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Pulse Therapy is currently seeking sports therapists for placement into local rugby clubs around the South Devon area. The role will have a high degree of autonomy and will be club based, working to standardised Pulse Therapy protocols and operating procedures in line with current RFU guidelines.

Duties will include:

  • Conduct an assessment of the fitness level of players, athletes or participants and advise on exercises prior to an event or fixture

  • Test joints for ease and range of movement, pain and dysfunction

  • Mentally and physically prepare players, athletes and participants before a competition and use strapping, taping and massage techniques where necessary

  • Provide emergency aid in a sport and exercise environment

  • Examine and assess injuries and determine whether the athlete or participant can continue safely with the event or activity

  • Treat and mobilise injuries to alleviate pain

  • Rehabilitate injuries by using manual therapy techniques, apparatus and electrotherapy

  • Design and monitor rehabilitation programmes appropriate to the injury and/or sport and level

  • Decide whether athletes, players or participants need extra treatments and coordinate referrals to other practitioners

  • Advise players or athletes on diet and nutrition (if or when you are appropriately trained)

  • Work alone or with coaches, trainers and/or fitness advisers to implement exercise, conditioning, core stability and injury prevention programmes, so that athletes, players or participants reach and maintain peak performance

  • Liaise with other healthcare professionals in the sports sector and in mainstream medicine.

Hours you will work and pay:

You'll usually work around 6 to 8 hours a week, although the hours are often irregular and evening and weekend work is common.

If you work with a sports team, you need to be available for weekend fixtures and training nights (Tues + Thurs) during the season.

You will be paid for your time and work. This will be discussed depending upon which club you are based at and on experience.


What to expect:

  • As a sports therapist, you will be part of a wider team of trainers, managers and doctors.

  • You'll often work in a treatment room or clinic with specialist equipment. However, the job can involve spending time outside in all weathers during matches and training with access to basic facilities.

  • Placements are provided for a specific club, however from time to time you may be required to move to another club to cover holidays and the needs of the business.

  • Dress code is casual, often sportswear, and needs to be something that allows good mobility enabling you to provide relevant treatment. A professional, presentable appearance is needed.

  • The job can be stressful, particularly when dealing with the expectations of athletes, their families, managers, coaches and emergency service personnel.

  • If you work with sports teams, you'll need to be prepared to travel nationally and possibly overnight.

  • Expenses incurred during your work will be reimbursed and you will be provided with transport, food and refreshments at every match.

Essential requirements:

  • University student in sports therapy, sports rehab or equivalent course. Other sports related degrees may be considered.

  • Have a full clean driving licence or access to a vehicle.

  • Flexible evening and weekend working attitude.

  • First aid in sport or pitch side trauma qualification (equivalent qualifications will be considered)

  • Taping and strapping experience and competent in using a variety of tapes and its application.

  • Proven experience of at least one year in a sporting environment where treatment is conducted on a regular basis.

  • Willingness to undergo relevant safeguarding checks and disclosures associated with working in a healthcare environment.

Desired attributes:

Concussion assessment and management experience.

Immediate Care In Sport Level 2 or 3.

Oxygen and Entonox or other medical gasses / analgesic medication qualifications.

(training will be provided to successful applicants who show commitment capability)

How to apply:

If you feel you have what it takes to be part of an elite sports therapy team, please send your curriculum vitae and a covering letter to: 

Mike Gibbons (mike@pulsetherapy.co.uk) or in writing to the registered address. 

All applications will be reviewed and those shortlisted will be invited to attend the second stage of recruitment (a group assessment day).


Closing date: Ongoing

Any questions regarding this vacancy or application process, please contact Mike Gibbons on 07703366496.