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STMS is excited for the next edition of our journal and also a major announcement on a website transition that is nearly complete to “Your Membership (YM)” which will allow many more member features, user friendly renewals, continuing education opportunities, a listserv forum to communicate with other members, individual member profiles to allow you to promote your practice among others. Also, we are excited to announce that we will be partnering with PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) World Conference to host a North American regional STMS Conference February 16–18th) at the beautiful Sonesta resort in Hilton Head, South Carolina. More details to come as we arrange registration. Please consider submitting your consideration for faculty presentation, or more importantly just attend! We will have more information at tennismedicine.org and in upcoming emails. SAVE THE DATE!

I’d also like to congratulate long-time STMS member, Fredrik Johhansson, for completing his PhD doctoral thesis on “Shoulder in the Elite Adolescent Tennis Player: Exploration of Structural and Functional Sportsspecific Adaptions”. He was supervised by long time STMS member, Ann Cools, and the jury/board were esteemed STMS Past presidents, Per Renstrom and Babette Pluim. A truly all-star group!

The summer tennis season is here and while there were a lot of injuries and medical withdrawals at Wimbledon; rest-assured they are getting care from the world’s best tennis medical staff in some of the world’ best facilities at the All England Club. I was fortunate to get an update of how modern and player-centered the sports medicine services are during this prestigious tournament from STMS board member and WTA Tour therapist Elaine Brady in my latest visit this spring to London. Those of us who have been involved in tennis medicine have seen an evolution of the care for tennis players not only at the grand slam tournaments but also in all levels of tennis players. Professional tours for ATP and WTA have been tracking injury and illnesses and allowing tournament physicians to be updated as players travel with the necessary help of the tour physiotherapists who know the players on a day to day basis.

While we have significant advancement in the facilities, roles, and medical staff for the players, there is still a lot of evidence that needs to be developed. There are still a variety of training programs and tournament volumes with no clear data to suggest optimum benefit. The WTA age eligibility rule has surpassed its 20th year, and can serve as a model for many organizations including non-tennis on how to internally and externally evaluate your own progress as a professional sports organization.

I had the privilege to speak to such a group (Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists or PAADS) on youth sports specialization and player development in June at their annual meeting. There was a heavy WTA presence which included Kathleen Stroia, STMS Board member, WTA vice president of sports medicine and current president of PAADS, Carol Otis, WTA chair of Player Development Panel, medical advisory committee, and other important WTA player development staff.

In my few years in helping to serve on this Panel for WTA, I have been so impressed with the level of detail and care in ensuring healthy long term development and safety for its players. I believe that this philosophy and resources should extend beyond the professional player to the competitive junior player, ITF player and Pro Circuit players. These may in fact be the most vulnerable with high volumes and lower levels of resources and education. STMS is committed to player safety of all tennis players, and we encourage ALL who are interested to continue to maintain their membership. We will begin having themed issues starting with the next journal including stroke mechanics, junior player, sports science of performance training, and the adult player. Please contact our editor Michael Griesser for any topic ideas or consideration in this journal.

Respectfully Yours,
Neeru Jayanthi, MD
President
STMS (Society of Tennis Medicine and Science)

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