Sports Medicine Staff
Mario Vela, ATC
Sports Medicine Coordinator/
Head Athletic Trainer
Mario Vela, ATC took over as Sports Medicine Coordinator and Head Athletic Trainer at Butte College in Fall of 2002. He held the same job title at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, CA before making his move to Butte College. Prior to his appointment at AHC, Mario worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer at Fresno State University while earning his Masters Degree in Sport Psychology. Before pursuing his Masters Degree, Mario attended the University of the Pacific and received his Bachelors Degree in Sports Medicine. Mario currently resides in Chico with his wife, Shanna, and sons, Brendon and Dustin.
Butte College has a well-established sports medicine team that consists of certified athletic trainers, athletic training students, and team physicians. All of whom work together to ensure the proper care of our student-athletes. Butte College is equipped with a newly opened Sports Medicine Center that is the location for athletes to be evaluated and treated for athletic related injuries. The Sports Medicine staff is in place to maintain the health and well being of all of our student-athletes during their participation in Roadrunner athletics.
The Athletic Training Education Internship is designed to prepare students for a successful transfer to a four-year accredited institution by learning the appropriate procedures in the prevention, care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. By transferring to an accredited institution, students can continue their education to fulfill professional requirements for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification. All students interested in the athletic training profession have the right to work in the Sports Medicine Center under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer in order to gain valuable experience to ensure acceptance to an Athletic Training Education Program of their choice.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Irene Contreras, ATC is the assistant athletic trainer here at Butte College. During her five years in the program, she has gained valuable experience working with a variety of sports, which include football, basketball, soccer and baseball. Coming from a background as a physical therapist aid and currently employed with Avail Physical Therapy as an athletic trainer, Irene is very active in our athletes' rehabilitation of acute injuries and post surgeries. A graduate of Chico State University, Irene has acquired a Bachelor's Degree of Physical Education with the option of Athletic Training. She became a certified athletic trainer in 2005 and plans to return to college to achieve her Master's degree of Kinesiology.