes and coaches on the PMA and One Drive. To include current medical status, medical notes, rehabilitation and prehabilitation programmes, medical/orthopaedic/movement screen results, individual physical targets and session content and attendance.
  • Collate, analyse, and feedback relevant medical information to the appropriate Club staff for all Academy players. This is to include updates on injured players, rehabilitation programmes, return to train/play dates and injury audits (but must respect and abide by medical confidentiality laws)
  • Work effectively with other support staff and services, including doctors/sport science services, to provide an integrated approach to performance enhancement.
  • Attendance at all team meetings and active inclusion in discussions.
  • Design and implementation (in liaison with Head of Sport Science and Medicine) of an Emergency Action Plan for each site that training/matches occur (where we are the β€œhome” team).
  • Identify areas for development and work closely with the Academy Management Team, Multidisciplinary Teams to ensure necessary performance standards are met and developed.
  • Be part of the Academy Management Team (AMT).



  • BSc (Hons) Degree in Physiotherapy
  • CSP Member
  • HCPC registered
  • FA Intermediate Trauma and medical Management in Football (ITMMiF)
  • A high level of knowledge of the Academy PMA system
  • Valid FA Safeguarding Children Certificate
  • Full UK Driving Licence
  • Knowledge of the EPPP
  • Understanding of Academy categorisation audits
  • Valid enhanced CRC check – the Club will support the attainment of this


  • FA Advanced Trauma and medical Management in Football (ATMMiF)
  • FA Psychology Awards
  • MIDAS minibus driving license

Person Specification

  • Committed, enthusiastic and passionate about the development of medical staff in all three phases of the Academy (FP, YDP, and PDP).
    β€’ Ability to work as part of a team as well as using one’s own initiative in developing staff.
    β€’ Knowledge of musculoskeletal assessment and rehabilitation of elite level paediatric
    β€’ Ability to analyse and interpret movement patterns and posture
    β€’ Build relationships throughout the Academy and broader areas of the club.
    β€’ Able to communicate effectively with players, parents and fellow staff members at all levels.
    β€’ Strong IT skills with the ability to use e-mail, word and video technology to a high
    β€’ Able to adapt to the demands of the job and needs of the players / coaches.
    β€’ Undertake self-development to ensure knowledge in relation to all aspects of coaching and coach development is up-to-date and forward thinking.
    β€’ Willing to follow and promote the culture and philosophy of the football club.
    β€’ Be an ambassador for Luton Town Football Club presenting the club in a positive image at all times.