By Dr. Stephan Esser
2017 is rapidly ebbing and the year has been filled with constant reminders of the beauty, elegance and risk of our great sport. Whether it be Bethany Mattek-Sands riveting on camera knee injury or the emotional withdrawal from the US Open by Andy Murray, we are reminded that our sport places grueling demands and aggressive acute and chronic forces through the joints and soft tissues. As scientists, clinicians, coaches and trainers it is our job to continue to investigate these injuries and to develop strategies to reduce risk and promote the highest levels of performance for all our tennis athletes from beginners to elites.
In this edition of the STMS Newsletter I hope you will enjoy several articles of interest. The WTA’s contribution “Physically Speaking” focuses in on an important topic: Pregnancy in the Elite Tennis Athlete. This is a little discussed but very valuable topic. The female athlete faces unique challenges during and after pregnancy and it is essential you acquaint yourself with the basics in this worthwhile review.
I included a fun quiz in this section. Both some basic and some higher level tennis medicine questions. Feel free to pass on to colleagues or share with your students and use as a piece for dialogue and fodder for further discussion.
In our member spotlight section we highlight Dr Paul Shirley MD. Dr Shirley is one of the founding members of STMS and a personal mentor of mine. He is a remarkable individual who is passionate about people and about the practice and advancement of sports medicine. He continues to run a busy full time clinical practice while advancing the field of sports medicine through education and we greatly appreciate his passion that helped to establish STMS.
Speaking of learning and passion for the sport, don’t forget about our February 2018 regional STMS conference to be healed in Hilton Head, SC. Review the ad in this edition of the newsletter and sign up today for another world-class event!
Wishing you nothing but Aces!
STEPHAN ESSER MD, USPTA
STMS Newsletter Editor