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Athletic Therapist

Job ID: 32305
Location: Main Campus
Updated July 09, 2024

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.


The Dinos Athletics in the Faculty of Kinesiology is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Athletic Therapist.

Athletic Therapy assists athletes in the Dinos Athletics program with injury prevention, emergency assistance and follow up therapy where applicable.

The Assistant Athletic Therapist reports to the Associate Athletic Director but is directly supervised by the Head Athletic Therapist. They will be required to use their judgment and discretionary decision making skills regarding athlete injury assessment, management, rehabilitation, and readiness to return to sport which will impact student athletes, coaches, and the athletic program in which each athlete participates.  They are responsible to maintain effective communication and interpersonal relationships in a multidisciplinary setting, including the coaches, students, the Sport Medicine Center physicians, physiotherapists, nurses, and staff.  They assist with the supervision of athletic therapy students as a practicum supervisor for the Mount Royal University Athletic Therapy Program.  The Athletic Therapy group in association with varsity athletics also operates a community based field athletic therapy service known as Sport Therapy Service (STS).  Assistant Athletic Therapists may be assigned certain duties associated with the day to day working of this fee for service business

Regular work week of 35 hours a week are split between field, clinical and administrative settings.  This position has seasonal work demands, with non-traditional work day hours associate between the months of August to April. The job will demand availability on weekends for field and event coverage. There is high stress related to being first responder to injury situations.

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Responsible for field coverage and supervision of students in the care of one collision sport team and/or home game coverage of court sport activities as designated by the supervisor
  • Respond to injuries during games or practices for designated Varsity team.  Independently assess the injuries, design and oversee an appropriate rehabilitation program for the athlete to safely return to play
  • Supervise athletic therapy students in their athletic therapy practice, determine when they are unqualified and assume responsibility for the injury and scene
  • Determine the appropriate and safe return to play guidelines for athletes under their care
  • Determine if physician consultation is necessary
  • Carry out and/or supervise athletic therapy students with taping and performance preparation for designated sport practices and games
  • Upon arrival at field or court event, determine appropriate emergency response action plan and perform a facility safety check, assuring safe playing conditions
  • Act as Head Athletic Therapist at all games and practices of designated sports and events
  • Make use of various computer on-line testing and screening tools
  • Daily charting and monitoring of athletic injuries
  •  Provide effective service as assigned by supervisor
  • Regularly review emergency response action plans and make recommendations for changes if necessary
  • Prepare weekly and session reports on student therapists they supervise for their academic requirements
  • Act as designate of Head Athletic Therapist in their absence
  • Be responsible for a portion of the budget assigned to you by the Head Athletic Therapist
  • Be familiar with CCES and Canada West policy and procedures
  • Work in association with University offices such as; Risk Management, Supply Chain management, HR and IT
  • Assist with marking and administration associated with Supervising MRU Athletic Therapy Practicum Students
  • Miscellaneous duties as assigned by the Head Athletic Therapist such as student scheduling, budgeting, and unforeseen varsity commitments
  • Communicate effectively with coaches, athletes, and other therapists regarding injured players, management strategies and a safe return to participation
  • Attend weekly and monthly meetings as defined by the Head Athletic Therapist to share information and discuss any problems or concerns that may arise

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Certified Athletic Therapist in good standing with the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association (CATA)
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology or related degree
  • Current First - Aid and CPR certification, as well as current certification in Sport First Responder or EMR
  • Minimum of five years of experience as an assistant, associate, or head athletic therapist, in a college or University setting, or within a professional sport organization
  • Eligible for professional liability insurance
  • Experience working with University caliber football or hockey is a definite asset

Application Deadline:  July 24, 2024

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist / Advisor Job Family, Phase 2.

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