Kathleen Stroia, M.S., P.T., A.T.,C.
Vice President, Sport Sciences & Medicine and Player Development
A native of Merrillville, Indiana, Stroia earned a B.A. in Sport Sciences with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Purdue University, a M.S. degree in Athletic Training from West Virginia University and a B.S. degree in Physical Therapy from Chicago Medical School.
In her position as Vice President, Stroia is ultimately responsible for the supervision and direction of the Sport Sciences & Medicine and Player Development departments and staff (including departmental development, budgets, marketing efforts, setting policy and procedures). As such, she has been responsible for coordinating all health and medical services for the WTA, and the International Tennis Federation Women’s Circuit from 1995 through 2003. In her time with the WTA, Stroia has developed and expanded the Sport Sciences & Medicine department’s individual programs for the WTA, setting standards for tournament physicians, identifying and participating in research projects for tennis, injury prevention, women’s health issues and new high performance/sports medicine products. She has also been responsible for the development and implementation of the initiatives of Player Development. This department is in place to enhance the career performance, safety, fulfillment and longevity of professional women tennis players and is recognized as the leader of such programs in the professional sporting world.
Stroia has served on several committees, including Special Olympics Committee, ITF Medical Commission, Tennis Anti-Doping Committee, WTA Insurance Committee, National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), Women In Athletic Training Committee, the NATA Public Relations Committee and the USTA Sport Science Committee. Stroia has served on the Player Development Advisory Panel (formerly the Professional Development Advisory Panel) since 1994. Also, Stroia has published numerous health articles and gives professional presentations covering sports medicine topics from fitness, conditioning and rehabilitation (to both the professional and lay community), and what’s hot in the market to the management of sports injuries.
Stroia also enjoys giving back to the community in a way that taps into her strengths and thus has coordinated health coverage for Special Olympics events, Senior Citizens Day, Zina Garrison Kids Foundation Charity Events, Chris Evert Charity Event and Arthur Ashe AIDS Foundation fund-raising events. She is also on the Advisory committee for the WIN4LIFE Foundation.
Her prior work experience includes athletic training at Purdue University and West Virginia University as well as being an assistant Professor for the College of Allied Health at Chicago State University, as well as, Head Athletic Trainer. She held a staff physical therapy position at Certified Physical Therapy Services in Chicago, Illinois and at the Palm Beach Institute of Sports Medicine in Boca Raton, Florida. She joined the WTA full-time as a staff Primary Health Care Provider (physical therapist/athletic trainer) in 1990. Stroia was named in Tennis Industry Magazine as one of the “40 under 40” exceptional talents that will bring tennis into the new century and is a 2007 recipient of the prestigious “Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award” presented by the NATA to those certified athletic trainers who make exceptional and unique contributions to the field, particularly at the National level. In 2008 Stroia was awarded the International Tennis Hall of Fame Tennis Education Merit Award.