Health and Performance - Strength and Conditioning - UPMC

Health and Performance – Strength and Conditioning

UPMC is Hiring

Please send letter of application along with an up-to-date CV to Natalie Moore, HR Business Partner, UPMC Whitfield Hospital, Cork Road, Waterford, or by email to

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is Sunday, 8 August 2021.

Health and Performance (Strength and Conditioning)

Based at: UPMC Sports Medicine Clinic

Contract: Permanent
Status: Full time

Reporting and Management
The successful candidate will report to the General Manager of UPMC Sports Medicine and Institute for Health in Ireland. For all clinical and patient treatment-related elements of the role, the employee is accountable to Mr. Patrick Carton, Director of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, UPMC in Ireland.

The Health and Performance (Strength and Conditioning) role will work within the UPMC Sports Medicine Clinic based at WIT Arena. This role may require travel between sites when necessary. The role will focus on the delivery of quality, best practice and excellence in the following areas: rehabilitation, performance testing, concussion rehabilitation, rehabilitation delivery, performance testing, delivery and management of Institute for Health programmes, education workshops, research, and day-to-day operational duties within the clinic.

Key objectives

  • Minimise the impact of injury and illness.
  • Ensuring that patients/athletes reach their optimal physical conditioning and maintaining that level throughout the year.
  • Developing and maintaining key working relationship with sports science and sports medicine discipline partners to ensure an efficient approach to performance.
  • Deliver and oversee the Institute for Health programmes.
  • Work with physiotherapy team to deliver programmes and protocols for UPMC Institute for Health.
  • Work with key stakeholders to deliver education, programming and supervision of strength and conditioning.
  • Contribute to research is sports performance and rehabilitation.
  • Oversee performance testing.

Key responsibilities

  • Deliver programming as required to support injury risk management and deliver exercise-based rehabilitation and return to performance programmes.
  • Attend and contribute to strategic planning meetings.
  • Fitness test athletes to build accurate physiological profiles.
  • Develop tailored fitness training programmes for injured athletes.
  • Work with individuals and teams as required.
  • Work in collaboration with other sport and exercise professionals such as physiotherapists and sports medicine physicians.
  • Oversee students and junior staff on the clinic floor.
  • Develop and run exercises classes for the management of chronic illness.
  • Provide benchmark physiological information to enable long-term athletic development.
  • Data collection and input.
  • Assist with research studies in exercise and health.
  • Monitor clinic stock and ordering of consumables.
  • Refer to medical practitioner for assessment and treatment.
  • Update clinical notes following each appointment.
  • Demonstrate effective time management and organisational skills during management of own workload.
  • Be available to work evenings and weekends as service needs expand.
  • High Performance Testing and reporting (VO2 Max , Lactate Treshhold , Force Plate and Performance analysis)
  • It is expected that the employee will regularly participate in continued professional development (CPD), contribute to preparation and submission of research publications and conference presentations.
  • Regular attendance at bi-weekly journal club and departmental educational meetings is a requirement.

This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organisation.

Knowledge and experience

  • Degree (or equivalent) in sport science, physiotherapy, athletic therapy, or related subject, specialising in physical preparation of athletes.
  • UKSCA accreditation or internationally recognised equivalent, or ability to obtain within six months.
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of strength and conditioning services to performance teams.
  • A track record of success in developing physical qualities of teams and athletes within performance sport.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong programming and coaching skills.
  • Masters in Sport Science, Strength and Conditioning or similar qualification.
  • Experience of working with elite teams.
  • Experience of working in female sporting environments.
  • Experience of using sport science equipment including heart rate systems and GPS systems.
  • Experience of using athlete management systems.
  • Experience working with special populations and chronic illnesses.
  • BACPR Qualification
  • CanRehab Qualification
  • Previous publications/evidence of original research

About UPMC

A $23 billion healthcare provider and insurer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centred, cost-effective, accountable care. Working in close collaboration with the  University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialisation arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International.

Providing high-quality healthcare in the South East since 2006, UPMC’s operations in Ireland now include UPMC Whitfield Hospital in Waterford, UPMC Kildare Hospital in Clane, UPMC Aut Even Hospital in Kilkenny, the UPMC Carlow Outreach Centre, UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre radiotherapy locations at UPMC Whitfield and in Cork, UPMC Sports Medicine Clinic and the UPMC Concussion Network. UPMC is the Official Healthcare Partner of the GAA and GPA.

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