Head Athletic Trainer
Jeff Porter, 60, is entering his 14th season as Head Athletic Trainer for the Atlanta Braves. 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 Loganville, Ga. with his son, David Ray, and enjoys golfing, hunting, and fishing.