Dr. James Andrews: Sports Medicine Powerhouse
There’s little doubt in the world of sports medicine that Dr.James Andrews is “The Man”. With a career in orthopaedic surgery and rehab spanning over 40 years and a client list that includes sports legends like Jack Nicklaus, Michael Jordan, Drew Brees, John Cena, Mark Sanchez, Brett Favre, Troy Aikman, Lindsey Vonn, and Tom Brady, it’s easy to understand why. An excerpt from an ESPN.com article dubbed him “…the alpha doc at the center of a sports-medicine network that extends well beyond doctors. Every athletic trainer, physical therapist, strength-and-conditioning coach in the land seems to have Andrews’ cell phone number”. In 2005, then San Diego Chargers QB Drew Brees suffered what many feared was a career-ending dislocation in his shoulder joint and a 360 degree tear of his labrum and rotator cuff.
“All of a sudden I’m getting up and my shoulder is stuck…it’s not moving, and immediately I just think to myself ‘Oh my god, I may never play football again.’ After the feeling sorry for myself stage ended, I immediately formulated a plan. The first part of that plan was call to Dr. Andrews.” Drew Brees, on HBO Real Sports.
Five years later, Drew Brees led the New Orleans Saints to a decisive Super Bowl win, was named 2010 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and AP Male Athlete of the Year, all thanks to the work of Dr.James Andrews and his team. As well as consulting with just about every pro trainer in sports, Dr. Andrews is the team physician for Alabama, Auburn and the Washington Redskins, and Medical Director for the LPGA. But it’s not just the pros who seek out his skills; Andrews performs up to 50 surgeries a week on high-school and recreational athletes as well as professionals. His book, “Any Given Monday,” is an in-depth guide to preventing and treating injuries in younger athletes. His orthopedic “empire” spans the country, with the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama, the Andrews Institute and the Andrews Research and Education Foundation, both located in in Gulf Breeze, Florida. His list of accomplishments and awards is staggering:
- Inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and recipient of their Distinguished Sportsman Award in 1992
- Inducted into LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction in 1996
- Featured as one of the LSU’s 2007 Southeastern Conference Stories of Character
- Received the LSU Cox Communication Academic Center for Student-Athletes Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award
- Presented the 2009 Distinguished American Award by the Auburn Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College of Hall of Fame
- Presented with the Contribution to Amateur Athletics Award by the University of Georgia Hall of Fame Chapter
- Recipient of the 2014 NCAA President’s Gerald R. Ford Award that honors an individual who has provided significant leadership in the role of advocate for intercollegiate athletics.
At 72 years old, Dr. Andrews shows no signs of slowing down. He splits his time between Alabama and Florida, performing hundreds of surgeries every year, consulting with patients and speaking at educational symposiums. These symposiums and online webinars offer a wealth of information for athletic trainers, physical therapists and occupational therapists that can be used for athletes of any level and non-athletes as well. HomeCEUConnection.com is thrilled to be able to offer the “Andrews Research and Education Sports Medicine Series” as part of our extensive catalog of athletic training CEUs.
“We are pleased to partner with HomeCEUConnection.com and CEU360.com to provide elite educational content for rehabilitation and athletic professionals. This content will generate new techniques, technology and methodologies to immediately implement in direct patient care and improve the lives of people of all ages.” Dr. James Andrews
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