December 1, 2021

Birmingham Squadron Selects Andrews Sports Medicine To Provide Team Medical Services


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December 1, 2021                                                                       (205) 581-7128


Dr. Emily Bell Casey and Dr. Michael K. Ryan serving as team physicians

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Birmingham Squadron, the NBA G League affiliate of the NBA’s  New Orleans Pelicans, have reached an agreement with Andrews Sports Medicine &  Orthopaedic Center to serve as the team’s sports medicine provider. 

“We’re thrilled about our partnership with Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center,” said  David Lane, General Manager of Business Operations for the Squadron. “It is very reassuring to  know our team has access to the skilled doctors at the world-renowned Andrews Sports Medicine  to help keep our players safe and healthy.” 

During the 2021-22 season, Emily Bell Casey MD, non-surgical sports medicine physician, and  Michael K. Ryan MD, orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, are collaborating as  the Squadron’s team physicians to proactively keep the Squadron’s players safe and prevent  serious injury from occurring. 

“Since the season tipped off in early November, it’s been great getting to know the Squadron  coaching staff and players while working alongside the team’s athletic trainer, Gilchrist Schmidt,”  stated Dr. Michael K. Ryan. Dr. Ryan goes on to say, “We look forward to the Squadron having a  successful inaugural season and we are hopeful we play a small role in helping the team stay  healthy as they compete for a league championship.” 

“Being able to serve other sports programs alongside Dr. Ryan through the years has allowed us  to create a teamwork synergy. We already work together to care for the student athletes at  Samford University and Spain Park High School,” states Dr. Emily Bell Casey. She goes on to  say, “Now we could not be more excited to have the opportunity to bring our expertise to work with  the Squadron.” 

About Us - Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center 

Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center has built a  worldwide reputation for excellence in sports medicine and orthopaedic patient care, innovation,  research, education, and sports injury prevention. We couldn’t have done it without our dedicated  doctors and staff, and the countless number of patients who have trusted in our team to  aggressively pursue victory over their injury. In collaboration with our research and education  partner, the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI), our practice strongly emphasizes  improving the understanding, prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries. For more  information, visit