From the Editor-in-Chief . . .
The American College of Sports Medicine launched the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine (TJACSM) in April 2016 as a scientific publication focused on translational science in sports medicine and exercise science. In other words, we concentrate on the translation of science to action. Some nine months into the inaugural year of TJACSM, the editorial board continues to receive questions about what translational science entails and how sports medicine and exercise science research questions might fit within the translational science framework. As such, I believe the time is right to highlight the breadth of translational science, to feature research ideas and questions that fall within the various stages of translational research in our field, and to engage in a discussion on what translational science is and what it means to various fields.
Accordingly, I am very pleased to announce that over the next several issues of TJACSM we will publish a series of invited commentaries that address these very issues. Specifically, the invited commentaries will concentrate on the following stages of translational science:
- Basic Science to Human Application and Clinical Insights
- Clinical Findings to Application in Community Settings
- Community-Based Findings to Applications for Population Health and Policy
- Reverse Translation
- Sport across the Translational Science Continuum
In addition, we want to engage with our members, readers, and the community at large on the topic so each commentary will be accompanied by a link to the journal's social media on Facebook and Twitter where interested individuals can weigh in and discuss the concepts and ideas further. I have invited top leaders in our field to author these commentaries and believe you will find them to be informative and thought-provoking. I also anticipate that many of you will realize that the work you are already doing fits well within the translational science framework. If that is the case, I encourage you to submit your work to TJACSM.
Joseph E. Donnelly, EdD, FACSM