Athletic Trainer Bios
Los Angeles Angels
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Head Athletic Trainer

Adam Nevala

Adam Nevala, 41, rejoins the Los Angeles Major League Athletic Training Staff for his thir- teenth year and seventh as the Angels Head Athletic Trainer after working in the team’s minor league system for eight seasons. Nevala served as the head athletic trainer in AAA Salt Lake City where he spent two seasons (2003-2004). Prior to that, he was the head ath- letic trainer for AA Arkansas (2002), Rancho Cucamonga (2001), Lake Elsinore (2000), Cedar Rapids (1999), and assistant athletic trainer/clubhouse manager in Butte (1998). In 2002 (Detroit), 2003 (Phoenix), and 2006 (Atlanta), Adam was a member of the PBATS fac- ulty at the annual team medicine conference. He was selected to represent the American League as the head athletic trainer during the 2015 All Star Game in Cincinnati OH. A native of Minnesota, Nevala, received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and his Master’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania. Adam, his wife Tina, and son Jackson reside in Mission Viejo, CA.

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Athletic Training Services Coordinator

Rick Smith

Rick “Ranger Rick” Smith, 63, gives a great deal of himself to the Angels, but he doesn’t stop there as he regularly donates his time and auction items to the Child Abuse Prevention Center in Orange, Ca. Before his promotion to the Angels’ parent club in 1978, where he served as the Angels’ head athletic trainer from 1979 to 1990, Smith was the head athletic trainer for the Class AA El Paso Diablos. An El Paso, Texas native, Smith was a student ath- letic trainer for the University of Texas-El Paso Miners’ athletic teams from 1971 until his graduation in 1975 and was inducted into the El Paso Texas Baseball Hall of Fame, in 2007. He served as American League athletic trainer for MLB All-Star Games in 1984, 1989 and 1997. Smith resides in Santa Ana Ca, with his wife Janell.

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Physical Therapist

Bernard Li

Bernard is currently the Director of Sports Science and Player Performance/Head Physical Therapist with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He also serves as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Southern California Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. He re- ceived his Bachelors of Science in Physiological Sciences and minor in Exercise and Health Science from University of California Santa Barbara. Bernard obtained his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California, and continued to distinguish him- self by completing an orthopedic residency to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Orthopedic Physical Therapy at USC the following year. He is double board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, both as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and a Sports Clinical Specialist. He is a member of the Orthopedic Section and the Sports Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Bernard has lectured on numerous topics that include therapeutic exercise, shoulder assessment, hip rehabilitation and published sev- eral journal articles and book chapters. He resides in Playa Vista, California.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Eric Munson

Eric Munson, 37, joins the Los Angeles Major League Athletic Training Staff for his first sea- son as the Angels Assistant Athletic Trainer after working in the team’s minor league system for 7 seasons and the Minor League Rehab Coordinator for the past 5. Munson served as the head athletic trainer in AA Arkansas (2008-2010), Rancho Cucamonga (2007), Cedar Rapids (2005, 2006, 2011) and has served as the Minor League Rehab Coordinator based in Tempe (2012-2016). A native of North Dakota, Munson, received his undergraduate de- gree from North Dakota State University. Eric, his wife Leslie, and daughter Nora reside in Avondale, AZ.