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Richie Bancells

Conditioning Coordinator

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Background Information

Employment History

Major League Baseball Athletic Trainer


Birds' organization


National Athletic Trainers' Association

Certified Member

American College of Sports Medicine


Maryland Athletic Trainers Association


Major League Baseball

Baseball Medical Advisory Committee

Houston Astros

Member, Medical Advisory Committee


Medical Advisory Committee

Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society


Maryland Sports



Certified Member




Biscayne College


Eastern Kentucky University

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Philadelphia Phillies head athletic trainer Jeff Cooper and Baltimore Orioles head athletic trainer Richie Bancells commented on spit tobacco usage in the major leagues and what PBATS is
Orioles head athletic trainer Richie Bancells is Baltimore's other "ironman. "It felt funny to ask for a day off, and it was weird watching the game on television later that night," Bancells said. At this point, Ripken would also feel awkward watching the Orioles play without him, and he thanks Bancells for helping him achieve and perpetuate his incredible streak. "Richie is more than just an athletic trainer--he is a friend and a confidante," Ripken said. When Bancells, 42, isn't in the athletic training room or the dugout, he spends some of his free time serving as the PBATS treasurer, as well as assisting other athletic training organizations. Bancells is also viewed as a teacher. Along with head athletic trainers Jeff Cooper of the Philadelphia Phillies and Ned Bergert of the Anaheim Angels, Bancells has helped spearhead PBATS' anti- spit tobacco campaign. Bancells was also part of a PBATS contingent that traveled to Japan in 1996 to address health care topics. "That's the teacher part of me," Bancells said. "I enjoy lecturing, and the people in Japan are thirsty for information and very willing to ask questions. Anything I can give back to the profession and share with colleagues is rewarding to me." One of the people who has benefited from Bancells' teaching is Tampa Bay Devil Rays head athletic trainer Jamie Reed. "As I came up with Richie in the Orioles organization, he was a patient teacher," said Reed, former Orioles assistant athletic trainer. Well, you can directly trace everything I do back to Richie." A True Mentor Now Bancells is doing the same mentoring job with second year assistant athletic trainer Brian Ebel. And in addition to being a teacher, Bancells is a role model. Bancells has distinguished himself as a leader in the athletic training field, but he deflects credit back to PBATS, the organization he serves so faithfully. "When athletes are out of the game due to injury, safely returning them to their skill level and getting them back on the playing field is very rewarding," Bancells said. "PBATS has given us tremendous recognition at many levels, within Major League Baseball and with each of our teams. The quality of people in Pbats is exceptional, and you want to be a part of it and help push it forward." Forward is exactly where Bancells is going. After beginning his career with the Orioles' Rookie League team in 1978 and working as an athletic trainer for the Triple A Rochester Red Wings from 1980 to '83, Bancells moved on to the major leagues in 1984 and has spent the last 11 years as Baltimore's head athletic trainer. Whether Bancells is in the dugout or the athletic training room, lecturing on athletic training topics or spending time with his family, he is recognized among his peers as a true professional. "Everything that Richie does is with conviction," Reed said.

This month PBATSinteractive is happy to interview Baltimore Oriole Head Athletic Trainer Richie Bancells. Richie has spent his entire Major League career with the Orioles and, in 1995, was the recipient, along with former assistant Jamie Reed, of the 1995 "Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year" award. In addition, Richie traveled to Tokyo in 1996 to lecture on athletic health care. PBATSinteractive: Richie, you have served as an assistant athletic trainer for four years. What added responsibilities would you say the head athletic trainer has that an assistant trainer doesn’t_ Richie Bancells: Right. Richie: In preparation for spring training we finish up any lingering rehabs and check on the overall condition of the club. Richie: Our conditioning coordinator plays a big role in our organization in the area of injury prevention. He sets up programs based on the individual needs of each player in the attempt to prevent injury. In the rehab world, our conditioning coordinator receives a player when he is at the tail end of his rehab and is able to safely perform conditioning routines. At times, depending on the injury, conditioning starts earlier, sometimes at the same time rehab does. PBATSinteractive: Now if we could, let’s get an idea of how you got involved in athletic training. What compelled you to pursue as a career_ Richie: I was led in that direction during my early college days because someone I met saw that I had interests in both athletics, I was playing ball at the time, and that I also had an interest in the health care and medical fields. PBATSinteractive: Who do you consider the person who was most instrumental in your development as an athletic trainer_ Richie: On the academic level it had to be Bobby Barton, the head athletic trainer for the University of Eastern Kentucky. Richie: I think that most fans don’t realize the length of our day or the amount of different duties we have. Sometimes our duty is as simple as listening to a ballplayer talk in a comfortable setting to someone he trusts and has confidence in, no matter what the subject may be. PBATSinteractive: Is there an injury situation you’ve encountered that required more than ordinary knowledge and skill to bring the athlete back to the lineup_ Please describe the extraordinary measures it took to treat or rehab their injury_ Richie: In 1997, just this past year, dealing with Eric Davis and his cancer was an experience that does not usually come across our table. Richie: Fortunately, Mike did not receive any injury to the eye. Richie: Stay current through attending seminars and read. Read. Read! Richie: Charlie Moss was our George Washington in helping to establish the profession, and Bill Buhler was the innovator who worked with developing protective equipment and many treatment techniques for players. Richie: Eddie Murray, Mike Boddicker, Mike Flanagan, Jim Palmer, Scott McGregor, Rich Dempsey and many more, including, of course, Cal Ripken.

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Past President Richie Bancells, Head Athletic Trainer - Baltimore Orioles

PBATS Newsletter: News & Notes - [cached]

Major League Athletic Trainer 20 Year Service Award (from the left): Chris Poole (Assistant Athletic Trainer - Baltimore Orioles), PJ Mainville (Head Athletic Trainer - Chicago Cubs), Richie Bancells (Head Athletic Trainer - Baltimore Orioles), BRIAN EBEL (Assistant Athletic Trainer - Baltimore Orioles), Dave Walker (Minor League Medical Coordinator - Baltimore Orioles), Joe Benge (Minor League Medical Coordinator - Tampa Bay Rays), Jaime Reed (Senior Director of Medical Operations - Texas Rangers), Kevin Harmon (Head Athletic Trainer - Texas Rangers)

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