THE STMS 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”.
HISTORY OF THE SOCIETY OF TENNIS MEDICINE AND SCIENCE PRELIMINARY STEPS
The Society for Tennis Medicine and Science (STMS) started as an integration of several initiatives that had been developing in tennis sports medicine. In the 1980s, Dr Robert Nirschl organised some of the first meetings directed towards understanding and effectively treating injuries seen in tennis players. People who attended these meetings, held at Hilton Head Island SC, realised that a more systematic approach to diagnosis and treatment of injuries seen in tennis could be beneficial.
In 1986, the USTA re-organised its Sports Medicine Committee, re-named it the Sports Science Committee, and started a new emphasis on research, fitness evaluations, and injury treatment. Dr Nirschl was on that committee, and was joined by Dr Ben Kibler and Dr Bob Leach. Dr Kibler had also met Dr Per Renström, who was the team physician for the Swedish Tennis Federation and who came to the USA in 1987, and they discussed methods of injury treatment and prevention based on better fitness evaluations. In 1989, Dr Kibler was contacted by Dr Paul Shirley, who was working with the ATP, about developing a tennis medicine advisory council for the ATP. Dr Kibler and Dr Shirley met in New Orleans LA in February 1990 to formulate a proposal.
As a result of that meeting, Dr Kibler contacted other physicians who had been involved in sports medicine and tennis, and a formal meeting was held in Sun Valley ID in July 1990. It was determined from that meeting that a sufficient level of interest and knowledge existed to explore a formal organisation to increase and disseminate knowledge in tennis sports medicine. As a result of that meeting, a true organisational meeting was held in New York NY at the US Open in September 1990. Present at that meeting were Dr Renstrom, Dr Kibler, Dr Nirschl, Dr Leach, and Dr Russ Warren.
Several actions came of that meeting:
– The name, Society for Tennis Medicine and Science, was chosen to reflect the mission of emphasising treatment of injuries and conducting research into the basic science of the injuries.
– The goals of the organisation, which were:
(1) to provide a forum for interactive discussion among doctors, scientists, therapists and governing bodies (2) to increase and disseminate knowledge regarding injuries in tennis through research and education
(3) to provide multiple means by which education regarding tennis medicine and science can be accomplished
(4) to systematically study and measure the biomechanical and physiological responses to tennis play
(5) to define proper rehabilitation for return to tennis play.
– To provide consultative services to other tennis organisations regarding all aspects of tennis science and medicine
– To develop a formal charter and bylaws
– To elect Dr Kibler President and charge him to develop the charter and by laws
– To elect Dr Per Renström vice President and charge him to develop the first meeting of STMS.
– To submit a formal proposal to ATP for a tennis sports medicine advisory council