Vestibular Athletic Trainer

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Updated: July 24, 2019
Job ID: 214642
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Annapolis, MD, United States

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The Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) is seeking a Vestibular Athletic Trainer to support the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research (CRSR) located at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to CRSR. 

The incumbent will assist with a study to better understand the effects of concussions on its Midshipmen and athletes. The USNA is a designated performance site within the NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance: Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium. The CARE Consortium’s goal is to better understand the natural history and return to play criteria of NCAA athletes. The USNA, along with the other U.S. Service Academies, will extend recruitment to all Midshipmen at the academy, including those who sustain concussion for sports, training accidents, or other trauma. The primary responsibilities are to provide vestibular therapy services to Midshipmen in an outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine setting. The Athletic Trainer will also provide professional skills coordinating and administering complex therapeutic and clinical education programs for vestibular therapy and will also perform assigned tasks and carry out delegated responsibility essential for the growth of the concussion rehabilitation program and the care of the Midshipmen.  

Essential Duties: 

  1. Clinical Care: 60% of time
    • Provides vestibular therapy services to patients including evaluations, treatment planning, patient treatment and reassessments.
    • Develop plan of care with goals including quantifiable physical and functional targets.
    • Treats and/or supervises the treatment of patients in accordance with physician orders.
    • Attends meetings, aids with necessary public relations and keeps abreast of new vestibular therapy techniques.
    • Provide continuous communication with referring physicians, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, athletic trainers, study coordinators, and support personnel regarding patient therapy and equipment.
  2. Administrative Management: 20% of time
    • Assists in a program of record keeping and data collection on designated reporting forms by:
      • Maintaining accurate records for Midshipmen and active duty patients.
      • Maintaining a record of all treatment procedures provided.
      • Maintaining statistical records of his or her own clinical workload.
  3. Research Study: 20% of time
    • Assist research coordinator in the performance of the concussion study.
    • Recruit, screen and enroll study subjects and ensure that all baseline and follow-up data collection are conducted in accordance with the IRB approved research protocol.
    • Maintain the security and confidentiality of all research records.
    • Attend meetings and conferences pertaining to the concussion study.
    • Teaching/instructing of athletic training and medical staff on vestibular therapy and concussion treatments.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Thorough knowledge of physical therapy materials and equipment and their economic and beneficial use. Knowledge of concussion assessment and rehabilitation techniques. Extensive knowledge of vestibular injuries.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine from an accredited College or University. Must have additional training in vestibular therapy in relation to concussion management. 

Minimum Experience: 0 - 2 years of experience as an athletic trainer with prior experience of at least one year of vestibular therapy practice. New graduates may apply. 

Physical Capabilities: Long periods of standing and sitting; bending; may involve lifting of patients.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: Valid Athletic Trainer License/Registration in any state (will need Maryland license for position if selected). Certification of vestibular therapy in relation to concussion management. Current CPR/BLS certification.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Provides direct supervision of athletic trainers, physical therapy assistants, clerical, and volunteer personnel.

Work Environment: Military University Environment, Military Base, and Outpatient setting.

Background: US Citizenship required; eligibility to obtain and hold Department of Defense issued Secret Clearance.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.