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 •  November 7, 2017

The Rays promoted Joe Benge to head athletic trainer as part of a staff shuffle following the departure of Ron Porterfield to the Dodgers. Mark Vinson was promoted to top assistant and former top assistant Paul Harker shifted to a new medical coordinator post. Benge (pronounced BENJ), 40, has been in the Rays organization for seven years, the last...

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 •  November 3, 2017

Longtime and well-respected head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield is leaving the Rays for a higher-level job with the Dodgers, the Tampa Bay Times has learned. Porterfield, 52, has been the Rays top trainer for 12 seasons and with the organization for 21 years, signing on during the 1996 franchise formation and working his way up from minor-league...

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 •  July 13, 2017

TAMPA — Here at the peak of our local storm season, an imperfect one is brewing along the landscape of grassroots sports. Humidity and concussion awareness are rising, even as availability of qualified athletic trainers may be plummeting. Among the casualties of the latest Florida budget was the $2.4 million annual funding for USF's Sports Medicine...

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 •  December 20, 2016

Steve Henderson, who had two stints as the Rays hitting coach, returns to the organization as the minor league hitting coordinator. Henderson was one of the new faces joining the minor league staff, the team officially announced Tuesday. The others are Patrick Trainor (minor league strength and conditioning coordinator), Gary Redus (coach, Double-A...

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 •  October 11, 2016

"I'm kind of glad they did it,'' Joe Hawley said of being pulled from the game. "That's the first time I've seen them do that. It means they actually care about us." LOREN ELLIOTT | Times Lost in the chaos of the Bucs' final drive to set up Roberto Aguayo's game-winning kick Monday night was the fact the NFL's independent concussion spotter had...

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 •  July 1, 2016

Kids get more than 1 million concussions every year from sports or recreation, new research shows, and more than half of those injured don't get treated. Even mild concussions can pile up to cause lasting brain damage. Parents and coaches should be aware of the symptoms of concussions and make sure to seek treatment if a child displays the signs. A...