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.

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: Michelle Stemper, M.S., ATC


Michelle Stemper enters her fourth year as Northern Vermont University-Johnson' assistant athletic trainer. In addition to managing day-to-day athletic training duties, Stemper will be implementing strength and conditioning programming for the department’s 16 varsity teams.

Stemper comes to Johnson from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., where she spent a year working with the University’s basketball and soccer teams. Prior to her work with the Johnnies, Stemper was a basketball student-athlete at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and earned her Master’s degree in athletic training from the College of St. Scholastica, where she worked with the Saints' baseball and football teams, as well as local high schools.

Her primary sports at Johnson include Men’s & Women’s Soccer, Men’s Golf, Women’s Basketball, Softball and Men’s Tennis