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10/27/2006 7:57 PM ET
Dodgers name Conte director of medical services
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they have named Stan Conte Director of Medical Services and Head Athletic Trainer, according to General Manager Ned Colletti.

"Stan is an expert in physical therapy and conditioning in professional sports and when he became available we jumped at the chance to add him to our team," said Colletti. "He is a progressive thinker and a leader in this field."

"I have the utmost respect for the Dodger organization and am here to make a program that is very good even better," said Conte.

Stan Johnston, who has spent the past seven seasons as the Dodgers' head athletic trainer, will remain with the organization's training staff and work directly with Conte on all club medical issues.

"Stan and I have known each other professionally for years and as the club continues to invest in its health and conditioning programs he will be a valuable addition to the team," said Johnston.

Conte spent 15 seasons with the Giants, the past seven as head athletic trainer/physical therapist. According to research done in his previous job and backed by data from Major League Baseball, only the Chicago White Sox spent fewer days on the disabled list from 1997-2004.

One of the few athletic trainers to hold an additional credential in physical therapy as well as athletic training, Conte helped redesign the Giants' strength and conditioning program in 1997. Prior to his promotion to head trainer in 2000, he served as the team's assistant athletic trainer and coordinator of strength and rehabilitation for eight seasons.

In his new role, Conte will oversee all of the organization's medical programs, including athletic training, physical therapy, rehabilitation, strength and conditioning and the club's relationship with Athlete Performance Institute (API), which began last season. Conte also will oversee the training, strength and conditioning of Dodger minor league players.

In the first half of the 2006 season, Dodger players spent 639 days on the disabled list, the second-highest total in the Majors behind Washington (846). The team utilized the DL 13 times and missed 580 games due to injury. However, in the second half they used just 428 days on the DL for a total of 1,067 DL days, the fourth most in the Majors behind Washington, Atlanta and Kansas City. In 2005, the team logged 1,366 days on the disabled list, the third-most in the Majors.

Conte graduated from California State University Northridge in 1978 and is currently enrolled at Boston University in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. He lectures nationally on the treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries and authored "Major League Disability Days: An Eleven-Year Study," which was published in the prestigious medical journal American Journal of Sports Medicine.

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