DR. JONATHAN BAILIN, PH.D., USPTA
Sports Medicine & Ergonomics Associates
Jonathan has been a USPTA Certified Tennis Professional for over 40 years and just retired from teaching 20 hours of tennis a week privately. He was a “rank and file” USPTA member who also has extraordinary academic knowledge and rare coaching experience from several arenas.
Dr. Bailin coached at nine NCAA tournaments while Assistant Tennis Coach and Sports Medicine Consultant for the Women’s Tennis Team at the University of Southern California. During this time he finished a Ph.D. in Exercise Science (Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology) at USC for performing forearm injury research supported by the US Tennis Association. As a Volunteer Coach, Jonathan helped Hamilton High School athletics to its first undefeated season and first CIF City Championship in tennis. He also helped El Camino Junior College to its first conference men’s tennis title.
Jonathan’s years of community service include many more “firsts”. He was a staff member in the Youth Services Department of the L.A. Olympic Organizing Committee, the first to send over 100,000 “at risk” children to Olympic events for free in 1984. He also started the first regional sports science committee in the tennis industry for the USTA Southern California Division and the USPTA Southern California Division. They provided continuing education courses to coaches and cutting edge information for athletes in many sports and performing arts.
In 1992, he was the first to unite efforts of the Los Angeles Mayors Office, LA Unified School District, and USC to provide free tennis lessons on campus for hundreds of inner city grade schoolers. In 1995, Jonathan founded and moderated the first panel of physicians and specialists to address the epidemic of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, on a “new” Internet newsgroup. Dubbed “the occupational disease of the modern age”, RSI is a serious, and potentially crippling, affliction to those using a computer keyboard or screen for texting. Tennis elbow is also an RSI.
He and the panel answered hundreds of questions, at no charge, from around the world. Dr. Bailin’s electronic orientation document on the subject, called “Ergonomics and Computer Injuries”, has been used at Exxon in Malaysia, North Carolina State University, the Belgium Journalists Bureau, Microscopy Today, Better Health and Medical Network, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, Dallas Community Colleges, University of Leeds (London), the Microsoft Corporation, and the US Food and Drug Administration.
In addition to these duties, Jonathan has appeared before national convention audiences on critical sports medicine and ergonomics topics for over 25 years. Currently, he performs research in Sports Vision Training (SVT), consults for local corporations, and continues to coach a dedicated list of clients in Marina Del Rey, California.