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Head Athletic Trainer - Dallas Jackals - Dallas Jackals Rugby - MLR (Arlington · TX)

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Player Operations: Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapy/Doctor
Position Title: Head Athletic Trainer
Location: Arlington, Texas
Reports to: General Manager
About Us:
The Dallas Jackals are a professional rugby team and a member of Major League Rugby. The team plays in Choctaw Stadium in Arlington, Texas and the team’s office is across the street from the stadium. The Jackals are owned by Top Tier Rugby which consists of owners of the Texas Rangers, Rev Entertainment, Cleburne Railroaders, Portland Pickles, Nashville Sounds, Lake County Captains, Premier Hockey Federation, Official League and other sports-related businesses.
Position Summary:
This position requires an ability to lead, supervise and manage a high quality, comprehensive sports medicine program at the professional sports level. It offers an opportunity to be part of a highly skilled medical team of professionals. One must be an excellent leader and communicator within and across departments to ensure clear understanding of policies and messages, and high-quality care for our athletes.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Make independent decisions in the following areas: injury assessment; injury referrals; injury care management; return to play; emergency care;
  • Staff management and administration in consultation with team physicians, and senior staff.
  • Maintain an effective working relationships with team physicians, part-time athletic trainers, strength and conditioning staff, performance management staff, Dallas Jackals senior staff, sponsors, affiliates, other medical/recovery providers, and team affiliates and Major League Rugby medical staff.
  • Organizational and supervisory responsibilities and experience in the fields of concussion management and collision-based sports.
  • Evaluate injuries to players using established protocols.
  • Perform tests and measures to determine the extent of injury.
  • Triage injuries appropriately.
  • Provide immediate on-site and follow-up treatments for athletic injuries as necessary.
  • Refer athletes to the appropriate specialist and manage the subsequent worker's compensation claim and fiscal implications on the medical budget.
  • Prepare athletes for practices and games, including taping, bandaging, wrapping, assisting with warm-up and mobilizations.
  • Monitor players with participation restrictions as discussed and planned with team coaches and rugby operations staff during practices and games
  • Travel with the senior team to away matches to ensure proper evaluation, preparation, recovery modalities, hydration and treatment of athletic injuries.
  • Work with team strength and conditioning and other medical staff to ensure return to play protocols are appropriately designed and adhered to and clear communication is delivered to staff and players in regard to timelines and or restrictions.
  • Manage team recovery and work collaboratively with Dallas Jackals performance staff, sponsors and affiliates to optimize physical well-being and performance.
  • Manage minor player ailment, illness and infection day to day.
  • Manage effective working relationships with physicians in regards to player ailment and sickness.
  • Manage the player's physical screening process on arrival and subsequent referrals to the relevant medical provider.
  • Manage additional mandated athlete arrival processes and tests per World Rugby, and Major League Rugby.
  • SCAT tests, Keep Rugby Clean, and Impact Tests.
  • Manage the medical budget.
  • Maintain necessary qualifications of themselves and staff to work in high performance rugby field, including but not limited to the Immediate Care in Rugby Course (ICRII), Keep Rugby Clean, and concussion specialization courses.
  • Athletic Training Program Screens pre-season health histories in order to identify potential problems and refers qualifying conditions or injuries to the appropriate medical provider for follow-up.
  • Oversee team adherence to World Rugby Doping, site coordinator for World Rugby drug testing and serves as referral person for questions regarding drug testing process and legality of nutritional supplements for players and staff. Develops treatment and rehabilitation programs for injured athletes, in conjunction with team physicians, team S&C where appropriate, and tailored to the specific needs of the athlete.
  • Monitor progress of rehabilitation programs and adjusts as necessary.
  • Independently and in conjunction with team physician and team physical therapist where appropriate, make determinations on return to play status.
  • Maintain various records of athletic injuries and documents the specific treatments and rehabilitation programs.
  • Maintain an active player status log using Healthy Roster.
  • Serve as a liaison between athletes, coaches, rehab team and team physicians.
  • Communicate injury status, rehabilitation progress and appropriate load parameters for players during regular team meetings (formal and informal).
  • Look for opportunities to educate and advise athletes coaches and administrators regarding injury prevention, injury care, hydration, and relevant issues related to sports medicine.
  • Maintain facilities, equipment, and supplies.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of all equipment and general preventative maintenance procedures.
  • Attend staff meetings and full team meetings.
  • Deliver updates, presentations and leads discussions where required.
  • Remain current on latest developments, and advances in sports medicine/athletic training through journal review, attendance at conferences, seminars and clinics.
Required Qualifications:
  • Undergraduate Degree in Athletic Training
  • Successful pass rate on BOC Exam Eligible for Texas Athletic Training License.
  • Current NATABOC (National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification) - must continue to maintain this certification during employment.
  • Ability to work select nights, weekends, holidays and travel.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with colleagues, coaches, athletes and administrators.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and adapt to changing schedules.
  • Possess a vision for the collaborative sports medicine department as well as the ability to communicate and implement the vision.
  • Certification in CPR and first Aid.
  • Skilled at the systemic evaluation of athletic injuries.
  • Skilled at developing rehabilitation for a wide array of common athletic injuries.
  • Skilled at developing rehabilitation programs for a range of common athletic injuries.
  • Knowledge and skill in the application of various preventative taping procedures.
  • Experience at effectively treating both traumatic and overuse type injuries.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a working relationship with insurance, specifically workers compensation claims.
  • 2-3 years experience in a high-performance setting (collegiate/university/professional)
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and adapt to changing schedules.
  • Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse and international community.
  • Additional, related certifications, such as FMS, Active Release Techniques, Kinesiotaping, Muscle Energy, Cupping, Graston Technique, CSCS are highly valued and encouraged.
Remuneration: We offer a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package, and the opportunity for significant growth.
In general, the MLR pre-season runs for 6-8 weeks in January & February; the regular season is 16 matches over 18 weeks; with a 2 to 3 week playoff season.
Join our team and contribute to the continued success of the Dallas Jackals. 
To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to: [email protected]
Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Dallas Jackals is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.