Orioles to host athletic trainers conference this week

Several hundred professional Athletic Trainers from across the country will come to Baltimore this week, January 3-5, for the annual Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) Baseball Medicine Conference. The Orioles, including Head Athletic Trainer Richie Bancells and Assistant Athletic Trainer Brian Ebel, will host the event, which is designed for Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists who deal with baseball and softball injuries.

The conference is sponsored by the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Foundation and endorsed by PBATS, Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association and National Athletic Trainers' Association, and is supported by Major League Baseball.

Faculty at the conference include Johns Hopkins Orthopaedist and Orioles team physician Dr. John Wilckens and Los Angeles Angels Medical Director Dr. Lewis Yocum.