POSITION: Athletic Trainer LEVEL OF POSITION: Rookie AZL ORGANIZATION: Padres JOB STATUS: Full-time CONTACT...
Los Angeles Dodgers
Neil Rampe – Head Athletic Trainer
Neil Rampe begins his first season with the Dodgers serving as the Head Athletic Trainer. Prior to the Dodgers, Rampe was the Major League Manual & Performance Therapist with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2008-2015. Neil’s education includes an AA in Personal Training as well as BS in Athletic Training and Physical Education with an emphasis in Strength & Conditioning from the University of Findlay in 2000. He went on to receive his M.Ed. in Applied Kinesiology with a Sport and Exercise Science emphasis in 2002 from the University of Minnesota where he served as a strength & conditioning coach in the Golden Gopher athletic department. Neil then served as a certified athletic trainer at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine in Boulder, CO. Neil went on to spend five years at The University of Arizona where he served as the Associate Director, Performance Enhancement. Neil is a Certified Athletic Trainer through the NATABOC, a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, a Licensed Massage Therapist through the AMTA and NCBTMB. Neil and his wife, Laura, reside in Phoenix, Arizona.
Nate Lucero – Asst. Athletic Trainer
Nathan Lucero, 46, joins the Los Angeles Dodgers after spending 23 years in the Houston Astros Organization. Lucero was the Astros Head Athletic Trainer from 2009 thru 2015. Prior he held the position of Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach from 2007 thru 2009. Before being promoted to the Major leagues as a Strength coach, Lucero held the position of Strength & Conditioning Coordinator for the Houston Astros Player Development system (2002 – 2006). In 2015 Lucero and the Houston Astros Medical Staff were awarded the PBATS MLB Athletic Training Staff of the Year. Lucero resides in Houston, Texas with his wife Janet and three children Isabella Feliz, Sophia Rose, and newborn Isaiah. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer, along with Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Lucero is also a licensed ATC in the state of Texas. In 2015 Lucero and the Houston Astros Medical Staff were awarded the PBATS MLB Athletic Training Staff of the Year. Lucero resides in Houston, Texas with his wife Janet and three children Isabella Feliz, Sophia Rose, and newborn Isaiah.
Thomas Albert – Asst. Athletic Trainer
Thomas Albert enters his 1st season with the Los Angeles Dodgers after spending the last 4 years as the Medical/Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Cleveland Indians. A native of Burlington, IA, Thomas earned his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training, Sports Science, and Fitness from Upper Iowa University. He is certified in Spinal Manipulation and Dry Needling through the Spinal Manipulation Institute. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. Thomas resides in the Phoenix, AZ area with his wife Mandi and three children Chloe, Adelyn and Juliet.
Yosuke Nakajima – Asst. Athletic Trainer
Yosuke “Possum” Nakajima enters his 14th season with the Dodgers’ medical staff. Nakajima has worked for 10 seasons as a minor league athletic trainer and spent 3 seasons as the athletic trainer with AAA club in Albuquerque before joining major league club. Nakajima began his career with the Dodgers as an athletic training intern (2003 and 2004 seasons). Nakajima earned his master’s degree from Long Beach State in 2005. Prior to his time with the Dodger organization, Nakajima worked for the Long Beach State Baseball program as an equipment manager. A native of Yokohama, Japan, Nakajima attended Chuo University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Physics. He lives in Long Beach with his wife Mimi, who is an assistant professor at Long Beach State, and his two sons, Mario and George.
Steve Smith – Physical Therapist
Steve Smith enters his 5th season with the Los Angeles Dodgers and 3rd season as the Physical Therapist for the Major League Club. Prior to joining the big league team he spent two seasons as the organization’s Medical/Rehabilitation Coordinator. Previous to that he was the Manager of Performance Physical Therapy at Athletes’ Performance (EXOS) Florida in conjunction with Dr. James Andrews and the Andrews Institute. A native of Hagerstown, MD, Smith earned his Master’s and Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland Baltimore. He also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (National Strength and Conditioning Association), and an Emergency Medical Responder (American Red Cross). Smith resides in the Phoenix, AZ area with his wife Lisa and three children, Logan, Derek, and Madison.