Minor League Rehab Physical Therapist Intern

San Diego Padres

Minor League Rehab Physical Therapist Intern

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Level of Position

Rehab Intern: Peoria, AZ

Job Status

Full Time

Contact Person

Tanner Fields

Method of Contact

Email: tfields@padres.com


Job Brief

We are looking for a committed, full time Physical Therapy Intern to assist in the rehabilitation of professional baseball players throughout the San Diego Padres Organization at our spring training facility in Peoria, Arizona. You will work under the direct supervision of two minor league physical therapists and with various members of the Padres coaching and medical staffs to restore the players function, enhance performance, prevent injury, increase durability, and return the player to full prior level of participation. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Medical Duties:

  • Treatment and rehabilitation of Major and Minor League baseball players as directed by supervising physical therapist. Including but not limited to:
    • Supervision and instruction of corrective exercise programs
    • Supervision of throwing programs, hitting progressions, and running progressions
    • Administration of modalities
    • Administration of manual therapy techniques
    • Evaluation of injured athletes
  • Assist in the execution of individual, player centered care plans, activity progressions, throwing progressions, and post-operative rehabilitation protocols as directed by supervising physical therapist.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of health and performance screening processes.
  • Assist in data collection, analysis and implementation of baseball related medical studies
  • Provide quality, personalized, and evidence-based care with best available interventions as directed by supervising physical therapist.
  • Consult and practice with other members of the Padres Medical Staff (strength coaches, athletic trainers, coaching staff, etc.)
  • Provide effective and concise communication regarding player status and care with members of coaching staff, front office, and all levels of organizational medical staff.
  • Promote and provide an example of a healthy lifestyle, fitness, and wellness.
  • Promote, facilitate, and be an example of lifelong learning, critical thinking, and creativity in your practice.
  • Follow professional guidelines, laws, and standards set by Professional, Federal, and State Licensing board.
  • Organize and maintain a professional medical training room:
    •  Availability for players and staff to render treatment and assistance prior to daily schedule.
  • Adhere to OSHA & MLB medical facility/training room rules and policies.
  • Maintain a clean and safe training room.
  • Organize and secure all medical supplies and rehabilitation equipment.
  • Maintain professional dress code and behavior during work.
  • Be aware of Emergency Action Plan with Affiliate and Local EMS

Administrative Duties:

  • Establish and update player and staff electronic medical record and hard file.
  • Daily documentation of objective findings, treatments, doctor appointments, correspondence from doctors, diagnostic testing, and any other relevant medical information pertaining to individual.
  • Establish and maintain rapport with local and organizational team physicians.
  • Assist with research and development of pre-operative, surgical, and post-operative data/best practices across baseball as related to common baseball pathologies.

Job Requirements

Must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Graduate of or currently enrolled in a physical therapist degree program (DPT or MPT) from a CAPTE- accredited physical therapist education program.
  • Application to sit for physical therapy licensure as per FSBPT.
  • Available to work 6-8 hours/day up to 6 days a week.
  • Physical requirements as per that of an orthopedic/sports manual physical therapist including, but not limited to:
    • Ability to stand for long periods of time.
    • Ability to provide manual intervention and resistive exercise to professional baseball players.
    • Ability to demonstrate complex movement patterns and exercises.
    • Ability to throw/play catch with rehabilitating players.
    • Ability to transfer and lift patients independently.
  • The intern will be required to present original research regarding baseball related health, injuries, performance, or demographics collected during the one year internship.

Limitation of Intern:

  • The intern will not individually direct treatment, create plans of care, create rehabilitation progressions, or conditioning plans.
  • The intern will not make changes to existing plans of care, rehab progressions, and on-field activity.
  • The intern will not try new treatment approaches without the knowledge of supervising physical therapist.