Dear STMS Members:
This will be my last president message in this role for STMS as my term has come to an end. I first became involved in this organization 18 years ago and was awestruck with the level of tennis-specific knowledge that the leaders of this organization had. I was so fortunate to have such amazing guidance from brilliant and passionate past presidents Ben Kibler, Per Renstrom, Babette Pluim, Marc Safran, and the late Javier Maquirrian. I essentially never missed another STMS meeting, seized every offer and opportunity to be involved, and was fortunate to be asked to the board and leadership pathway of STMS.
In 2015, I had several specific goals for this organization:
1. Make the organization appealing for ANYONE whom was interested in tennis medicine at any level, and not only for those working at the professional levels.
2. Be a diverse and accepting organization to all members and also reflected in leadership positions based on gender, specialty, nationality, among other factors.
3. Engage and grow membership with opportunities to be involved, contribute, have frequent conferences and educational opportunities, and opportunities to have a pathway to the board and leadership positions regardless of your initial background.
I am so pleased to us excel in all of these areas, have more female board members than ever before, more non-physicians in leadership positions, and most of all, continued and increased collegiality as this organization continues to grow. With this, we have become as financially stable as we have ever been. Our amazing board, STMS coordinator, and committee and conference chairs have made this such a pleasure to do over the last 4 years as president. It is actually sad for me to “let go” of what I believe is the position I am most proud to have held, but I know that it is in great hands!
I am happy to announce that Dr. Walter Taylor (retired from the Mayo Clinic, and WTA Physician), long time STMS member and board member will be assuming the role of President of STMS and Kathleen Stroia, PT, ATC, Senior Vice President, Sports Sciences & Medicine and Transitions whom has been the WTA representative on the board for STMS for a number of years will serve as the Vice President. I have complete trust and faith that they (with the board and membership) will continue the missions of STMS to help serve our current and future members. Please welcome (and contact them) if you have any interest in getting involved yourself. We will have some transitions with the board with this and as terms expire, so please stay involved, and I hope to watch some of you grow to leadership positions in STMS!
Please also look forward to upcoming conferences (STMS Hilton Head North American Regional Conference Feb 8-9, 2020) and STMS World Congress in Tokyo, Japan (April 30-May 1, 2020). You can find both of these conferences at www.tennismedicine.org. Please also enjoy this final 2019 special edition of JMST on nutrition in the tennis athlete by guest editor Lauren Quin, DPT (from WTA SS&M) and some of the biggest experts in tennis medicine nutrition. I look forward to seeing many of you at future conferences and tennis events as I continue to stay involved in STMS myself!!
Neeru Jayanthi (Immediate Past-President, STMS)