Prescott High School Sports Medicine Program
Welcome to the Prescott High School Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Web Page, where the injured Athlete is our top priority.
What is Athletic Training?
According to the National Athletic Trainers Association, “Athletic Training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of emergent, acute, or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic Training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.” (About Athletic Training, 2018)
How does it work?
At Prescott High School, Students of all ages can be evaluated in the Athletic Training Room, which is located on the east side of the main gym. The Athletic Trainer is available for evaluations and treatments beginning at 1:35 (during seventh hour) and until 3:00PM. On non-game days he is available again from 5:00PM until treatments and evaluations are finished. If an emergency happens between this time, an evaluation can take place at any time. (The gap between 3:00 and 5:00 is for direct monitoring of football, due to increased injury severity and risk.)
If your student athlete receives an injury while participating in PHS Sports, the severity of injury will determine the next procedures.
Injuries can be classified into the following categories.
Minor Injuries- Minor injuries will be treated on site and followed up in the athletic training room.
Moderate Injuries- A moderate injury means the athlete may miss a game or practice. If this is the case, the parent will be emailed through the use of Register My Athlete. A moderate injury may or may not require a referral to a physician. If an athlete is referred to a physician, they will not be able to return to athletics at the high school until the physician provides a clearance note. This note can be given to the Athletic Trainer directly or it can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The clearance note will be followed directly according to the physician’s specific notes and must clarify the specific injury that the student athlete is being cleared for.
Serious Injuries- With a serious injury, the athlete will receive initial treatment. The primary guardian listed on Register My Athlete will be notified via phone call. The Athlete will be referred to a physician or health care facility of choice.
Severe Injuries- If a severe injury is suspected, the primary guardian will be contacted to transport the athlete. If deemed necessary by the athletic trainer, an ambulance may be called for transportation, and the parent will be notified.
If an athlete has an appointment with a physician, that athlete is in the care of that physician. The athlete must be cleared by the Physician before returning to participation. If the athletic trainer is not comfortable with the athlete participating, they can remove the athlete from participation as well even with a physician’s clearance.
Also note that a Physical Therapist cannot clear a student athlete for participation and that the decision is made by the physician.
Arizona Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainers must complete the following:
Earned a B.S. or M.S. Degree from an institution accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE)
Have passed a comprehensive exam administered by the Board of Certification, BOC Inc.; an independent cooperation that reviews the standards of practice and continuing education requirements (bocatc.org)
Have been licensed by the Arizona Board of Medical Examiners
Seek Ongoing mandatory continuing education as part of professional practice requirements. This continuing education may result in the achievement of additional qualifications and an enhanced skill set.
For more information about the athletic training profession, please visit. https://www.nata.org/
About Athletic Training. (2018). Retrieved from National Athletic Trainers Association: https://www.nata.org/about/athletic-training