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Working with thousands of student-athletes, covering hundreds of high school sporting events and years of policy development that has enriched the safety and health of student-athletes statewide only begins to define the service of Dr. Conrad Andringa, whose legacy has been synonymous with high school sports in the Madison area.

Andringa (pictured at right) received recognition for his commitment and service to student-athletes in Wisconsin and to the WIAA at the Sports Medical Advisory Committee meeting in Stevens Point on May 4.

In 1982, he joined the committee comprised of physicians that make recommendations to the membership regarding health and safety matters pertaining to high school athletic competition. In 1988, he became chairman of that group, a role he continued until stepping down from the position at the meeting.

“It’s been just a wonderful experience, and I’ve been very fortunate and lucky to be here and work with so many good people,” Andringa said. “I feel so good about being able to help so many different people. What I enjoy doing for one patient is the same thing I’m doing for hundreds and thousands. Not many get that opportunity to benefit that many people.”

Andringas’ commitment and dedication to athletics has spanned the entire length of his career, beginning his pediatric practice in Madison in 1968 after serving in the U.S. Air Force. He became the team physician at Madison Memorial High School in 1972, continuing in that role until his retirement from Dean Clinic in 2015.

His involvement with the WIAA also includes many years as the State tournament physician for football, baseball, individual and team wrestling, soccer, hockey, track & field, swimming & diving and basketball.

“I’ve had a great ride in covering so many State tournaments, and to watch student-athletes enjoy them and learn from them has been fantastic,” Andringa said. “People forget that’s one of the main things about sports is the fact you get to learn how to win, how to lose, how to work hard and reach goals, which is what life is all about.”

Andringa’s involvement in athletics has gone well beyond his service to the WIAA. He was the team physician of the U.S. men’s hockey team for the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

His career accomplishments have led to numerous recognitions and awards. Madison Memorial High School named its athletics facility the “Connie Andringa Fieldhouse” in recognition of his service to the school’s community. Andringa has been inducted into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame and the Madison Skating Hall of Fame, and he has been honored with the Dave McClain Distinguished Service Award by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association, the Olympian of the Year by the Madison Service Club and the Service Award by the Blue Line Club.

An outstanding high school athlete, Andringa was an All-American swimmer in the freestyle relay at Waukesha High School. He qualified and participated in two WIAA State Swimming & Diving meets. He also participated in football and track & field prior to graduation in 1956.

He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for undergraduate studies and for medical school, graduating in 1963 before interning at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C. from 1964-66.

Andringa will remain connected with the committee in an emeritus capacity.

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