An unprecedented interest in sports medicine and sports science has occurred over the past several years. It is now recognized that there is a fundamental scientific foundation for the training of athletes, both to improve performance as well as to reduce the risk of injury or reinjury. New surgical techniques allow athletes to return to competition sooner and with minimum effect on subsequent performance. New training techniques and an improved understanding of the nutritional needs of the athlete has resulted in substantial improvements in athletic performance.

The Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance (ISMHP) serves as a central administrative structure to facilitate an active interchange among scientists and the practitioners (strength and sport conditioning coaches, athletic trainers, health and wellness coordinators, clinicians and rehabilitation specialists), and as a first-class research and teaching facility at Texas A&M University.