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SMCC Sports Medicine


The Athletic Training Room’s primary function is to prevent, treat and rehabilitate injuries sustained by student-athletes. A major emphasis is placed on injury prevention.  In the event that an injury does occur, a complete treatment and rehabilitation plan is implemented to ensure a safe return to competition. Student-athletes are cautioned not to take injuries lightly, to report injuries as soon as they occur, and to utilize the expertise and knowledge of the Athletic Training staff to minimize time lost from practice and competition. Some injuries that occur may be more serious in nature and require referral to specialists and/or specialized physical therapy services. The athletes at South Mountain CC are fortunate in having the services of highly skilled medical professionals available in the greater Phoenix area to assist in consultation of more problematic athletic injuries.

Operational hours (during the academic year): 

Mon –Fri: 10:30 a.m. –6:00 p.m.* 

*other hours determined by sports specific coverage 

Pre-Particpation Physical Form


• Report for all treatment, rehab, and doctor appointments on time. 

• Arrange treatment and rehabilitation times so they do not interfere with class and practice times. 

• The Athletic Training Room is a co-educational facility. Proper attire and conduct are mandatory. 

• No food or drink are allowed in the training room. 

• Allow adequate time for treatment and rehabilitation prior to practice. Remember, several of your teammates may be getting treated as well. The athletic training room is not an excuse to be late. 

• Equipment checked out to you from the athletic training room is to be returned when you are no longer using it. 

• If you are sick or if you need to see a doctor, contact the Head Athletic Trainer as soon as possible so that care can be coordinated. If the problem is an emergency, dial 911 or go directly to the hospital and contact your athletic trainer as soon as possible.


All student-athletes participating in any one of the NJCAA certified sports must have passed a physical examination and provide documentation for an EKG that has been administered by a qualified health care professional (MD / DO) licensed to administer physical examinations and EKG prior to the first practice for each calendar year in which they compete. 


The Athletic Training Staff will make every effort to provide the best possible health care to the student-athlete. Immediate first aid and evaluation of injuries will be administered by the athletic training staff. If necessary, referral to a team physician will be coordinated by the head athletic trainer. Medical diagnosis and prescribed treatment will be made through the team physician’s office. All appointments and referrals to any doctor or consultant shall be coordinated through the Athletic Training Department.  South Mountain CC will only pay medical bills related to services provided after a referral from a South Mountain CC team physician. Student-athletes should see the South Mountain CC Head Athletic Trainer and/or team physician before receiving medical care. The physician is the final authority in determining when an injured athlete may return to practice or competition. If an injury or illness occurs after training room hours, please contact your athletic trainer.  If the injury or illness is life threatening, call 911.


Use of the athletic training room is strictly for those individuals who have completed a required preseason physical examination, are on an official athletic team roster, and are eligible under the NJCAA to receive treatment. The athletic training room will be locked when the training room is not in use. No student-athlete will be allowed in the training room at any facility without supervision. The athletic training staff must operate all therapeutic modalities. No video recording will be allowed in any Sports Medicine facility without prior approval. 


It is the policy of the South Mountain CC Athletic Department that ALL student-athletes refrain from the use of tobacco, drugs, and alcohol while on campus or at any time when representing South Mountain Community College or one of its athletic teams. It is the policy of the South Mountain CC Athletic Department not to condone the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco or any drug. It is the policy of the South Mountain CC Athletic Department not to provide, permit or condone the use of anabolic steroids. (See Student Code of Conduct ADD LINK) Note: Possession or use of anabolic steroids is classified as a felony.


The hardship provision of the NJCAA is available to student-athletes who are unable to complete a season of competition or did not satisfy one of the other eligibility rules as a result of any injury, illness or some type of an emergency beyond their control. A Hardship can involve an injury or illness which results in the student-athlete’s inability to complete a season. Prior to the injury or illness, a student-athlete must not have participated in more than 30 percent of the college’s regular season schedule or have participated in no more than two of the institution’s completed events in that sport, whichever number is greater. The injury or illness must also have occurred in the first half of the schedule resulting in the student-athlete being incapacitated for the remainder of the season. (for more information on amateur status go to

Head Athletic Trainer Angela Calicchio: 602-243-8232 or 435-640-2097 or

Angela Calicchio joined the South Mountain Community College athletic department as head athletic trainer in August 2021. A former assistant athletic trainer and graduate assistant at Southern Utah University, Calicchio returns to intercollegiate athletic training with the Cougars. 

Most recently, Calicchio spent two years as the head athletic trainer at Woodinville High School in conjunction with Seattle Children’s Hospital in Washington. She provided athletic training services for practices and home events for 25 sports, and also managed injury prevention, evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation and concussion protocols.

Prior to her stint in Washington, Calicchio spent seven years as an assistant athletic trainer and certified athletic trainer for the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in Cedar City, Utah. She worked with SUU women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, women’s basketball and softball, and served as a preceptor for the SUU Undergraduate Athletic Training Program.

She also spent three years as an insurance coordinator at SUU and was a graduate assistant for two years at the school.

She is a member the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, holds a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer certification, and is a licensed Athletic Trainer in the state of Arizona.

Calicchio graduated from Southern Utah in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training and Exercise Science. She then received her Master’s of Science in Sports Conditioning and Performance from SUU in 2016.

Assistant Atheltic Trainer Marissa Carafa: 602-243-8232 or

Marissa Carafa joined the South Mountain Community College athletic department as an assistant athletic trainer in January 2021. 

Carafa comes to SMCC having received her Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training in 2020 from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. She is currently attending A.T. Still University to earn a Master's of Science in Athletic Training. 

Carafa has also worked at the Banner Sports Medicine and Concussion Center since August 2020 and as an Athletic Trainer for AT Direct Sports Medicine since November 2020. 

She also completed an ATEP externship rotation with the Lafayette College Sports Medicine Division I football team and Rehabilitation Clinic.