HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C., June 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The national Tennis Health & Wellness Task Force, comprised of top doctors and sports medicine experts, recently added to its panel one of the nation’s renowned orthopaedic surgeons specializing in sports medicine. Dr. Nicholas A. DiNubile of Havertown, Pa., joins six other experts promoting the health, fitness, wellness and life benefits of tennis.
“Dr. DiNubile has a distinguished career in orthopaedics and sports medicine, and we are thrilled that he is a part of this industry’s Tennis Health & Wellness Task Force,” says Dr. Jack Groppel, the chair of the Task Force and co-founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute. “Nick has a long history in sports and tennis—not just in treating athletes from recreational players to professionals, but as a tennis teacher and avid player.”
“I’m honored to be a part of this important Task Force,” Dr. DiNubile says. “I cannot think of another sport or activity that provides more overall health benefits than tennis, and I hope I can help raise this awareness and encourage more and more individuals, of all ages, to take up this wonderful lifetime and life-extending activity. That would go a long way to prevent and also solve many of the health woes that face our nation today.”
In addition to his private practice with Premier Orthopedics, Dr. DiNubile has been a longtime member of the teaching faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and is chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. He also is a lead spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sportsmedicine. Dr. DiNubile serves as Chief Medical Advisor for The American Council on Exercise (ACE) and was a contributor to the Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health. He is Executive Editor and Orthopedic Editor of The Physician and Sportsmedicine Journal. In addition, he has strong interests in healthcare-related technology and is founder and CEO of FrameWork Interactive Technologies (F.I.T.) and is Chief Medical Officer for MSK Metrics.
Dr. DiNubile is the bestselling author of the “FrameWork” series of health and wellness books and is executive producer/host of the award-winning national PBS television special, “Your Body’s FrameWork.” He’s also served as orthopaedic consultant to the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and Pennsylvania Ballet. He was appointed special advisor to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports by President George H.W. Bush, and has advised two U.S. Presidents on matters of health and health policy. Dr. DiNubile's website, DrNick.com, is a trusted source of health, fitness and sports medicine information, as is his twitter feed @DrNickUSA.
Consistently chosen as one of the “Best Doctors in America” and named a U.S. News & World Report “Top Doctor,” Dr. DiNubile has received numerous awards, including induction into the National Fitness Hall of Fame and the Philadelphia Sports Medicine Hall of Fame. He also is a member of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association teaching organization and a member of the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA).
The Tennis Health & Wellness Task Force, which is supported by the tennis industry, is putting together public service messages about the health, fitness, wellness and life benefits of tennis. The group recently came out with its “Top 10 Reasons to Play Tennis,” produced in cooperation with the Tennis Industry Association (TIA). A free, downloadable poster is available at PlayTennis.com/live.
In addition to Dr. Groppel, who also is the Health & Wellness Advisor for the tennis industry, and Dr. DiNubile, the Tennis Health & Wellness Task Force includes:
* Dr. Laura DeFina, President and CEO of the Cooper Institute.
* Dr. Brian Hainline, Chief Medical Officer for the NCAA and former longtime Chief Medical Officer for the US Open.
* Dr. Babette Pluim, Chief Medical Advisor for the Royal Netherlands Lawn Tennis Association.
* Dr. Paul Roetert, former CEO of SHAPE America.
* James Whitehead, the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
In helping to guide the sport in connecting tennis with mainstream thinking about health, wellness and wellbeing practices, the Tennis Health & Wellness Task Force will work with the TIA, USTA, IHRSA, SFIA and other tennis industry partners.
“We are very pleased to be working with Dr. Groppel and this all-star Task Force,” says TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer. “Dr. DiNubile is a wonderful addition to this important group, and we’re looking forward to engaging all our industry partners in continued messages about the benefits of tennis.”
“Tennis has historically been called ‘the sport for a lifetime,’” says Dr. Groppel, who himself is an internationally recognized authority and pioneer in the science of human performance and has a long history in the sport of tennis. “According to world-renowned scientists from a variety of disciplines, there’s no doubt that tennis is one of the best sports to play—at any age.
In fact, an Oxford University study released last fall that followed more than 80,000 people for an average of nine years determined that of all sports surveyed—including swimming, aerobics and biking—those who played racquet sports such as tennis were least likely to die over the study period. The study showed that participation in a racquet sport such as tennis decreases early mortality risk due to heart disease by 56 percent.
“Consumers need to know about these benefits and how they can impact their lives and the lives of their children,” he adds. “That’s the goal of our Tennis Health & Wellness Task Force. With the support of the organizations in the tennis and sports industries and beyond, we need to reach and engage mainstream Americans with our messages of the health, wellness and life benefits of tennis.”
About the TIA
The Tennis Industry Association, the not-for-profit trade association for tennis, is THE unifying force in the tennis industry whose mission is to promote the growth and economic vitality of the business of tennis by working closely with its industry partners and in support of the USTA in their development of initiatives to increase tennis participation. Core TIA activities include producing more than 70 U.S. and global research reports annually on participation and consumer/trade research, managing the largest relational database, along with hosting annual TIA Tennis Forum, Leadership meetings and the TOM Conference at major tournaments and events. Visit TennisIndustry.org or call 866-686-3036.