ACSM Clinician Profile
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is proud to feature Thomas H. Trojian, MD, FACSM, in this issue’s Clinician Profile. Dr. Trojian is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine in the New England Musculoskeletal Institute at the University of Connecticut (UConn) Health Center. He is the director of both the Injury Prevention and Sports Outreach Programs and the sports medicine fellowship program. He is a team physician for UConn’s Department of Athletics, providing care for the women’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s ice hockey, and other teams, and for several local high schools covering such sports as wrestling and football. He also has provided coverage for professional golf, tennis, and basketball teams. Dr. Trojian is the author of many scientific articles and chapters on sports medicine, and he has won several national awards for teaching and sports medicine. His research interests focus on the prevention of sports injuries, and he has presented nationally and locally on this issue. Dr. Trojian currently serves as the section editor for the Nutrition and Ergogenic Aids section in Current Sports Medicine Reports.
You Have Been an ACSM Member since 1998. How Has ACSM Grown and Changed since You Became a Member?
ACSM continues to be a cross-sectional organization representing the many areas of sports medicine. The clinicians’ role in the organization is the area of growth that seems to be the most evident to me. With great clinicians at the helm, Exercise is Medicine® has been developed. The scope from laboratory to more practical patient-based science really has helped this organization serve a broad group of scientist and providers.
What Was It Like to Be a Clinician a Decade Ago Compared to Today?
The development of the Internet and the iPad has assisted patient care greatly. I have found information access is so much easier now than it was a decade ago, which has helped patient care. On the flip side, paperwork has increased greatly and reimbursements have gone down while insurance rates have gone up. Sports medicine physicians are not reaping the benefits.
How Has Membership in ACSM Influenced Your Career?
ACSM membership has helped me develop an understanding of basic science of sports and exercise along with the translational nature of bench research to athlete performance and care applications.
How Do You Use the ACSM Network in Your Daily Work?
I use two journals on a regular basis, Current Sports Medicine Reports and Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, both ACSM publications. Additionally, I tap my network of ACSM colleagues for help with tough cases and research questions.
What Is Your Best Advice to Other Sports Medicine Clinicians?
Continue to read!! New treatments are being developed all the time; some are good and some are hype.
Where Do You See ACSM Heading in the Future?
I think ACSM will focus more on the promotion of healthy living, youth sports, and research in youth sports in the future.
Would You Like to Share Anything Else with the Readers of Current Sports Medicine Reports?
Sports medicine is an important field of medicine, and continuous research is needed to explore the benefits of exercise. We should continue to promote research in the clinical realm.