1st Team Physiotherapist

Forest Green
Full Time
8 / 10

Location: Stanley Park Training Ground, Chippenham OR The New Lawn Stadium, Nailsworth.

Reporting to the Head of Medical Services / Sporting Director, the 1st Team Physiotherapist is integral to contributing to the success and achievement of the football club.

As the 1st Team Physiotherapist, you’ll aim for excellence within the medical department and provide optimal service to all 1st team Players, providing first class manual and exercise therapy based treatments. You’ll assist in the delivery of the departmental aims and objectives, creating a department that is viewed as the best in the division in terms of prevention and management of injury.

Management of other staff

  • Support the work of any junior first team therapy staff and act as a clinical mentor to the Head Academy Physiotherapist. 
  • To assist the Head of Medical Services in the professional development of all other staff within the department, contributing to mid-season and end of season review meetings to review progression and to provide formal feedback. 
  • To be responsible for the development and implementation of all Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) across the club. 
  • This includes appropriate staff training and liaison with 3rd parties who will be central to the effective implementation of these plans both at training and matches.

Management of injuries

  • Deliver first class physiotherapy services to all players in the first team, striving to return players from injury in the most efficient timeframe possible.
  • You will be assigned specific players to ‘case-manage’ and will be required to have input into the treatment and management plans of all injured players (who may be working with other physios). Work alongside the rest of the medical team to strive for best-practice in all aspects of our provision. 
  • Implement evidence based practice and utilise advanced clinical reasoning skills during the rehabilitation process. 
  • Demonstrate effective communication with all multi-disciplinary team members in order to ensure clarity surrounding the management of all injured players. Produce an injury management plan for injured players under your care. This will demonstrate the likely evolution of the injury and take account of realistic milestones in the recovery pathway. This will be communicated to the rest of the team in weekly departmental meetings. 
  • Produce a daily treatment plan for players under your care, this will be aligned with the injury management plan and take account of appropriate functional markers in order to demonstrate progress. 
  • To contribute to the departmental CPD programme on a regular basis in liaison with the Head of Medical Services. 
  • To communicate clearly and effectively with the rest of the MDT regarding the diagnosis, management plan and anticipated timeframes for all injured players. 
  • To accurately and comprehensively complete medical notes within 24 hours of any treatment on the Benchmark54 database. 

Injury prevention

  • Work alongside the conditioning team to influence the players’ pre-activation and injury prevention routines. Liaise with the strength and conditioning team on a daily basis in order to have input into decisions relating to individual player availability and readiness to train. 
  • Alongside the conditioning team and the Head of Medical Services, contribute to individualised injury prevention programmes focused on addressing relevant injury risk factors as identified following both screening and analysis of previous injury history. 
  • Work alongside the rest of medical and sport science team to analyse injury patterns and adjust preventative programmes accordingly in order to mitigate the risk of injury. 

Medical provisions at matches/tours

  • To travel with the team and be available to provide therapy treatments to players both on the evening before and the day of the match as required. 
  • To attend all home matches and be present as required in the pre-match build up to a game. 
  • To rehabilitate / treat players at the stadium on the morning of 1st team home matches as required. 
  • To work in tandem with the Head of Medical Services to be available at short notice on the day following matches to assess and treat players as required. 

Pre-signing medicals / medical consultations

  • To work under the direction of the Head of Medical Services, ensuring all players undergo a comprehensive pre-signing medical prior to signing with the Sporting Director notified of any potential injury risks and the level of risk identified (low, moderate or high). 
  • Accompany players to medical consultations at short notice as required ensuring the player receives optimal care and advice at all times. 

Continual professional development

  • Work towards designated SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timed) targets for personal development and departmental progression in collaboration with the Performance Consultant and the Head of Medical Services. 
  • Keep a Personal Development Plan (PDP) which highlights areas for development and allows us to afford you the time and resources to work towards these objectives wherever possible. 
  • To meet with the Performance Consultant on 6 weekly basis to discuss and review SMART Targets. 
  • Undertake the required training in line with league rules (ATMMiF) (this will be funded by the club). 
  • Take responsibility for your own continued professional development, ensuring that you attend regular courses/conferences and keeping an up to date portfolio of achievements. Appropriate funding will be available for courses / conferences – this is to be assessed on a case-by-case basis and will be linked to your Personal Development Plan / SMART Targets 

Other requirements

  • Attend all first team games and tours as required 
  • A minimum of 40 hours per week 
  • Flexibility in this role is essential – ability to work irregular and unsocial hours as required. 
  • Work may be subject to change with less than 24 hours notice on occasions. Work will regularly be outside ‘normal’ working hours, in evenings, weekends and holidays 
  • Attendance may be required at consultant appointments/special events/dinners/tournaments. 
  • All holiday is to be taken during breaks in the footballing season 
  • You may at times be required to carry out additional tasks / reasonable duties not outlined in this job description, including travel as is deemed necessary to fulfil your job requirements.

Full description


  • BSc in Physiotherapy MSc (completed or working towards)
  • Advanced pitch side first aid qualification (ATMMiF equivalent)
  • Full driving licence and car Evidence of developing, implementing and evaluating physiotherapy programmes for elite football players.
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team in a professional sporting environment.
  • An understanding of working in the professional football environment. Experience of developing and implementing innovative ideas and putting them into practice. Experience of clinically assessing, diagnosing and rehabilitating a wide range of neuromuscular and orthopaedic conditions in elite athletes.
  • Experience of modifying training and rehabilitation programmes in order to address an individual’s needs, demonstrating advanced clinical reasoning skills.
  • Experience of implementing profiling and screening methods for elite athletes.
  • Experience of utilising injury prevention strategies in a professional sporting environment.


  • A minimum of 2 Years experience in the elite sports setting.


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