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Dodgers head trainer Falsone steps down

Was first woman to hold position for a major American sports team

LOS ANGELES -- Sue Falsone, the first female head trainer of a major American sports team when the Dodgers hired her two years ago, has stepped down.

"It is with a heavy heart to say that I will not be returning to the LA Dodgers in order to pursue other opportunities within my career," Falsone said in a statement. "I would like to thank ownership, Ned Colletti and Stan Conte for the incredible opportunity they have given me, not only over the last two years as the head athletic trainer and physical therapist, but for the six years I have been involved with the organization. To be a part of such a storied organization has truly been my honor.

"I'd like to thank Don [Mattingly] and the coaches for welcoming me as part of their staff. I'd like to thank fans for their incredible support they have shown me in so many ways. And finally, thank you to the players and their families for allowing me to be a part of your lives and healthcare. You are truly the reason I do what I do."

Falsone leaves at the end of a season in which the Dodgers required a staggering 25 placements on the disabled list.

While working for the Dodgers, Falsone maintained her role as vice president at Athletes Performance in Arizona.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for

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