OSU Sports Medicine Team

OSU Sports Medicine Team


OSU Sports Medicine offers the largest team and the most comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to the prevention and treatment of injuries in athletes and active individuals. Our pursuit of excellence in research, patient care and education is enhanced by our position within a nationally prominent academic medical center, which allows the integration of strengths from many specialties. Our team of experts provides personalized care in sports medicine, sports performance, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, nutrition, concussion management and sport psychology.

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Dr. Thomas Best

Primary Care Sports Medicine
Professor and Pomerene Chair, Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Family Medicine
Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Bioinformatics
Team Physician – BalletMet

Education and Background:

  • MD – University of Western Ontario (Canada) 1988
    PhD – Department of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University (NC) 1993

    CAQ in Sports Medicine
  • Board Certified – Family Medicine 

Experience & Interests:

Dr. Thomas Best enters his first season as the team doctor for the Ohio Machine in 2014. Dr. Best is a professor of Family Medicine, OSU College of Medicine and a professor in the department of Biomedical Engineering. He also serves as the team physician for the Columbus based professional dance troupe BalletMet. Prior to joining the OSU Sports Medicine staff in 2005, Dr. Best spent ten years on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin College of Medicine as well as team physician for the Wisconsin athletic department.

A graduate of The University of Windsor (Canada), Dr. Best attended medical school at The University of Western Ontario. In addition to his medical training Dr. Best holds a master’s degree in kinesiology and a doctorate in biomedical engineering (Duke University).

Dr. Best is a fellow and the 2010-2011 President of The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He is the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the official journal of the ACSM. He is certified by the American Board of Family Practice and holds a Certificate of Additional Qualification in Sports Medicine. He is a member of The Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine and The American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Best serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Bone and Joint Initiative, an organization dedicated to advocacy for those with arthritis. He also serves on the advisory board of the National Youth Sports Health and Safety Institute dedicated to the health and welfare of our youth involved in sports.

Dr. Best’s clinical interests include muscle/tendon injuries, osteoarthritis, concussion, endurance athletes and evidence-based medicine. He directs an NIH-funded laboratory to study muscle inflammation and repair as well as the role of the quadriceps in the management of osteoarthritis of the knee. Dr. Best is also the co-editor of a book, Evidence-Based Sports Medicine, a leading publication of the British Medical Journal that is used worldwide in teachings on this topic. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers and spoke in 13 countries outside the United States on his research.

Tom Evans

Athletic Trainer 

Outreach Athletic Trainer

Columbus City Schools

Education and Background:

  • Bachelor of Science, Sports Medicine with emphasis on Athletic Training, Marietta College (OH), 1999
  • Master of Science, Exercise Physiology, Marshall University (WV), 2001
  • Certified athletic trainer since 1999
  • Ohio licensed athletic trainer since 2001

Experience & Interests:

Tom is an Outreach Athletic Trainer with Columbus City Schools. He is the Athletic Trainer at Brookhaven and Mifflin high schools. He is responsible for the prevention, rehabilitation, and care of all the athletes in these high schools.

Tom has experience working with Division I athletes at Marshall University (1999-2001), Division III athletes at Ohio Wesleyan University (2002-2005) and high school athletes at Upper Arlington High School (2005-2006).

He has served as an athletic trainer for the annual North-South Ohio All-Star football game. He annually works as an athletic trainer for the Tournament of Champions wrestling event held at Columbus Convention Center. Tom has also worked numerous soccer events, track and field events, the Columbus Classic Rugby Tournament and competitive cheerleading events.

Tom’s Masters Thesis was on "The Effects of Static Stretching on Vertical Jump Performance." He wrote an article for the National Strength and Conditioning Journal in 2000.

He has a clinical interest in stretching and the effects it has on athletic activity. He is also interested in the ongoing research on head injuries among athletes. 

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