The American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) is a non-profit education and research organization co-founded by Dr. James Andrews in 1987 with the purpose of educating the next generation of orthopaedic sports medicine surgeons and conducting meaningful, impactful orthopaedic research as means of advancing and improving patient care in the world of orthopaedic sports medicine. From an education perspective ASMI matriculates six surgical sports medicine fellows and four non-surgical sports medicine fellows. Each year over 100 orthopaedic residents pursuing a sports medicine fellowship apply for six coveted spots. Each orthopaedic fellow spends extensive time in the clinic, operating room and on the sidelines of high school and collegiate athletic events learning to become an expert in orthopaedic sports medicine. Under the tutelage and guidance of Drs. Lyle Cain, Jeff Dugas and Benton Emblom, fellows gain extensive experience in evaluation, diagnosis and treatment (non-operative, operative and on-field) of an immense variety of orthopaedic injuries of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and foot and ankle among others. After graduation, most fellows continue involvement in on-field sports medicine, and ASMI is the nation’s largest accredited educator of team physicians, with representation in 44 states, Puerto Rico, and ten foreign countries. In addition to management of orthopaedic injuries, fellows conduct meaningful biomechanical, basic science and clinical research in direct collaboration with the ASMI research department.
Headed by Dr. Glenn Fleisig, PhD, ASMI has set the standard for baseball research and has produced numerous publications, guidelines and recommendations, in conjunction with local and national associations, including Major League Baseball (MLB), all serving to enhance protective and preventative measures focusing on athlete safety and maximizing outcomes after injury. The research facilities at ASMI include a state-of-the-art biomechanics lab, a basic science lab focused on cadaveric and arthroscopic research, and extensive focus on clinical research. Through continued education and orthopaedic research ASMI continues to be a leader in the field of injury prevention and treatment in the world of orthopaedic sports medicine.