Jacob Mitchell

Senior Rehabilitation Therapist, Ealing Trailfinders RFC

Jacob graduated from the University of Hull in 2014 with a BSc (Hons) in Sport Rehabilitation. During his time at the University, and since graduating, Jacob has gained experience working with a wide variety of professional sports teams. Alongside his full-time role in sport, he also runs an injury clinic for the public and is currently working towards becoming an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

As a student Jacob undertook placements with Hull KR, Hull City Tigers and Somerset County Cricket, and he also worked with New Zealand for the duration of their Rugby League World Cup campaign in 2013. Upon graduating Jacob undertook an internship with Leicester Tigers before going on to work as a Rehabilitation Therapist with various professional rugby clubs, including his current team Ealing Trailfinders.

In his role at Ealing, Jacob is responsible for the effective treatment and rehabilitation of 40+ full-time professional rugby players, and he works closely with an excellent multi-disciplinary team (MDT) including coaches, sports scientists, strength and conditioning staff, physiotherapists and sports medicine doctors. Jacob believes the communication skills he developed at university, and especially at the Student Thesis Conference, have served him well in the working world, allowing him to comfortably present ideas to the MDT, as well as delivering information to large groups of players.

For his undergraduate dissertation Jacob decided to divert from his sporting focus and instead conducted a research project entitled “The effect of the ReWalk exoskeleton on posture and lung function in wheelchair-bound individuals”. Jacob found working with the paraplegic population in the study extremely rewarding, and that it tested his communication and handling skills in a very different way compared to working with a sporting population.

Jacob is excited to share with you his experience, including the ups and downs of working in professional sport, and will discuss what he believes is key to building a successful career and positive working relationships, regardless of the path you decide to take upon graduating university.