Athletic Trainer Bios
Los Angeles Dodgers
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Director of Player Health

Ron Porterfield

Ron Porterfield, 53, is entering his first year as Director of Player Health with the Los Angeles Dodgers after serving the previous twelve years as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Tampa Bay Rays, and three years as the Assistant Athletic Trainer before that. Prior to his move to the Major Leagues, Porterfield spent 15 years in the Minor Leagues. From 1988 to 1996, he worked his way through the ranks of the Houston Astros organization. During this time, Porterfield served as an athletic trainer for teams in Auburn, N.Y.; Kissimmee, Fl.; Columbus, Ga.; Jackson, Miss.; and Tucson, Ariz. In 1997, Porterfield was hired by the Tampa Bay Rays to serve as their Minor League medical and rehabilitation coordinator until he was promoted to the Major League club. A Santa Fe, N.M., native, Porterfield is a certified member of the NATA. In 2013 was honored to work the Major League All Star Game in New York. In 2009, Porterfield shared honors with Paul Harker and Nick Paparesta as “Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year. In 2005, Porterfield shared honors with Ken Crenshaw as “Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year,” in 1992, Porterfield was named the Texas League Athletic Trainer of the Year, and in 1991 and 1992 he served as an athletic trainer for Magallanes in Valencia, Venezuela. Porterfield and his wife Barbara live in Parrish, Fla., with their children, Alec (21) and Abbey (18).

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Head Athletic Trainer

Neil Rampe

Neil Rampe enters his third 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 Diamond- backs from 2008-2015. Neil’s education includes an AA in Personal Training as well as BS in Athletic Train- ing 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 resides in La Crescenta, CA with his wife, Laura, and daughter, Liv.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Nate Lucero

Nathan Lucero, 48, is in his third season with 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). Prior to his tenure as a Strength and Conditioning coach he was a minor league ATC in the Houston Astros organization, 1999 with the AA Jackson Generals, 2000-2001 AA with the Round Rock Express, where he was named the Texas League Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2001. In 1998, Lucero was the ATC for the Kissimmee Cobras. Prior to his time in Kissimmee, Lucero was with the Quad City River Bandits from 1995 – 1997, and the Gulf Coast League Astros from 1993-1994. Lucero holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from New Mexico State University. 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 Albequerque, NM with his wife Janet and three children Isabella Feliz, Sophia Rose, and son, Isaiah.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Thomas Albert

Thomas Albert returns in his third season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was the Medical/Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Cleveland Indians for 4 years. 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 Chino, CA with his wife Mandi and three children Chloe, Adelyn and Juliet.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Yosuke Nakajima

Yosuke”Possum”Nakajima enters his 16th 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 associate professor at Long Beach State, and his two sons, Mario and George.