Doctorate degree from an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) accredited institution specifically for Physical Therapy.
Training and Experience:
Must possess and maintain an active, current, and unrestricted license from a US jurisdiction. Possess certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) as either an orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS) or sports certified specialist (SCS), or certification through the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) as a certified athletic trainer is required. Must have experienceworking with professional and/or collegiate athletes, or equivalent. A minimum of four (4) years' experience is desired. Must have experience working in an orthopedic out-patient physical therapy clinic or sports medicine clinic. Possess current certification in basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to include Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training.
Possess oral and written communication skills in order to meaningfully interact with peers, outside agencies, vendors, providers, and Military Health System (MHS) stakeholders to exchange information, provide briefings and presentations, participate in research, and develop metrics to advance effective and efficient aircrew neck and back pain prevention. Skill in effective team dynamics in order to facilitate the exchange of information/education, enhance goal achievement, and identify change in system or policy at any level. Knowledge of local, state, federal laws, Air Force guidance, DoD guidance, and professional code of ethics and practice standards in order to ensure adherence within legal and professional parameters. Knowledge and skill in using quality and risk management programs to identify issues to improve practice and ensure compliance. Knowledge of computers and software applications in order to conduct data collection, tracking, trending, and analysis. Ability to design and present computer-generated outcome analysis information in order to provide timely, effective peer and higher level educational programs or project briefings.
Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications.
Must complete application for a T1 investigation and be approved.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Initial Evaluation: Evaluate and provide per-habilitation for all assigned fighter aircrew. Fully communicate with medical provider in the MTF (when appropriate). Perform initial evaluation, design individual training program, and establish records for all fighter aircrew personnel within 90 days of contract start. Follow-up appointments will be based on need, prehabilitation plans, and any potential coordination with members' healthcare team.
Develop Individualized Program (IP) for each member served: The PT, working with any other team members, to include strength and conditioning coach, athletic trainer, or members of the local MTF medical team when appropriate, will develop an IP for each assigned aircrew member. The goals of this IP are to increase neck and back conditioning and overall health to minimize the risk of neck and back injury and to minimize the severity of any injury experienced by the member.
Program Implementation Phase: After an IP has been developed the PT, as part of the OHWS team, will guide ongoing implementation of the IP. The OHWS team will encourage regular participation of the member working on the IP. The OHWS team will monitor progress and continually reassess and adjust the IP to ensure the member is making the best progress possible.
Advise unit commanders on matters related to injury prevention and rehabilitation. Identify opportunities for improvement. Develop protocols and standard operating procedures (SOP) for fitness programs.
Advise unit commanders of administrative matters, purchasing of supplies and equipment, and supplemental fiscal requests related to interventions and professional services provided.
Conduct equipment, product, and literature reviews to ensure that the OHWS program continues to improve as our understanding of injury prevention evolves.
Communicate with the servicing MTF when an aircrew member has a medical condition or injury requiring medical care.
Refer fighter aircrew personnel with a new duty-limiting condition to the servicing MTF.
Ensure safe and effective operation of equipment and contribute to a safe working environment.
Attend annual required training IAW guiding instructions. Unit leadership will allow for attendance at necessary conferences or courses to complete continuing education units required to maintain certification.
Provide Human Performance and Prehabilitative trending metrics report to include: musculoskeletal pain, duration of pain, origin of pain, types of pain, conditions which may require surgery, and trends of musculoskeletal pain over periods of time. Metrics will also capture lost duty time due to aeromedical disposition of DNIF as well as personnel removed from training status/duties (i.e. # days out of training), aircrew perceptions of neck and back pain, aircrew perceptions of overall effectiveness of the OHWS program, duty and deployment limiting profiles, flying waiver information related to neck and back pain, and Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) information related to neck and back pain. Human Performance metrics shall also be gathered to assess fighter aircrew compliance with the OHWS program. Relevant factors for the human performance metrics will include low back and neck strength and range of motion. Other metrics may be requested as the program matures and new information is available to guide new measures to improve aircrew performance and to improve the OHWS program.
Perform other incidental and related duties as required and assigned.
Program Manager will be based at a home location. Travel required.