Noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews wants your young athlete to stay healthy by playing less

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Noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews wants to convince parents that pushing their children into year-round sports can be dangerous to the youngsters’ health. (Photo by AP file)

Dennis Manoloff, The Plain DealerBy Dennis Manoloff, The Plain Dealer 

on February 27, 2013 at 5:00 AM, updated February 27, 2013 at 1:14 PM

CLEVELAND, Ohio — James Andrews has seen enough.

Enough of coaches who mean well and try hard, but who really don’t know what they need to know.

Enough of parents who think their son or daughter is the next superstar athlete and must be pushed and pushed and pushed.

Enough of youngsters who are forced to visit him and his colleagues around the nation.

Andrews has become so alarmed that he is issuing written and verbal warnings to anyone willing to read or listen. Why should the public care what Andrews thinks? Because when the “Dr.” is placed in front of his name, he becomes a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon.

Andrews, who has practiced medicine for nearly 40 years, is most famous for his ability to put professional athletes back together. These athletes — notably, a who’s who of quarterbacks — have signed contracts for a combined total well north of $1 billion after his surgeries. In 2010, Andrews was the only doctor to be named among the top 40 most powerful people in the NFL by Sports Illustrated.

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