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10th STMS World Congress

Moroe Beppu, Congress Organizer

The Society for Tennis Medicine and Science held its World Congress on the 3rd and 4th of October in Tokyo, Japan. The 10th Congress was supported by The Japan Tennis Association, The Japanese Orthopedic Association, The Japanese Orthopedic Association for Sports Medicine, The Japanese Society of Clinical Sports Medicine, and the Japan Society on Tennis Medicine. The 10th STMS was held in conjunction with the AIG Japan Open Tennis Championship 2008 with participants allowed the opportunity to experience the semi-final matches on Saturday, October 4th at the Ariake Colosseum. The women’s single champion was Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark while the men’s singles title was won by Tomáš Berdych of the Czech Republic.

The 10th Congress was held in the center of Tokyo at the Sheraton Miyako Hotel. Four rooms were used simultaneously with one room devoted to technical exhibitions and poster presentations. The program actually began on the evening of October 2nd when after registering participants enjoyed a Friendly Tennis Tournament at the Takanawa Tennis Center a short distance from the Sheraton Miyako Hotel. This tournament was followed by a Welcome Reception.

Nearly 300 participants from 15 countries attended the 10th Congress, many more than originally expected. For nearly two years, both the members of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery of St. Marianna University School of Medicine and the members of the medical committee of the Japan Tennis Association worked together to make this first Congress to be held in Asia a success. The Gala Dinner held on October 3rd at the Sheraton Miyako Hotel was a delicious dinner served while participants were able to watch a video of Shingo Kunieda, the number one ranked Paralympic Tennis player. Followed by him speaking to everyone about his trials and tribulations leading to his remarkable performance on September 15, 2008 to beat Athens gold medalist and second seed Robin Ammerlaan of the Netherlands in the men's singles final in the final match of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Tennis Event.

During the 10th STMS, instructional lectures, symposiums on injuries of the wrist, elbow, shoulder, knee, foot and ankle, prevention for tennis injury, and medical care were held. In addition, a special symposium was held on wheelchair tennis. A science symposium on strengthening and conditioning for tennis and two debates, one on muscle cramps and another on the heat rule were scheduled. It would be impossible to mention all the wonderful, exciting, and expert speakers

that spoke during the 10th Congress, so perhaps you can enjoy seeing them in our photo gallery at

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