Head of Rehabilitation, First Team

  • New York City FC
  • Orangeburg, NY, USA
  • 04 May, 2024
Full time Leadership & Management MLS Strength & Conditioning

Job Description

JOB TITLE: Head of Rehabilitation
REPORTING TO: Performance Director
LOCATION: Orangeburg, NY

The Head of Rehabilitation will be the lead for the Return-To-Play programming for all injured players, the diagnosis of injuries occurring as the result of the training for and playing of games. Specifically, the detailing of plans for rehabilitation of injury and reintegration to full training and competitive match play for a variety of injuries. This includes directing the peri-operative care for players requiring surgery following injury. Importantly, this role is considered a leadership position within the Human Performance Department and, as such, the Head of Rehabilitation will be responsible for guiding and informing all staff on matters regarding players currently in the Return-To-Play program and their expected progression and development during that time.

Working in collaboration with the Medical Staff and under the supervision of the Performance Director and Chief Medical Officer, the Head of Rehabilitation will:
  • Lead the development of comprehensive plans for each athlete’s return to play program throughout the rehab process, outlining the goals of each stage, evaluating progress using objective data to demonstrate that they were achieved and at what time.
  • Lead the creation, maintenance, documentation, and updating of standard rehabilitation protocols for the injuries typically encountered by soccer athletes.
  • Lead on field and gym-based rehabilitation workouts and collaborate with Performance and Athletic Training staff to develop late stage return to play workouts in both settings.
  • Provide daily injury updates to the Performance Director, Head Coach and other performance and management staff.
  • Provide injury reports after each game.
  • Conduct game day assessment of injured players once they have been ruled out of further participation by the Head Athletic Trainer.
  • Coordinate sports medicine special projects pertaining to injury risk mitigation and performance medicine.
  • Provide daily communication of squad readiness and injury updates to the coaching staff, management, and medical/performance department, including leading and facilitating weekly Return-To-Play meetings with the Human Performance staff.
  • Coordinate daily player treatment schedule based on screening priorities.
  • Serve as the primary liaison with Montefiore subspecialties to develop rehabilitation protocols and progressions appropriate to the specific surgical and sports medicine procedures that the players may undergo.
  • Develop multidisciplinary injury prevention strategies and educate medical and performance staff on comprehensive application and execution of these strategies, including the facilitation of weekly meetings focused on the learnings and activities of the Return-To-Play program.
  • Communicate and collaborate with the medical staffs for NYCFC II and the Academy to coordinate long term rehabilitation practices for players in the Elite Talent Program.
  • Mentor medical staff, Physical Therapists, Soft Tissue Therapist (s), Medical Interns, and volunteers, throughout the organization and ensure consistency in practices between 1st team, NYCFCII, and Academy.
  • Ensure the maintenance of the training room and clinic area as a safe, clean, and organized environment.
  • Electronically document accurate first report of injury, physician diagnosis, Player assessments, Player treatments, and return to play dates.
  • Compile reports as required by the League

Certain professional criteria must be met to be eligible for the role. These include:
  • Master of Physical Therapy (Doctor of Physical Therapy or PhD preferred)
  • Licensed and registered to work as a physical therapist in the USA (American Physical Therapy Association)
  • Licensed and registered to work as a physical therapist in the State of New York.
  • 3+ years' experience working with elite (collegiate or professional) athletes.

  • Additionally certified as a CSCS, PES, LMT, and/or NREMT.
  • Has soccer experience.
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese.

  • Applicant must be able to comply with MLS Next Safety and Well-Being policy and any other applicable child safety policies provided to applicants by New York City FC
  • Must be able to work games scheduled which may be at night and on weekends and holidays

This exempt position has an estimated annual base salary range of $100,000 to $110,000. Final compensation offer amounts are based on a wide array of factors unique to each candidate, including but not limited to demonstrated skill set, years and depth of relevant experience, and some role-dependent factors such as certifications and software expertise. We welcome direct conversations with each candidate about compensation in all of our initial calls.

  • Excellent health, dental & vision insurance, with options to fit you and your family’s needs
  • Comprehensive and competitive benefit programs, including maternal & paternal leave
  • Ancillary benefits: Commuter, gym membership, and Citi Bike discounts
  • Your health is important! Our wellness strategy focuses on mental and physical wellbeing through in-office and virtual programs
  • Four complementary tickets to every New York City FC home match
  • Team outings, happy hours, and annual staff gatherings to celebrate our co-workers
  • A dynamic, ambitious, and fun work environment

At New York City Football Club, we are on a mission to build this City into one of the soccer capitals of the world. The Club was announced as Major League Soccer’s 20th franchise and is the first and only MLS team located within the five boroughs of New York City. The Club has qualified for the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for the last seven consecutive seasons, winning the MLS Cup in 2021. Games are broadcast through MLS Season Pass, the unprecedented subscription service from Apple and Major League Soccer that will have every match of the MLS regular season, Audi MLS Cup Playoffs and Leagues Cup all in one place and with no blackouts. New York City FC’s combined 3.3 million social media following across Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter is the second-highest among MLS clubs. For more information, please visit: https://www.nycfc.com/.

New York City FC is also one of 13 clubs comprising City Football Group and counts Manchester City FC, Melbourne City FC, Yokohama F-Marinos, Girona FC, Montevideo City Torque, Sichuan Jiuniu FC, Mumbai City FC, Lommel SK and Espérance Sportive Troyes AC among its sister clubs.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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