June 21, 2002
In recognition of his long-term commitment and contributions to the Judo
Dr Steven S Isono, Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist, has been a long-time supporter of American sports and athletics in general, and United States Judo in particular, on a local, national, and international level. A graduate of Oakland High School, where he was an all-city and All-state gymnast, Dr. Isono received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and proceeded to Northwestern University for his medical training. He continued his post-graduate education at the Stanford University Medical Center, where he interned and completed his residency.
A recipient of awards and honors too numerous to list here, Dr. Isono has been appointed to prominent positions with various national sports organizations, including the Sports Medicine Committee (Chairman), United States Judo Federation; USA Tae Kwon Do; USA Track and Field USA Boxing, USA Triathlon- and USA Judo. Many internationally known sports luminaries, amateur and professional, seek out Dr. Isono’s assistance for their surgical and sports medicine needs.
Dr Isono’s involvement with Judo began in 1994, when he first served as the Head Physician at the East Bay Judo Invitational Judo Tournament, a role that he has assumed many times since. He has served as a key physician for many national tournaments since that time, including stints as the Head Physician for the U.S. National Ladder Tournament; the U.S. Junior, Youth and Team National Judo Championships; the U.S. Judo Junior Olympic Championships; and the U.S. Senior National Judo Championships. Dr Isono has traveled as a physician with the United States World and Olympic Judo Teams, for training in Japan and for competition in many events including the 1997 and 1999 World Championships. Dr. Isono has also participated in several United States Judo National Coaches Conferences, where he has presented on topics including Agility, Tone, Conditioning and Strength Programs and Sports Injuries and Prevention.