Athletic Trainer Bios
Atlanta Braves
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Senior Advisor, Athletic Training

Jeff Porter

Jeff Porter, 64, enters his third 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, 55, enters his third 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 sys- tem for 10 years. George got his first experience with professional sports in 1986 as an ath- letic 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

Mike Frostad

Mike Frostad, 47, enters his third season as assistant athletic trainer with the Atlanta Braves and 25th season overall in professional baseball. He spent 22 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, 6 of them as the Major League assistant athletic trainer. A Calgary native, Mike earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Calgary and is certified by the NATA in the U.S. and the CATA in Canada. He started his baseball career in 1996 with the St. Catharines Stompers (Short A) and made stops along the way in Medicine Hat Alberta, Hagerstown Maryland, and Dunedin Florida. Mike was named to the position of Minor League Medical Coordinator in 2005, a position he held until the 2010 season when he was appointed to Toronto as the Assistant Athletic Trainer. He returned to the role of Medical Co- ordinator in 2011 and 2012 before returning to Toronto. In 2004 and 2005 he won the Athletic Trainer of the Year Award for the Florida State League. In 2005 he was also the recipient of the Minor League Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. During the off season, Mike resides in Redcliff, Alberta with his wife, Candice.