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As many of our readers are aware, this year has been a time of tremendous growth for The Journal of Medicine and Science in Tennis (JMST).  Our readership and interest is up and the quality and content of the articles submitted to us has shown tremendous forward progress as well.  In order to encourage this positive trend, we have begun a series of issues involving “guest editors” who are considered international leaders in their disciplines.  This March 2018 issue of JMST is brought to you by our newest guest editors, Ann Cools PT, PhD, and Fredrik Johansson PhD, D.N, PTCA Master Professional Spec. Sci Exerc and Med, ESTESS D.SM.®, D.TR®.

Ann Cools is a physiotherapist, working as an associate professor at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy at the Ghent University, Belgium, and as senior researcher at the Dept of Occupational and Physical Therapy and the Institute of Sports Medicine, Bispebjerg Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her topic of research and teaching expertise, as well as her clinical work is shoulder rehabilitation in general, and sport specific approach and scapular involvement in particular. She finished her PhD in 2003, debating scapular involvement in sports related shoulder pain in the overhead athlete, and she has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed international journals, wrote contributions and chapters in several international recognized books, and gives several courses on a national and international level. She was head of the Physical Therapy Education at the Ghent University 2008-2016, and founding member and president of the European Society of Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation (EUSSER) 2008-2012. She is currently a member of the Board of the International Congress of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists.  We welcome her to our journal, please see her commentary to follow!

Fredrik Johansson studied from 2011-2017 Ghent university, Belgium and received his PhD in June 2017.  His current position is post-doc at Karolinska Institute with research area involving tennis and medicine. He was the head of sports medicine at Scandinavian College of Manual Medicine 2007-2014 and has given more than 500 lectures in different sports on the topic of adolescents and sports performance and/or injury. He is currently a lecturer in sports medicine at Scandinavian College of Manual Medicine and has over 20 years of clinical experience in the field.  We are very excited for his contributions to this month journal!

Finally, I would like to introduce our new Associate Editor, Natalie Myers. 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 the University of Kentucky 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.  She has been a tremendous addition to our team here at JMST and we look forward to her continued contributions!

With that, we will hand this issue over to esteemed and welcomed guests!

Michael J. Griesser, MD
Editor-in-Chief, JMST

Natalie Myers, PhD, ATC
Associate Editor, JMST

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