The San Francisco 49ers announced on Tuesday that the team has named Dustin Little head athletic trainer.
"We are excited to add Dustin to our health and performance team and believe he is a tremendous fit for our group," said 49ers General Manager John Lynch. "A wide net was cast for this search, and we simply kept coming back to him. Our due diligence and a great recommendation from the Broncos organization, which is highly regarded for the care of its players, made us extremely confident in bringing Dustin aboard."
Little joins the 49ers after spending more than five years with the Denver Broncos as an assistant athletic trainer/physical therapist (2014-15), director of rehabilitation/assistant athletic trainer/DPT (2016-17) and director of rehabilitation/assistant athletic trainer (2018). He also spent the summer of 2013 as an intern with the team's medical department.
Little earned his bachelor's degree from the University of South Dakota where he played for the school's basketball and football teams. He went on to earn his master's degree from South Dakota State and later his doctor of physical therapy (DPT) from South Dakota. A member of the professional football athletic trainers society, Little is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and has a certification in applied functional science (CAFS).