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ACP-Erie High School Athletic Training


Athletic Trainer’s Office: (480)-424-8087 ext: 5524



Athletic Training Clinical Hours:

Weekdays: 12:00pm – end of activities*

Weekends: Games and Tournaments*

*Hours Subject to Change


The athletic training clinic is located between the locker rooms near the football/soccer fields.

Medical Team:

Certified Athletic Trainers – Jacob Tafoya AT, ATC  ~   Amy Patrick AT, ATC

Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes. The NATA Code of Ethics states the principles of ethical behavior that should be followed in the practice of athletic training.

Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skillset, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, and 70% of ATs have a master’s degree. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more information regarding athletic training at Arizona College Preparatory High School, please feel free to contact us.

Team Physician – Dr. Doug S. Clouse, MD      (480) 899-4333        

Dr. Doug S. Clouse is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon that established his practice in the East Valley in 2008. He completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship and his practice has an emphasis on treating conditions of the shoulder and knee in all age groups. He provides medical care to the athletes at ACP –E.  As the team physician, Dr. Clouse oversees all medical care provided by the athletic trainer to the student athletes and has the final authority regarding clearance of any and all athletes at ACP-E, unless he defers this decision to another physician.


Student Assistants

Any student under the supervision of the Head Athletic Trainer and in good standings with the school may be allowed to travel with the teams as a first aide responder, upon their parent’s, coach’s, and athletic trainer’s permission.  If injuries occur while the student assistant is assisting the Athletic Trainer, the student is not allowed to make any medical decision or give out any over the counter medications to anyone!!!!  The student assistants are there to assist the Athletic Trainer only.

In order to assure that your athlete(s) are receiving the best treatment possible, please follow these guidelines for the athletic training room:

Please contact us or encourage your son or daughter to come see us if there are any injury or illness concerns, especially relating to athletics.  While all athletic participation includes the risk of injury, we are here to help make sure your student/athlete(s) are as safe and healthy while participating in school sports as we can.

If your son or daughter goes to see a doctor, or another healthcare provider, for any medical reason, he/she MUST bring a clearance note to us upon return to activity or school.  This is to assure that the athlete does not return to participation when he/she is at an increased risk of injury.  For example many non-sports related conditions, like fever and mono, are disqualifying conditions that must be cleared by a physician for return to play.

The more communication we have with other healthcare providers working with your athlete(s), the better we can assist your athlete(s) while they are participating in high school athletics.  When you go with your child to an appointment please ALWAYS ask for a note as they are never unnecessary.  Notes should include, but are not limited to, the following information:


    1. Diagnosis
    2. Treatment needed (including tape, icing, heat, etc…we do not have e-stim or ultrasound available at the high school)
    3. Exercises/Activities they are and are not allowed to do (i.e. activities or limitations)
    4. Clearance (date, any conditions to the clearance, special needs, etc.)
    5. Any prescription medication taken, especially if they have athletic implications
    6. Any other information deemed necessary

Unfortunately, once your son or daughter has been referred to or seen by a physician, even if he/she is not referred, he/she will not be able to return to participation without a clearance note from the physician.

At this time Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, or other healthcare providers not authorized by the AIA, CANNOT clear an athlete that has been or currently is seeing a physician for ANY medical condition unless the attending physician has cleared the athlete as well.

All re-usable items (including ace wraps, crutches, splints, etc) should be checked out by the athlete and must be returned as soon as possible.  Athletes are expected to turn all checked out items back in to the Athletic Trainers at the end of each season, even if the athlete will continue to use it.  Athletes will be held responsible for any items not returned or returned in less than satisfactory condition.

If your athlete is prescribed medication that may need to be transported with him/her (including inhalers and epi-pens), please bring the medications to the athletic training room so that they can be documented and, if needed, stored in the appropriate location.  Please make sure the athlete’s name, medication name, dosage information, expiration date, doctor’s name, etc. are on the medication’s container.  The easiest way to do this is to have the pharmacist place a label on the container itself, rather than just on the packaging.  With this information on the medication, it can be carried with the coach or in the kit in case the athlete needs to use it.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have regarding these guidelines.