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Noted Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. James Andrews Elected to Little League International Board of Directors

Noted Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. James Andrews Elected to Little League International Board of Directors

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Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala., the world’s foremost authority on pitching-related injuries, has been elected to the Little League International Board of Directors it was announced today by Dennis Lewin, Chairman of Little League International Board of Directors.

Dr. Andrews is Medical Director at the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) in Birmingham, Ala. The American Sports Medicine Institute and the USA Baseball Medical and Safety Advisory Committee worked closely with Little League to create the guidelines for Little League Pitch Count, which replaced Little League’s innings-pitched rule beginning with the 2007 regular season.

“Dr. Andrews is internationally recognized and respected for his skills as an orthopaedic surgeon as well as his scientific and clinical research contributions in knee, shoulder and elbow injury prevention and treatment,” Mr. Lewin said. “His insight into the research, development and implementation of the Little League pitch count rule, and counsel on other topics relevant to the direction of the Little League program provide another strong voice to the discussion as the Little League program looks to the future.”

One of the founding members of the Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center (ASMOC), Dr. Andrews also is a founding partner and Medical Director of the Andrews Institute located in Gulf Breeze, Fla. He has mentored more than 250 orthopaedic and sports medicine Fellows and more than 45 primary care sports medicine Fellows who have trained under him through the ASMI Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. 

 With Dr. Andrews’ election, he becomes the 23rd member of the Little League International Board of Directors.

“Dr. Andrews has vigorously supported Little League’s position in the areas of sports safety and injury prevention, and was a prominent figure in pioneering the Little League pitch count,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “On several occasions, Dr. Andrews has graciously agreed to provide his insights and expertise in support of the Little League program as we strive to better understand the dynamics of the pitch count as well as the devastating ramifications of over-use injuries.”

The Little League Pitch Count impacts pitchers in all divisions of Little League Baseball, from age 7 to 18. There are specific limits for each game, based on their age. The number of pitches delivered in a game determines the amount of rest the player must have before pitching again.

“Beyond his expert medical opinions, Dr. Andrews also was an accomplished collegiate athlete and can relate to the situations and circumstances that drive athletes to excel,” Mr. Keener said. “To the point, his experience with today’s athletes will be a valuable resource as the Little League International Board of Directors continues to navigate the program in a productive and positive direction.”

In the professional sports arena, Dr. Andrews is Senior Orthopaedic Consultant for the Washington Redskins; Medical Director for the Tampa Bay Rays; and team physician for the Birmingham Barons Class AA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.  Dr. Andrews also is the Co-Medical Director of the Ladies Professional Golf Association.

Previously, Dr. Andrews has been a member of the Sports Medicine Committee of the United States Olympic Committee and also has served on the NCAA Competitive Safeguards in Medical Aspects of Sports Committee.

In 1992, Dr. Andrews was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and was named recipient of their Distinguished Sportsman Award.  Dr. Andrews was inducted into the Louisiana State University Alumni Hall of Distinction in 1996, and was featured as one of LSU’s 2007 Southeastern Conference 75th Anniversary Stories of Character. This year, Dr. Andrews received the LSU Cox Communication Academic Center for Student-Athletes Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award, and was inducted in the LSU College of Basic Science Hall of Distinction.  Also in 2008, Dr. Andrews was inducted into the Louisiana’s Sports Hall of Fame and was named recipient of the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award. 

A native of Homer, La., Dr. Andrews has called Birmingham home since 1986.  He and his wife, Jenelle have six children, Andy, Amy, Archie, Ashley, Amber, Abby and three grandchildren.