Health, Fitness, & Nutrition

Introducing Dr. J


We are very fortunate to have Dr. Neeru Jayanthi, Tennis Medicine Specialist, sharing his insights and work here on! For those of you who missed this week’s radio show, Dr. J was my guest and talked about when young athletes should specialize in tennis and how that impacts the risk of injury. You can listen to the podcast here.

Dr. J has also shared with me his PowerPoint slides on tennis and specialization which you can download then view at the link below.

Tennis & Specialization PowerPoint Slides

Just to give you a little more background on Dr. J . . .

Neeru Jayanthi is the Director, Tennis Medicine, Emory University Sports Medicine and is an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery & Family Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Emory Tennis Medicine program, geared at treating tennis related injuries in all levels of tennis players in a comprehensive manner. He regularly manages and does research on sports-related injuries and illnesses in elite-level and recreational athletes.  Dr. Jayanthi is currently the President of the International Society for Tennis Medicine and Science (STMS) and a certified USPTA teaching professional. He has also been a volunteer ATP physician for 15 years. He has been selected to the board for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) twice and serves as a Consultant for the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness, Aspen Institute Sport and Society Program, Mom’s Team, a medical advisor for the WTA (Woman’s Tennis Association) Player Development Panel, and on the commission for the International Tennis Performance Association (ITPA).  Dr. Jayanthi has won multiple AMSSM Foundation Research Grants for his collaborative work on early sports specialized training in young athletes. He is considered one of the country’s experts on the research of youth sports specialization and overuse injuries, as well as in tennis medicine.  He has been an invited speaker over 150 times and spoken at local, regional conferences as well as at national academy conferences, regional training centers and international Sports Medicine and Tennis Medicine conferences. He has numerous publications, book chapters, and is a reviewer of several sports medicine journals and is an active teaching faculty at Emory University.  He has designed injury prevention and conditioning programs for competitive and elite junior programs at several tennis clubs.  Dr. Jayanthi, has had recent appearances on WGN news Sports Radio, WGN-TV news “Medical Watch,”, ABC news, CBS national radio, WGN and CLTV “Living Healthy” TV show, XM radio, NPR, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and numerous other media outlets for recent research findings on junior tennis players and elite young athletes.

Dr. J will continue to provide us with information on the various aspects of keeping our junior and college players healthy and injury-free. He has agreed to come on my radio show every couple of months to talk in detail about a variety of health-related topics. Once I collect a few articles from him, I will set up a separate area of this site where you can access the information directly. I hope you’ll check back often and let me know if there are any specific areas you’d like him to address in future articles and podcasts. In the meantime, you can visit the Emory Tennis Medicine website here. We in the Atlanta community are very lucky to have him here, but, via ParentingAces, I hope to share his knowledge, passion, and expertise with all of you, too!


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