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What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. For more information visit:

Meet the Jackets' Athletic Trainer

Mr. Philip Gandolfo ATC, LAT is in his first year at Leesburg High School as the Head Athletic Trainer. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Central Florida in 2013. Upon completing his degree he became a Certified Athletic Trainer by completing the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (BOC) certification exam. He is both Licensed through the Florida Department of Health and Certified by the BOC to practice athletic training. He comes to us from Colonial High school where he served as the Head Athletic Trainer and sports medicine teacher for 2 years.

Leesburg Athletic Training Services

A Certified Licensed Athletic Trainer will be at every home athletic event at Leesburg High School. There is also an on-campus athletic training room/clinic available to all IN-SEASON student-athletes free of charge.  Due to liability limitations, injuries that occur out of a student-athlete’s season or that are unrelated to their LHS sport (i.e., occur off campus, with club sports, over the weekend, etc.) will be referred to their primary care physician. No exceptions.

The Athletic Training room is located in building 19-001 which is directly in front of the baseball and softball fields.

Immediately after school, in-season athletes may come into the athletic training room for pre-practice taping, treatment, rehabilitation, and evaluations (acute and/or chronic injuries).  Taping is reserved for injured athletes who are consistently performing therapy in the clinic to rehabilitate the injured area. If a student would like to be taped all the time or only for competition with no current injury, they can bring their own tape.  

Leesburg High School's Team Physicians

Leesburg High School has teamed up with Dr. Varma and the Florida Sports Medicine staff. Dr. Varma is a double board certified and double sports fellowship trained Orthopedic Surgeon and has been living and practicing in Clermont and Central Florida since 2008. He trained in one of his sports fellowships under world renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Injured student-athletes at LHS requiring further medical care receive priority scheduling at Florida Sports Injury. Be sure to report all injuries to LHS' Athletic Trainer before scheduling an appointment with Dr. Varma.For more information about Dr. Varma and Florida Sports Injury please visit

Florida Sports Injury - Treating a Minor Form

Doctor's Notes

Any student-athlete that has been evaluated by our athletic training staff and been referred to a doctor, or that takes it upon themselves to visit a doctor MUST bring in a doctor’s note stating whether or not they are cleared to participate in their sport. This clearance note MUST be given to our athletic training staff and not given to attendance, guidance, or any coaches. If a student-athlete has missed school because of a doctor’s visit, two copies will be needed: one for attendance and one for the athletic trainer. Please understand that athletic trainers work under the supervision of physicians. An athletic trainer cannot clear an athlete to return to play if a physician has not given the proper notification/documentation.

Student Athletic Training Aides

Interested in the Sports Medicine field? Join the Leesburg High School Athletic Training team! Work alongside the Head Athletic Trainer during practice and athletic events. Becoming a SATA is easy!  Tell Mr. Gandolfo of your interest and he will provide you will all the information and required forms needed to join.

Mr. Gandolfo is located in the Athletic Office (1-129) during lunch or in his office (19-001) after school. 


  • Minimum of a 2.5 GPA
  • Submit a SATA application
  • (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Ability to volunteer 10-15 hours a week