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Athletic Training

 Genesee Community College Athletic Training


Athletic Training

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize patient and client activity and participation in athletics, work, and life. The practice of athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination and assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of emergent, acute, subacute, and chronic neuromusculoskeletal conditions.  Athletic trainers are the only health care professionals whose expertise in prevention ranges from minor sprains to catastrophic head and neck injuries and from minor illnesses to exertional heat syndrome. Athletic trainers are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals, and are under the allied health professions category as defined by Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


Goals and Philosophy


The goal of the athletic training staff at Genesee Community College is to provide high quality comprehensive sports medicine care for all sports-related injuries and illnesses. We are committed to the health and well-being of the student-athletes, and this commitment is achieved by consistently seeking the best way to deliver quality health care to each student-athlete. 


The Athletic Training staff is comprised of one full-time and one part time certified athletic trainer, who work together to coordinate and deliver professional and comprehensive evaluation techniques, preventative treatment, rehabilitation and counseling services to all GCC student-athletes.  Both certified athletic trainers possess master's degrees, are nationally board certified, and are state licensed and regulated allied health care workers who practice the arts of athletic training at the highest professional standards.


Training Room Hours


Training room hours are dependent on the number of sports in season, competition and practice schedules, and the availability of the athletic training staff.  Generally, the training room will be open 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday two hours prior to a home event. The training room will also be open post-game as needed.  Hours on the weekend (Saturday-Sunday) will vary depending on practice and competition schedules. 

Athletic Training Room Facility


The athletic training room at Genesee Community College is located off the northwest corner of the gymnasium room number A143.  The following treatment modalities are available: Ice, heat electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, and laser therapy.




  Amber Nichols                                                Jeff Engels          

  Head Athletic Trainer                                         Assistant Athletic Trainer   


Pre-Participation Physical Exam/ Medical Forms


As required by the NJCAA every student-athlete MUST receive an annual physical exam in order to try-out for a team or participate in a practice session at Genesee Community College.


It is the responsibility of the Genesee Community College Athletic Training staff to make sure every student-athlete who wants to participate in athletics has an up to date physical, has provided proof of insurance, and that all pre-participation paperwork has been completed. If these forms are not filled out completely the student-athlete will NOT be allowed to try out or participate with a Genesee athletic team. Once all pre- participation paperwork is submitted and approved by one of the Athletic Trainers the student-athlete will be fully cleared to participate in tryouts or practices.

Physicals are required prior to athletic participation. Student athletes will NOT be allowed to participate in any physical activity until he/she has completed a physical examination.  The head coach, in coordination with the Director of Athletics and Nurses office will arrange a time for physical examinations at the college prior to the first scheduled practice.  Students who miss the scheduled time for team physicals will be responsible for securing a physical on their own, prior to practicing with the team. 


Attached is the physical forms which must be completed and returned to the Head Athletic Trainer prior to the first day of practice.  Click here for physical forms




Forms should be completed and returned to:

Genesee Community College
ATTN: Amber Nichols, Head Athletic Trainer
One College Rd Batavia, NY 14020
Phone: (585) 343-0055 ext.6197
Fax: (585) 343-1869




Student-athletes are required to carry their own primary health insurance policies for times of injuries and illness. A photocopy of the student-athlete medical insurance card (front and back) must be on file with the Sports Medicine Department prior to the student-athlete being cleared to participate.  If a student-athlete does not have insurance that covers athletic participation, information will be provided regarding medical insurance.  All full-time GCC students carry accident insurance in order to serve as a secondary policy in case of athletic injury.  Illnesses and pre-existing injuries are NOT covered as part of this policy.  For more information about insurance programs at Genesee Community College, please contact the Health Office at, call 585-345-6835, or fax 585-345-6816.


Medical Treatment

Genesee Community College Athletic Training Staff (ATC) provides care only for injuries sustained while participating in your selected intercollegiate sport during the academic year. SUNY GCC is not required to provide medical treatment for illness or injury resulting outside of your intercollegiate sport. The student-athlete is responsible for reporting all injuries and illnesses as a result of practice or competition to the Athletic Trainer (ATC) as soon as possible from the occurrence.