LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have hired Sue Falsone as head athletic trainer, making her the first female to hold that job in major professional sports.

General manager Ned Colletti announced Falsone’s hiring Monday and said Stan Conte has been promoted to senior director of medical services.

Falsone became the first female physical therapist in the major leagues when she was hired by the Dodgers in 2007. She worked in that role through the 2010 season. The 37-year-old trainer will continue to work for Athletes’ Performance in Phoenix.

Falsone has also worked with players in the NFL, NBA and NHL.

She and current assistant athletic trainer Nancy Patterson give the Dodgers the first pair of female trainers on one staff in the history of the major leagues.

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