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Athletic Training


American River College is proud of its athletic training program and facilities. The athletic trainers offer quality medical care to the student athletes and staff at ARC.  The athletic trainers are responsible for the prevention, care, treatment and rehabilitation of our student athletes. The athletic training staff is first on the scene when an injury occurs. It is the athletic trainer's responsibility to evaluate the injury and determine the next course of action. That action is often treatment and rehabilitation in the athletic training room by our athletic training staff. One of the objectives of the athletic training program is to return the injured athlete back to full activity as quickly and safely as possible. The athletic trainers are able to provide individual care, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries allowing the athlete to return to their pre-injury performance level. Whatever the case may be, it is up to the athletic trainer to make the correct assessment and plot the proper course for full recovery.

About the Program

American River College is a clinical site for California State University, Sacramento Athletic Training Education Program.  As a clinical site ARC provides students who are majoring in athletic training the opportunity to gain the knowledge and experience.  Students who are selected into the athletic training program at CSUS are required to rotate through ARC’s clinical site in order to earn their Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training.  Athletic Trainers Gil Bejarano and Michelle Whitehead are Approved Clinical Instructors that oversee the athletic training students during their rotation at ARC.  The volume of athletes and the variety of sports that are at ARC give the student athletic trainers the valuable experience needed to succeed in their chosen profession.


The classes offered are: 

     KINES 330:  Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
     KINES 334:  Practical Applications in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine

     The athletic trainers are also involved with the Fitness Certificate Program offered at American River College:

     KINES 404:        Identification and Management of Fitness Injuries




Athletic Physical Forms

All new and returning athletes must fill out and turn in all the forms below to the Athletic Training Room prior to the start of your sport’s practice.



If a student or student-athlete is interested in becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer, American River College offers a transfer degree program in sports medicine. Click here for more information.







Athletic Trainer

Gil Bejarano

(916) 484-8775


Gil Bejarano, ATC has been at American River College since 2006. He earned a B.S. in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from CSU, Sacramento in 1994. Gil has worked in many athletic training settings. He began his career working clinically for HealthSouth as the Sports Medicine Outreach Coordinator. From 1996 until 2006, Gil had worked traditionally for several area high schools. Gil has also had the opportunity to provide athletic training services for the Olympic Track & Field Trials.

Athletic Trainer

Michelle Whitehead

(916) 484-8976

Michelle Whitehead, ATC earned his B.S. in Athletic Training from Brigham Young University in 2007 and a M.S. in Kinesiology emphasis in Sport Performance from CSU, Sacramento in 2010. From 2008-2010 Michelle worked primarily with CSU, Sacramento women’s soccer and gymnastics. Michelle has been at American River College since 2011.

Athletic Trainer/ ARC Athletic Training Education Faculty

Tim Finnecy

(916) 484-8976

Athletic Trainer/ ARC Athletic Training Education Faculty Tim Finnecy is a certified athletic trainer responsible for the Sports Medicine degree and Fitness Specialist certificate programs at American River College. He received his B.S. in Athletic Training and Secondary Education, Science from West Virginia University and his Masters Degree in Physical Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is a lifelong Pittsburgh Pirates fan. Tim has worked at almost all levels of athletic training at some point during his career. He has worked at the high school level, physical therapy clinic, four-year college/university level and the community college level since graduating from WVU in 1986. He has been at ARC since 1990.


American River College is proud to have team physicians from the UC Davis Sports Medicine Program that work hand in hand with the Athletic Trainers at American River College. Team Physicians for American River College are Orthopedic Surgeon Richard A. Marder and Sports Medicine Specialist Jeffrey L. Tanji who both started at ARC in 1995. Both Dr. Marder and Dr. Tanji are co-directors of the nationally renowned UC Davis Sports Medicine Program and offer many years of clinical expertise.

Richard A. Marder, M.D.

Dr. Richard A. Marder currently serves as a Professor, Chief of Sports Medicine, and Acting Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics. Dr. Marder is a highly respected sports medicine surgeon. His areas of clinical expertise include arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction. Dr. Marder has been the head physician for the Sacramento Kings since 1987 and currently serves as team physician for UC Davis Athletics as well as American River College.

Jeffrey L. Tanji, M.D.

Dr. Jeffrey Tanji is a renowned sports medicine specialist that specializes in treating non-operative musculoskeletal conditions such as strains, sprains, overuse problems and fractures. Dr. Tanji is a past president of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Tanji has served as the team physicians for the previous Sacramento Monarchs and is currently the team physician for the Sacramento Kings, intercollegiate sports at UC Davis, and athletics at American River College.

If a student or student-athlete is interested in becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer, American River College offers a transfer degree program in sports medicine. Click here for more information.