Athletic Trainer Bios
Atlanta Braves
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Senior Advisor, Athletic Training

Jeff Porter

Jeff Porter, 65, enters his fifth season as the Athletic Training Senior Advisor after spending 15 years as the Head Athletic Trainer. His desire to treat athletic injuries began in college, and led him to a 1995 World Series title with the Braves. A Wilmington, N.C., native, Porter began his career as student athletic trainer at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in 1974 and continued an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Denver in 1979. He worked his way up through the Minor Leagues with the Denver Bears, Jamestown Expos, Memphis Chicks, and the Indianapolis Indians before being promoted to the Braves’ Major League club in 1985. In 1998, Porter and David Pursley hosted the PBATS Baseball Team Medicine Conference in Atlanta. He also was honored to serve as National League athletic trainer at the 1996 and 2008 MLB All-Star Game. He also served as one of the Athletic Trainers for the 2006 Japan All Star trip. Porter lives in White Plains, Ga. with his son, David Ray, and enjoys golfing, hunting, and fishing.

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Head Athletic Trainer, Director of Player Health

George Poulis

George, 57, enters his fifth season as the Head Athletic Trainer / Director of Player Health for the Atlanta Braves. He spent the previous 18 years with the Toronto Blue Jays. Prior to the Blue Jays, George was an athletic trainer in the San Diego Padres’ Minor League system for 10 years. George got his first experience with professional sports in 1986 as an athletic training intern in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns Football Club. A Cleveland native, George earned his undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and earned his master’s degree from the University of Alabama. He worked his way up through the Padres’ Minor League system with stops in Waterloo, Iowa (Class A); Wichita, Kan.; Memphis, Tenn.; Mobile, Ala. (Class AA); and Las Vegas, NV (Class AAA). At the conclusion of the 1998 Minor League season, George assisted the San Diego Padres’ Athletic Training Staff during the 1998 playoffs and World Series. During the off-season, George and his wife, Jenny, live in Florida with their three daughters, Lainey, Evy, and Nicki.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Nick Flynn

Nick, 33, begins his 7th season with the Atlanta Braves organization and first as a major league assistant athletic trainer. He spent the previous 3 years as the Braves minor league medical coordinator. Prior to his time with the Braves, he spent 5 seasons as a minor league affiliate athletic trainer in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida and graduate degree in sports medicine from Georgia State University. Nick resides in Venice, Florida in the offseason.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Jeff Stevenson

Jeff Stevenson, 52, begins his fourth season with the Atlanta Braves organization, and second as Major League assistant athletic trainer. This past season the staff received the MLB athletic training staff of the year award for 2021. He joined the Braves as assistant minor league medical coordinator in 2019, and spent the 2020 season as the compliance officer with the Major League club. This will be his 30th season in professional baseball, and sixth at the Major League level. Prior to joining the Braves, he spent 8 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. Two of those years he was the Rehab Coordinator, four years as Minor League Medical Coordinator, and two seasons as Major League assistant athletic trainer 2016-2017. The first 18 seasons of his career Jeff worked in the Kansas City Royals system. He worked 16 years in their minor leagues, spending 9 seasons in AAA Omaha 1999-2007. He spent the 2008-2009 seasons as Major League assistant athletic trainer in Kansas City. He received the Dick Howser player development award with the Royals in 1999. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University. Jeff resides in Palm Harbor Florida with his wife Christy. They have three children Brennan, Michael, and Meg.