Athletic Trainer Bios
Los Angeles Dodgers
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Director of Player Health

Ron Porterfield

Ron Porterfield, 54, is entering his second 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 Peoria, AZ., with their children, Alec (22) and Abbey (19).

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Head Athletic Trainer

Neil Rampe

Neil Rampe enters his fourth 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 resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife, Laura, and daughters, Liv and Gia.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Andrew Hauser

Andrew, 34, enters his 1st season as the Dodgers Assistant Athletic Trainer after spending the previous 3 seasons as the Director of Performance, Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Atlanta Braves. Prior to that he served as the Minor League Medical Coordinator, as well as the Manual & Performance Coordinator for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has worked with the Tampa Bay Rays as a minor league athletic trainer & the Philadelphia Phillies as a minor league strength coach, along with working at Therapy One Physical Therapy clinic in Farmington, NM during his off-seasons until 2011. Andrew is a Stilwell, KS native who attended the University of Kansas where he received his BS in Athletic Training. He currently resides in Glendale, CA with his wife Valerie and their two dogs Leo and Trevor.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Thomas Albert

Thomas Albert returns in his fourth 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 17th 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.