Athletic Training

NJC head athletic trainer Nate Kelley examines a soccer player during a recent home match.
NJC head athletic trainer Nate Kelley examines a soccer player during a recent home match.

The Athletic Training program at NJC is in its tenth year.  Under the direction of Nate Kelley, a certified athletic trainer (ATC) by the National Athletic Trainer's Association – Board of Certification. Nate has been at NJC since 2008. NJC is the only two-year college in the state to offer an Associate's Degree in Athletic Training and who has a certified athletic trainer on its full-time staff.

The Athletic Training Program has an emphasis in athletic training but touches on other professions related to Athletic Training including physical and occupational therapy, sports nutrition, and sports psychology, among others.   Students learn current techniques and theory to help prepare for successful transfer to a CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) accredited four-year school to continue their education in athletic training.

The Athletic Training program attracts students because of its unique balance of academic rigor and hands-on experience. Northeastern Junior College provides the opportunity for its athletic training students to work hands on with one of the ten varsity athletic programs (Men's and Women's Basketball, Baseball, Men's & Women's Golf, Men's and Women's Soccer, SoftballVolleyball and Wrestling) as freshmen and sophomores.  Working with teams at 4 year schools is traditionally reserved for Juniors and Seniors.

In addition to providing educational opportunities for students, the Athletic Training program provides much needed medical care to NJC's many student athletes and visiting teams.  The athletic training staff provides medical coverage for most practices and all contests held at NJC.    

In 2017-2018 Northeastern Junior College is implementing a required service for its student athletes called ATS or Athletic Training System.  ATS is an information system designed to be flexible and customizable in assisting athletic trainers track and report information relating to athletes, students or employees.  Typically this information is related to injuries, but includes much more, ranging from evaluations and rehabilitations to drug testing and purchase orders.  

To sign up, follow the links here:ATS Portal  / ATS Directions

All student athletes must complete a pre-particiaption physical which can be found here:PRE-PARTICIPATION PHYSICAL please review and understand the information associated with sickle cell testing.

Uninsured Student-Athletes must purchase the following plan in order to participate. Uninsured Plan.

For questions please contact Nate: email nate.kelley@njc.edu or at (970) 521-6674.