Promoting Tennis Health & Wellness at the US Open

As an orthopaedic surgeon for the Mount Sinai Medical Center, and appointed as the Chief Medical Officer for the USTA and the Medical Advisor to the U.S. Fed Cup team, I am honored to be a part of this venture as Mount Sinai is named the first-ever official medical service provider and hospital of the USTA and the US Open.

My colleague and orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. James Gladstone, will also serve as part of the medical team for the U.S. Open and the medical advisor to the U.S. Davis Cup team.

This five year partnership allows for continuity of care of the players during the U.S. Open.  The current player medical services team already has had in place several Mount Sinai faculty, including Dr. Michael Yorio, the medical director.

Additionally, our team of physicians will conduct educational outreach to the community to promote the health benefits of playing tennis. As a physician who treats tennis players and as a tennis player myself, I have witnessed the full breadth of these benefits.  Tennis is a low-impact sport that can be played at any age as both an individual or as a group.  It is also a wonderful aerobic exercise that can aid in improving cardiovascular health and potentially help in weight loss.  An important point to remember is that working on your aerobic endurance, flexibility, and strength will help improve your tennis game.

The physicians in the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedics are skilled in the care of sports injuries, frequently seeing common sports injuries such as tendinitis in the shoulder, knee, elbow and wrist, as well as ankle sprains and back strains.  Our specialists are thrilled to be working with such talented athletes at the US Open and are excited to immerse themselves in tennis health education. Through our partnership with the USTA, we hope to impact millions of recreational players in the US and potentially draw new players to the sport.

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Alexis Colvin, MD
Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Chief Medical Officer, USTA

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