Rugby Ontario Head Athletic Therapist
Rugby Ontario Head Athletic Therapist
Request for Proposal
Rugby Ontario is seeking a Head Athletic Therapist for a four-month contract, with the primary responsibility of coordinating all athlete therapist services for our provincial representative teams, including appointing therapists, ordering and managing supplies, and acting as the senior therapist for all teams. In addition, the Head Therapist will also appoint and coordinate the therapists for all Rugby Ontario-hosted club events.
- Be a certified Athletic Therapist
- Have an IRB Rugby Ready Certificate
- Have a current Vulnerable Sector Screening Check
- Have a valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a vehicle
- Have a background in working with Rugby athletes
- Have experience in working in an elite/representative sporting environment
- Able to attend National Competitions across the country
- Have a network of Athletic Therapists across the country that can be called upon when our teams are travelling
- Able to administer the Scat 3 Concussion test to establish a baseline on selected athletes
- Have access to a sports doctor for referrals, if required
- Keep an accurate record of any injuries and forward this record to Rugby Ontario at the end of the last team event at the end of the season
- Prior experience working in our Provincial team program will be considered a strong asset
Timing – April to mid-August
Provincial team selections commence in May and June and the season wraps up mid-August, however, planning for the season, including attending pre-season coaching meetings, will start in April.
Areas of Responsibility
- Coordinate therapy coverage for all Rugby Ontario provincial representative teams (excluding the Senior Men’s team) including appointing therapists (including student therapists)
- Coordinate the testing (Scat 3 Concussion test) for all Rugby Ontario Provincial players
- Liaise with Rugby Ontario’s High Performance Coordinator & Executive Director regarding medical concerns, budget, and documentation
- Report any risk management-related issues/concerns to Rugby Ontario’s High Performance Coordinator
- Order and coordinate medical supplies for teams/therapists; track supply usage, ensure appropriate use and that all teams are adequately supplied
- Be the person that all coaches, managers, players and parents contact regarding injuries, protocol, follow-up care and questions regarding on-field injury care
- Support student therapists on-field (when required - i.e. National Competitions), and ensure therapists are appropriately trained for rugby game play and injury management
- Support Rugby Ontario in creating/updating medical documentation for on-field injury assessment and follow-up, collect completed forms after injuries occur, and file with the Rugby Ontario office
- Track and analyze injury occurrences, trends and weaknesses between teams/individuals
- Support Rugby Ontario at National Competitions (where Ontario teams are competing) - coordinate game-day coverage, clinical treatments, and medical needs at competitions
- Coordinate therapy coverage for teams when travelling out of province
- Work in conjunction with Rugby Ontario’s Strength and Conditioning Coach and Nutritionist (when appointed) to ensure appropriate in-season and off-season recovery, development, and improvement in all athletes - especially U18/19 players ready to move up to the senior teams
Scope of Work
Rugby Ontario, not including the Senior Men’s team, will have ten (10) Provincial 15s teams in 2014. Seven (7) of those teams will be attending National Festival in Calgary, two (2) will be attending the National Women’s League National Championships in Ottawa and one (1) will be attending the Under-19 Canadian Rugby Championships in Newfoundland. In addition Rugby Ontario will be running four (4) regional under-14 teams and four (4) – six (6) regional under 15 teams who will compete and train in Ontario.
Of the seven teams going to Nationals, two are based out of Eastern Ontario and have their own team therapist. The Rugby Ontario Head Therapist will be required to liaise with that therapist (prior to the beginning of the season, pre-Nationals and while at Nationals) to ensure all concussion tests are being done and injury report forms are being completed in a proper and timely manner.
All of the above programs are paid for by the athletes on a pay-to-play model. There is an ongoing effort to ensure we minimize the costs of our provincial teams programs to help reduce the cost paid by our athletes.
To that end, our budget for Athletic Therapist services is approximately $16,000 for the provincial team season (May to August). The $16,000 would include the following:
- The contracted rate for the Head Athletic Therapist
- Payment to all other appointed therapists
- Travel within Ontario for therapists (e.g. car expenses)
- General administrative expenses incurred by the Head AT for coordinating this program
The $16,000 does not include:
- Travel/Meal/Accommodation costs when travelling out of the province
- Medical supply costs
(These costs are covered by Rugby Ontario)
Please submit a detailed proposal to Andrew Backer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mail to 307-3 Concorde Gate, Toronto, ON, M3C 3N7 Attn: Andrew Backer, by Friday, March 28, 2014.
Please ensure that your proposal includes:
- How you are able to achieve the above requirements, including costs
- Your professional resume
- Three professional references
Thank you for submitting your proposal.
Only those that are selected to be interviewed will be contacted.