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Performance Physiotherapist

High Performance Sport NZ

High Performance Sport NZ leads the high performance sport system supporting athletes and coaches to deliver performances on the world stage that inspire the nation and its communities, helping to build national identity and promote New Zealand internationally.

20 Jul 2022
Full Time
New Zealand
Closing date
18 Aug 2022


Are you passionate about Snowsports? Do you wish to work with athletes performing on the World stage? Following on from historical medal success in both Pyeongchang 2018 and more recently Beijing 2022, we are seeking a Performance Physiotherapist to help take our high performance athletes to the next level, and keep the stoke alive as they prepare for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in 2026 and beyond.

You will work within the current Performance Health team, and athlete tight teams, to deliver comprehensive proactive physiotherapy support to optimise performance, minimise injury risk, support wellbeing and manage injury. You will work closely alongside the coaching and integrated support team contributing to planning, preparation and performance.

A minimum of 5 years' post graduate experience is required, including 2 years spent delivering physiotherapy support within a performance environment. A post graduate qualification in Sports Physiotherapy or equivalent and previous experience of working collaboratively with applied disciplines of sports medicine and sports science is desirable. In addition, you must demonstrate the ability to assess the demands and the risks of elite snow sports in relation to the physiotherapy and rehabilitation needs.

A willingness to work with athletes of all ages including adolescents, within a team and being proficient and confident on skis and/snowboard is essential. Previous experience working with snow sports related injury management is also essential.

The position will be primarily based at Snow Sports New Zealand in Wanaka. The role will require a commitment to providing touring support between October and May in the Northern hemisphere, as the athletes chase the snow and look to dominate the international competition calendar.

Key Accountabilities

As the Performance Physiotherapist, you will:

  • Develop a consistent approach to performance focussed physiotherapy support for nominated athletes within the high performance pathway.
  • Facilitate a multi-disciplinary team approach to injury management and prevention.
  • Facilitate timely rehabilitation for injured athletes, monitor recovery plans and return to performance outcomes consistent with nationally established protocols.
  • Establish and deliver innovative clinical pathways, clinical and applied research projects which facilitate athlete management, and contribute to HPSNZ as a leader in the delivery of performance focussed physiotherapy.
  • Ensure effective communication channels to SSNZ Medical Director, SSNZ Physiotherapy Point of Contact and administrative support through agreed upon pathways and contribute to Sport programme meetings.
  • Maintain comprehensive electronic medical records and, respecting individual athlete confidentiality, share appropriate levels of information with performance staff (utilising a central database) in a timely manner.

Injury Management

  • Undertake effective, efficient athlete assessment based on best practice.
  • Deliver effective Physiotherapeutic interventions and collaborate closely with Sports Medicine Doctors and other support staff to ensure optimal return to sport for injured athletes, whilst minimising risk of recurrence of injury.
  • Maintain comprehensive medical records at all times.
  • Work within the standards and guidelines of the Physiotherapy board Professional Code of Conduct and the HPSNZ code of conduct.
  • Delivery integrated strategies to optimise return to performance following injury.

Injury Prevention

  • Identify the risk of injury and develop strategies to minimise risk specific to the individual athlete and relevant to their sport
  • Identify appropriate strategies to minimise injury and monitor their effectiveness using injury surveillance.
  • Develop continuous physical benchmarking to track individual and/or team performance progression
    through identified physical parameters relevant to the individual in their sport.

Person Specifications

As the Performance Physiotherapist, you will have:


  • A comprehensive academic background in the provision of physiotherapy support to elite athletes, in conjunction with highest quality clinical application of that background.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the needs of elite athletes and coaches in a high performance sports environment and the role of the physiotherapist within this environment
  • An ability to work autonomously and make clinically sound decisions when under pressure and communicate effectively with all members of the Inter-disciplinary team.

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How to Apply

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Applications close on 18th August 2022

Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Sports Science & Medicine

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