The ASA is proud to announce a new partnership with Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center and Marc Bernier, a physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist with nearly 40 years of involvement with soccer.
About Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center (ASM)
Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center is the leading destination for the comprehensive treatment of orthopaedic injuries. ASM’s world-renowned physicians and surgeons specialize in all areas of orthopaedics and sports medicine including concussion, knees, foot and ankle, shoulders, spine and hand.
Andrews Sports Medicine's team of expert physicians and surgeons – many of them former athletes themselves – have worked with some of the biggest names in sports. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a world-class athlete to access these acclaimed specialists. The ASM physicians can be seen on the sidelines of our local high schools and universities such as the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Samford University, Birmingham Southern and Troy University.
At ASM, the primary goal is to keep soccer players – and other athletes – healthy through prevention and education, while standing ready to treat injured athletes and return them to full strength. ASM has 3 locations:
- St. Vincent’s Birmingham (main office)
805 St. Vincent's Drive, Suite 100
Birmingham, AL 35205
3143 Pelham Parkway
Pelham, AL 35124
- Highway 280 (in the Lee Branch shopping center)
201 Doug Baker Boulevard
Hoover, AL 35242
About Marc Bernier
Marc Bernier is a physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist with Encore Rehabilitation in Birmingham, and is the clinical director of sports medicine at Spain Park High School.
Marc has been involved in the sport of soccer as a player, coach and sports medicine professional for almost 40 years, and has served as international expert/consultant in the field of soccer-specific sports medicine. During his career, he has developed rehabilitative and performance enhancement programs for soccer athletes across the world, including players from the National Teams of the United States, Turkey, England, Brazil and Russia. Additionally, he has served as a Sports Medicine Consultant for Galatasaray FC of Istanbul, and is a former member of the Major League Soccer Athletic Training Advisory Board.
Q: Why would ASA partner with healthcare providers?
Our mission is to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth of players of all ages, by creating and increasing opportunities for wholesome participation. Partnering with both Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, the leading provider of orthopaedic care, and Marc Bernier, a physical therapist and strength and conditioning specialist with nearly 40 years of involvement with soccer, provides ASA members and families an unprecedented opportunity to access the very best resources for injury prevention and treatment.
This innovative partnership makes ASA the only soccer association in the southeastern region to develop a comprehensive sports medicine program that provides robust resources for educating coaches, parents and athletes on injury prevention and provides access to the best treatment options for all areas of orthopaedic and sports medicine injuries.
Q: Why is ASM interested in partnering with the ASA?
At ASM, our mission is to provide exceptional care for all patients with orthopaedic injuries and conditions, no matter where they live or what their role in life. Providing exceptional care means focusing on injury prevention when possible.
Dr. Andrews and his group of physicians have been researching injury prevention for youth athletes for many years, and have pioneered some of the best techniques.
In addition to physicians studying concussions and other common soccer injuries, one of our specialists, Dr. Benton Emblom is currently conducting research on strength training programs for female soccer players to prevent ACL injuries. Over the years, Dr. Emblom has worked closely with the Samford University, University of Alabama and University of Tampa women’s soccer teams.
Q: Why is Marc Bernier interested in partnering with the ASA?
Marc Bernier has specialized in the rehabilitation of injured youth athletes for the past 10 years, and his most recent focus has been on the development of injury prevention programs.
Bernier has been an active clinician on the lecture circuit, providing educational seminars on youth sports injuries to fellow sports medicine professionals across the country for 2 national seminar companies, in addition to presenting at the 2004 MLS Combine for the Professional Soccer Athletic Trainer’s Society. He is also the founder of YouthSportsMedicine.com, which serves as a free website dedicated to providing the latest information on youth sports injuries for players, parents and coaches.
Q: What can ASA members look forward to?
We have developed a new page on the ASA website exclusively dedicated to sports medicine. This page will contain frequently asked questions about the prevention and treatment of common soccer injuries, among other important information from our partners. Be sure to check back regularly for the latest updates.
In addition, the ASM physicians and Marc Bernier have offered to provide educational opportunities for members of the ASA, and have agreed to speak at coach/parent meetings as their schedules allow. In fact, Dr. Ricardo Colberg and Marc Bernier recently spoke at the ODP Sub-Regional Event in Decatur, presenting lectures on concussions and ACL injury prevention to the parents and coaches. Because the feedback we received was so positive, we decided to continue offering this benefit to ASA members in the future.
Q: How do I contact ASM and/or Marc Bernier?
To contact an ASM physician, please call 205-939-3699.
To contact Marc Bernier, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 205-913-3532.