Tulane Medical Center December 12, 2017

“Overhead athletes,” such as baseball and volleyball players, are uniquely susceptible to arm and shoulder injuries related to repetitive throwing, and Tulane University’s second annual James R. Andrews, MD, Endowed Lectureship in Sports Medicine held on December 15 and 16, will focus on these injuries and how to prevent them.

Dr. Ben Kibler, a leading shoulder surgeon, is the keynote speaker for the event. He will be joined by Dr. Buddy Savoie, chairman of orthopaedic surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine; Dr. Mary K. Mulcahey, director of the Tulane Women’s Sports Medicine Program; and Kevin Wilk, associate clinical director of Champion Sports Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama. Friday’s events include a keynote address as well as lectures on various topics related to injury treatment and prevention in overhead athletes. Saturday’s events include a throwing lab with instruction by Tulane coaching staff and players.

Internationally renowned surgeon Dr. James R. Andrews, who completed his orthopaedics residency at Tulane School of Medicine in 1972, established this lectureship series in 2015.

“Thanks to the wonderful support of Dr. James Andrews, we are able to provide a yearly endowed symposium on injury prevention in young athletes,” Dr. Savoie said. “This has been a main area of interest for Dr. Andrews as well as the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine. Tulane is honored to have Dr. Andrews’ support in our attempts to keep our athletes safe and injury free.” 

Nearly 45 million children participate in some form of sports, and youth sports are the leading cause of adolescent injuries in the United States – 3.5 million children under the age of 14 are treated for sports-related injuries annually.

The event is free for parents, coaches and medical residents, but registration is required due to limited space. Medical professionals seeking continuing education credits can attend for $60.

To register, or for more information, visit the Tulane University Center of Continuing Education website.