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Los Angeles Lakers

  • Head Athletic Trainer: Marco Nunez (First Year as Head AT)
  • Total Games Lost to Injury Since the 2005-06 Season: 1959 (27th in the league)
  • Total Cost for Games Lost to Injury Since the 2005-06 Season: $157.1 million (29th)
  • 2015-2016 Games Missed Due to Injury: 73 (5th)
  • 2015-2016 Cost of Games Missed Due to Injury:$5.9 million (8th)
  • Best Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 3 (2008-09 and 2011-12)
  • Worst Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 30 (2013-14)

Summary

The Kobe Bryant Era came to an end last season, overshadowing the end of the Gary Vitti Era. The long-time athletic trainer’s run came with less fanfare but arguably more success as Vitti got the overall health of the Lakers back on track. After two years of missing over 300 total games to injury, the total dropped by nearly 80 percent with the team finishing the league’s top five for fewest games missed.

Marco Nunez will take over as head athletic trainer after serving as the assistant athletic trainer for eight years. Joining Nunez will be newly appointed physical therapist Jennifer Swanson. Swanson joins the team after three years as the Director of Sports Performance with the Chicago Bulls. Lorena Martin was also added as the Director of Sports Performance Analytics, further strengthening the Lakers’ renewed commitment to injury prevention and management.

Together the Los Angeles medical team will be tasked with keeping a team balanced with veterans and young up-and-comers healthy and on the court. If they can build on last year’s success then the transition phase the Lakers have now entered may not be as long as some fear.

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