ACSM Clinician Profile
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is proud to feature David Webner, MD, in this issue's Clinician Profile. Dr. Webner practices sports medicine in the suburban Philadelphia area at the Crozer-Keystone Health System. He is the codirector of the sports medicine fellowship, which entered its 16th year this July. In addition, he is a team physician for the Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer club and multiple high schools in the area. He lives in Narberth, PA, with his wife Tricia and their children. Beginning in 2012, he will serve as the section editor for the Abdominal Conditions section of Current Sports Medicine Reports (CSMR).
You Have Been A Member Since 2003. How Has ACSM Grown and Changed Since You Became a Member?
The main change I have seen in ACSM since I became a member is the inclusion of more clinical practitioners in the organization. Additionally, the annual meetings have had a heavier clinical influence, and this is vital in terms of translational research and helping to connect basic scientists with the clinicians managing athletes as patients.
How Has Membership in ACSM Influenced Your Career?
I think that ACSM has made me focus on the importance of basic research and continuing education in the sports medicine realm. Because our specialty is relatively young, we rely on advances made in the basic sciences related to exercise and injury prevention to help us remain on the cutting edge of athlete treatment.
How Do You Use the ACSM Network in Your Daily Work?
I often correspond with other ACSM members for ideas on clinical research and what new techniques and innovations I can use in my daily practice. I also rely heavily on ACSM position stands to help guide broader management in the sports medicine community with which I work. These position stands help me shape programs for community outreach with respect to concussion management, the female athlete triad, and exertional heat stroke management.
What Is Your Best Advice to Other Sports Medicine Clinicians?
I think it is important for us as sports medicine clinicians to further integrate ourselves within the academic sports medicine realm. We have valuable expertise and experience that can be vital to the great wealth of basic sports medicine scientists who are in ACSM. Collaborative efforts in research, such as clinical trials, can help advance both the research and clinical arms of the College.
Where Do You See ACSM Heading in the Future?
I see ACSM continuing to shape health and exercise policy on a national level, especially in the areas of mild traumatic brain injury, performance-enhancing drug use, exercise as an important adjunct to primary preventive measures, and supervision and guidelines for mass participation events. In addition, I look for ACSM to continue to lead the way in sports medicine cutting-edge research, helping to make evidence-based sports medicine a continually growing specialty.
Would You Like to Share Anything Else with the Readers of Current Sports Medicine Reports?
I would urge the readers of CSMR to send in case reports and reviews of the sports medicine literature. Busy clinicians have a wealth of clinical knowledge that is largely untapped and could be brought to the ACSM readers by education through their clinical experiences.