Andrew L. Pruitt, EdD, is an internationally-known athletic trainer, physician assistant, and educator. Pruitt is director of the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine in Boulder, Colorado. He is one of the world’s foremost experts on bike fit and cycling injuries.
Pruitt headed the U.S. Cycling Federation’s sports medicine program for many years, including through four World Championships. He was the Chief Medical Officer for U.S. Cycling at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He also helped design medical coverage for the Atlanta cycling venues on a model he developed as Medical Director of the Tour Dupont. Pruitt is the recognized leader in computerized cycling gait analysis, a technique that uses three-dimensional computer technology to determine perfect bike fit for any rider, a service available at the BCSM.
Andy Pruitt began his athletic career in traditional sports—football, basketball, baseball, and track. Losing the lower part of his right leg in a hunting accident at age 14 didn’t stop him. He became a wrestler and high jumper, eventually winning twelve high school varsity letters. He attended Drake University and Iowa State, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in anatomy, an M.S. from the University of Colorado, and an Ed.D. from California Coast University. He became an athletic trainer at the University of Colorado in 1973 and served for many years as Director of Sports Medicine.
While at CU, Pruitt began cycling and skiing. He won a bronze medal in the downhill at the U.S. Disabled Ski Championships in 1978, but found his true passion in cycling. Over a ten-year racing career, he earned a USCF Category 2 ranking competing against able-bodied riders. He won two national championships and two world championships as a disabled rider. He continues to compete in time trials and occasional road races. As late as 2001 he had a top-ten finish among able-bodied racers in the 50+ category of the Durango-to-Silverton Road Race.
Andy’s wife, Sue, and son, Scott, are avid cyclists and skiers. Scott is a past national-caliber junior Nordic skier and now an aspiring U23 road racer honing his skills by racing in Belgium.