Athletic Training

Prime is one of the first athletic trainer-owned clinics in the country. An athletic trainer is a certified and licensed health care professional who provides injury prevention services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Getting you back in the game. Whatever the game may be. Using functional exercises, stretching and movement to help you achieve your goals. The Athletic Trainers at Prime help Bellingham athletes and active people maintain healthy, active lifestyles. 


Think of an Athletic Trainer (AT) as a 'point guard' for your healthcare.  

AT's can tie in with any of the healthcare professionals you see including physicians, physical therapists, surgeons, registered dietitians, mental health providers, and many other specialists.

Athletic Trainers can help you be more proactive and less reactive with your healthcare.  AT's help by diagnosing an injury, uncovering an imbalance before it leads to an injury, providing treatment, prescribing exercises, and collaborating on your behalf with the other members of your healthcare team.

When should I consider scheduling an appointment with an athletic trainer?  

  • If you have an injury that needs to be evaluated and want a plan of what to do next...  
  • As you're waiting for an appointment with your doctor or a physical therapist...
  • Before surgery to help you build strength and recover faster...
  • At the beginning of the season to screen for potential injuries & come up with a preventative plan...
  • As an option to the ER or Urgent Care; come see an AT for minor injuries like sprains or strains...

Learn more about athletic trainers through the following resources:

Meet OUR Athletic Trainers

Matthew Pettersen

I believe the best care comes from being hands on when possible, using manual therapy techniques and encouraging my patients to maintain their body to stay in optimal shape, producing the best results in competition.

This preventive philosophy decreases, or eliminates, the majority of conditions by recognizing and treating minor issues before they progress into something much worse. This emphasis on properly maintaining the body and taking preventive measures also closely parallels a primary focus here at Prime Sports Institute.  

LICENSING: #A160857484


Knowledgeable, professional, innovative, team player with 17 years of experience providing health care to patients in the physical therapy, high school, Division I college athletic settings, and professional athletes. Community-focused individual who focuses on creating an individualized experience for clients.

LICENSING:  #A160050015, #MA60301642



During an athletic training session, you can expect to work on functional exercises and stretches that are individualized to your needs.  

You can expect to come away with an emailed plan with videos as a reference to remember how to perform each exercise properly.  

Our goal is to help educate you with the specific steps to take and empower you with the most essential tools you need to get and stay healthy.


Be sure to select an appointment time that allows us to meet your goals for each session.  If you aren't quite sure which length of appointment to choose give us a call or send us an email so our team can make the best recommendation possible.


Your athletic training appointment may also include treatment such as soft tissue work, cupping, Graston, manual therapy, assisted stretching, or specialty taping.  


Even if you only have 30 minutes, there's a lot we can accomplish to help you feel better and get clear on the very next step(s) to take.  


Please have a referral from another licensed health care provider (Physician, Chiropractor, Massage Therapist, Naturopath, etc).


If you're a new client, we recommend you schedule an initial 60-minute session that will include an evaluation using orthopedic and musculoskeletal tests.

Kerry Gustafson, LAT, ATC, LMT
  • 30-min session - $75
  • 60-min session - $110
  • 90-min session - $140
Matthew Pettersen, LAT, ATC
  • 30-min session - $50
  • 60-min session - $90
  • 90-min session - $120