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The sport of tennis is about evolution and improvement. With advancements in strings, frames, conditioning, and preparation, the game today is a totally different version of itself when compared to 20 years ago. Sports medicine is very similar, with new boundaries being explored in diagnosis and treatment on a daily basis. In an effort to improve and evolve with the game and its medical implications, The Journal of Medicine and Science in Tennis is exploring new frontiers. Starting with this edition, we have prepared a “themed issue” on stroke mechanics under the preparation and guidance of our guest editors, Natalie Myers, PhD, ATC and Ben Kibler, MD.

Natalie Myers PhD, ATC is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University. Dr. Myers received her B.S. in Athletic Training from Elon University and M.S in Athletic Training from California University of Pennsylvania (2008 and 2009). Dr. Myers received a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from Kentucky University in 2017. Her research focuses on clinical management of overhead athletes with the goal of improving performance while controlling injury risk. More specifically Dr. Myers is interested in load management strategies amongst tennis players and the clinical evaluation of the tennis serve. Dr. Myers has collaborated with the United States Tennis Association and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) to promote scientific contributions to tennis medicine. She has had the opportunity to present her and her colleagues research findings during regional, national, and international presentations.

Ben Kibler, MD is the Medical Director at Shoulder Center of KY Lexington Clinic, Lexington, KY, as well as a founding member and past president of The Society of Tennis Medicine and Science (STMS). He also serves as a Medical Consultant to the WTA and member of the USTA Sports Science Committee from 1985 to 2014. Additionally he has authored 190 scientific papers, and been the co-author/editor on 12 books. His research interests include the biomechanics of sports activities and Injuries and injury prevention as well as overhead throwing activities.

We feel very lucky to have them both on board for our December 2017 issue of The Journal of Tennis Medicine and Science. With that short introduction, I will hand them the floor so they can introduce the spectacular issue they have prepared for us this winter season!

Michael J. Griesser
The Journal of Tennis Medicine and Science

Our Mission: To disseminate current and practical tennis-related medical and scientific information to all our stakeholders (players, coaches, health care professionals, scientists, and tennis organizations) in order to optimize the health and performance of tennis players world-wide.
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