U.S. Davis Cup Tennis in Serbia gets boost from Hospital for Special Surgery Doctor

Belgrade—March 5, 2010 

The United States Davis Cup men’s team will face a tough challenge from the team representing Serbia in the 2010 World Group playoffs, but they brought support on the road with them.

Joshua S. Dines, M.D., orthopedic surgeon in the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, is traveling with the team to Belgrade during their bid to progress to the quarterfinals round of the tournament. Dines is the head team physician for the Davis Cup team.

“Being the team doctor for the U.S. Davis cup team is a unique and exciting experience, but comes with a lot of responsibility, particularly when playing overseas,” said Dines. “Basically, I am responsible for the health of the team of four players and two practice partners, the coaches, and support staff; that being said, I am fortunate to be surrounded by a great group of experienced support staff, including a trainer, massage therapist, and a strength and conditioning coach.”

Prevention is the key to maintaining the U.S. team’s performance at peak level at the Davis Cup. Hydration is another important aspect to consider in treating the athletes.

“Unlike other sports such as baseball or football where you have a bunch of players on the bench ready to fill in, for the Davis Cup we only fly over the four people who are going to play,” said Dines. “This doesn’t allow for any wiggle room with the roster and makes keeping the guys ready to play imperative.”

The U.S.-Serbia playoffs, which will span three days and be played indoors on red clay, start on March 5 and conclude March 7.

The matches are being played on red clay. From a tennis perspective, that means longer points, more running and potentially longer matches,” said Dines. “Hydration and nutrition can become an issue so we are very aware of that all week and make sure the players drink enough to stay hydrated. On the bright side, the climate is nice, typically in the 50s.”

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 2 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology and No. 24 in neurology by U.S.News & World Report (2009), and has received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. In 2008 and 2007, HSS was a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. A member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS provides orthopedic and rheumatologic patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. All Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.

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