Posted

7 days ago

Location

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

Description

Head/Lead Certified Athletic Trainer for H2F – Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

Reef Systems is seeking a Head/Lead Certified Athletic Trainer to join a multidisciplinary team to optimize soldier readiness and performance in the Army’s new Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) System. The Head/Lead ATC will serve as brigade Lead AT and principal advisor to the supported unit BDE Injury Control Director on basic acute care, injury control, reconditioning, and performance optimization.

The H2F System focuses on soldier readiness and lethality, optimal physical and non-physical performance, reduced injury rates, and improved rehabilitation after injury. The system empowers and equips soldiers to take charge of their health, fitness, and well-being to optimize individual performance, while preventing injury and disease. H2F Performance Teams generally include a Physical Therapist (PT), Registered Dietitian (RD), Occupational Therapist (OT), Cognitive Enhancement Specialist (CES), Athletic Trainer (ATC), and Strength and Conditioning Coach (SCC).

The Head/Lead ATC will be assigned to a unit(s) and typically will work in fitness centers/gyms, brigade or administrative areas, outdoors, ranges and field training environments, but they may be required to travel locally to provide early medical intervention when the unit is in training. This is a fulltime position and will be at one of five sites: Fort Bliss, Texas; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Fort Drum, New York; Fort Polk, Louisiana; and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The Head/Lead ATC will be responsible to lead a support staff of between 3-6 associate/assistant ATC assigned to the unit, and will act as the liaison between unit staff and contractor. Please see primary responsibilities for details.

This position supports brigade-based Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) Human Performance Teams (multi-disciplinary) focused on optimizing Soldier readiness and performance within the Army’s new H2F System by providing expert coaching on proper body mechanics and efficient movement techniques in the training and field environment and in coordination with the physical therapist (PT). Collects and reports data and recommends and advises the Human Performance Team and unit leadership on all injury issues related to physical readiness training (PRT).

Duties / Primary Responsibilities:
  • Ensure education, instruction, and guidance to Soldiers and BDE leadership, within AT scope of practice is synchronized with the BDE training calendar, to include generating training materials to support the BDE mission requirements and the Commander’s intent. As requested, share best practices, awareness of emerging technology and equipment relevant to the treated population.
  • Coordinate with BDE H2F Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach, Master Fitness Trainers, Master Resilience Trainers, and Brigade Command Sergeant Major as requested/needed to support unit development and execution of training programs in the physical domain for Soldiers with and without physical limitations, IAW FM 7-22, Holistic Health and Fitness.
  • As requested, provide an AT orientation overview brief including at a minimum: ATs introduction and description of services offered, pertinent reasons to seek ATs services, and location/hours of availability as requested. This brief may be conducted as part of a larger in-processing program.
  • Ensure safe and effective operation of equipment used within their work capacity which contributes to a safe working environment. Where deficiencies exist regarding AT supplies, equipment utilization and needs, bring it to the attention of the BDE H2F Program Director.
  • Share best practices and lessons learned in the Monthly Status Report.
  • In coordination with the BDE H2F Program Director and/or the Injury Control Director, attend and participate (i.e., answer questions, provide updates/presentations, receive Commander’s intent) in meetings with BDE leadership as requested and/or required. Review meeting notes/information from the meeting if not present. Prepare and submit reports as requested by the BDE H2F Program Director and/or the Injury Control Director.
  • Attend and participate in meetings with other H2F staff members and medical personal as requested and/or required.
  • Ensure documentation and reporting of data in accordance with guiding instructions.
  • Screen target population for conditions related to readiness and deployability, within scope of practice as defined by the NATA and refer to the clinical supervisor as appropriate and in accordance with standard operating procedures.
  • Apply, evaluate and modify prophylactic and protective equipment and techniques for Soldiers to minimize the risk of injury or re-injury per unit requisitioning procedures.
  • Provide medical screening, assessments and treatment services at designated locations.
  • Provide emergency first aid and immediate treatment for soft-tissue injury, acute inflammation/edema, and pain related to musculoskeletal injury or trauma.
  • Prepare physical profile to document functional limitations up to 7 days, with no more than an additional 7-day extension.
  • If needed, may communicate with the clinical supervisor or privileged provider through virtual health if that is the best method of communication for their location.
  • In accordance with AR 40-66, document in the Service Member’s (SM’s) official electronic health record (EHR) any encounter involving the observation, treatment, or care of a medical condition.
  • Participate in a peer review of ATs documentation in the health care records in accordance with H2F peer review process.
  • Assist with the proper execution of special conditioning programs, such as reconditioning of injured Soldiers and enhanced conditioning of low-fit, high-risk Soldiers IAW FM 7-22.
  • In coordination with the BDE H2F Program Director and/or the Injury Control Director, participate in meetings with the assigned clinical supervisor and or oversight physician to review and evaluate the injury control services provided to Soldiers, discuss medical issues of concern that affect safe and appropriate Soldier care, identify existing problems, identify opportunities to improve delivered care, and provide recommendations for corrective action.
Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from a college or university accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAAT)
  • Master’s degree in a related field (i.e., Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Sports Medicine, etc.) from an accredited university.
  • Licensed and board certified as a Certified Athletic Trainer and hold credentials of Licensed/Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC and/or LAT).
  • An unrestricted state license/registration/certification in any of the 49 regulated states; the District of Colombia; or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, or the US Virgin Islands to provide health care within the scope of practice for ATs per state practice acts.
  • A National Provider Identifier (NPI).
  • Certifications in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross with automated external defibrillators (AED) certification.
  • Experience working with professional and/or collegiate sports and/or military experience.
  • Have five years of relevant AT work experience within the last seven years. Relevant experience is defined as developing and executing task and environment specific functional injury control and health/well-being programs for groups of athletes or Department of Defense/Department of Homeland Security/Department of Justice entities focused on a common sport or mission performance goal.
  • Relevant work experiences managing a staff of ATC’s.
  • Ability to function as an integrated member of a Brigade-based multi-disciplinary team.
  • Knowledge of emerging best practices within the health and fitness industry. Ability to physically train in an austere environment/terrain and lift/manipulate loads up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to gain access to military bases and follow security, environmental, and cyber regulations. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software applications.
  • Ability to operate EMR/HER systems (Electronic Medical Records)
  • Ability to navigate and operate unit SharePoint sites.
  • Local and long-distance travel (<25%) may be required to perform services. AT services may be provided in the following locations: fitness centers/gyms, BDE or administrative areas, outdoors, ranges, field training environments, and at the Soldier Performance Readiness Center (SPRC).
  • Must have U.S. Citizenship.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in Athletic Training or related field.
  • Have five years of relevant AT work experience within the last seven years. Relevant experience is defined as developing and executing task and environment specific functional injury control and health/well-being programs for groups of athletes or Department of Defense/Department of Homeland Security/Department of Justice entities focused on a common sport or mission performance goal.
  • Ability to demonstrate sound management qualities, past staff administration or management preferred.
  • Advanced or post-graduate certification (e.g., FMS, PES, CES, ART, YBT or another relevant cert).
  • SFMA certification.
Locations of Work:
  • Fort Bliss, Texas
  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington
  • Fort Drum, New York
  • Fort Polk, Louisiana
  • Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Point of Contact:

Art Mata
amata@reef-sys.com