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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 HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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