Athletic Training

Medical Information

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Team Physician

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Visiting Team Information

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Athletic Training Internship

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Athletic Training Policies

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Strength and Conditioning

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Northern Vermont University-Johnson Athletic Training Mission Statement

The athletic trainers at Northern Vermont University-Johnson provide medical care to all varsity student-athletes. Our mission is to return injured student-athletes to play as quickly as it is safe to do so and keep our student-athletes healthy. At least one athletic trainer covers all varsity athletic competitions that occur on campus and all contact practices and both athletic trainers are directly involved with every varsity team on campus. 

We offer treatments ranging from immediate care of traumatic injuries and injury evaluation to physical rehabilitation through the use of manual therapy, therapeutic modalities, rehabilitative exercise, bracing, and taping techniques.  Whenever it is in the best interest of a student-athlete we make referrals to orthopedic physicians, the Campus Health Center, the Counseling Center, and any other relevent medical professionals to assure that our student-athletes are receiving the best care possible.  We work closely with other healthcare providers to return our Badgers to play after injuries that require care outside of our scope of practice.


Athletic Training Staff: 

Head Athletic Trainer: James Nichols, M.S., ATC


James Nichols was hired as the Head Athletic Trainer in August of 2014.  For the previous 10 years, James served as an assistant athletic trainer at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville KY.  His experiences during that time included working with Men’s and Women’s Wrestling, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s and Women’s Track & Field, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, and Football. James has worked with 6 individual national champions, 2 national championship teams, and over 30 All-Americans. 

A native of Winsted, CT., Nichols received his Bachelor of Science from Castleton State College in 2003.  In 2004, Nichols received his Masters of Science from Ohio University. While in Ohio, he worked as the athletic trainer at Gallia Academy High School in Gallipolis, Ohio.  He received his certification from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2004.

He and his wife, Susan, currently reside in Hyde Park, Vermont.

His primary sports at Johnson are Women’s Tennis, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s & Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Basketball Men’s Lacrosse and Women's Triathlon.



Assistant Athletic Trainer: Ben Michon



Michon joins the Badgers after graduating from Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts earning a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. During his time at Lasell, Michon worked with men's soccer, women's basketball, cross-country, and men's and women's lacrosse. Michon's main responsibilities was facilitating return to play care for athletes. Prior to his clinical experience at Lasell College, in the spring of 2018, Michon spent time working at St. Sebastian's School in Needham, Massachusetts where he developed extensive exposure to concussion recognition, testing and treatment and worked with both winter and spring sports. Michon also spent time at the College of Holy Cross working with the football program in the fall of 2017.

Along with his athletic training responsibilities, Michon will be the head of strength and conditioning for the Badgers.