Athletic Trainer Bio

Bob Taylor-AT(1)


Lakeland Rehabilitation- Niles YMCA

W: (269) 683-6800

C: (269) 470-1166


Bob Taylor has been the athletic trainer assigned to Niles High School since 1998. He received his BS in Physical Education, with emphasis areas in athletic training, health education, adapted physical education and coaching from Grand Valley State University in 1993. He is a State of Michigan Licensed Athletic Trainer, Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) through the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and has certifications in both the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA).  Bob is also on various state committees through the MHSAA and Michigan Athletic Trainers Association and is the coordinator for the Southwest Michigan Strength and Conditioning Clinic held at Niles High School every year.  He previously worked at Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central High School for five years before coming to Niles.

Bob also works weekday mornings at Lakeland Rehabilitation at the Niles YMCA, teaches a high school Sports Medicine Career and Technical Education class at Buchanan High School and is an adjunct professor in the Coaching Sport Performance grad program at Western Michigan University-Southwest.

Meet our staff of Lakeland Athletic Trainers:

We would like to introduce you to the Lakeland Athletic Training program. Lakeland Physical Therapy has been contracting athletic training services to local high schools and Lake Michigan College since 1983. This service has provided thousands of athletes quality care in prevention, evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, conditioning and education of athletic injuries. Our staff of Athletic Trainers has dedicated themselves to these student-athletes and their endeavors on and off the field. We are pleased to continue this service for your student-athlete once again this year.

While each school is assigned a primary Athletic Trainer, it is possible that you and your son/daughter will have contact with any of our ATs from Lakeland Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Our current list of schools we cover includes: Buchanan, Bridgman, Berrien Springs, Lakeshore, St. Joseph, Coloma, Watervliet, Lake Michigan Catholic and Lake Michigan College. Please click the link below to see our athletic trainers.

What happens if my son or daughter gets injured?

You will see Bob Taylor five days a week at your school throughout the school year. Although game coverage is a decision mutually agreed upon by your Athletic Director and the Athletic Trainer, Bob is at most home events and travels with varsity football.

If an injury occurs at a time when the AT is not present, please contact Bob through your coach, athletic director or Lakeland Rehabilitation Center at the Niles YMCA (683-6800) or email him at:

Should your son or daughter be seen by a physician and is prescribed physical therapy, we will be happy to assist with scheduling that appointment with one of our experienced group of Physical Therapists, all with expertise in orthopedic injuries. Having your physical therapy provided by Lakeland Rehabilitation Center in Niles helps complete the continuity of care between the Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapist, the Physician and you. Please click the link for more information.

We can be reached at (269) 683-6800 Monday through Thursday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday’s from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm . We are located in the Niles-Buchanan YMCA building on Front St. We are committed to the well-being of your child and look forward to enjoying a safe, healthy and successful season!