Nicholas Tavoukjian, MS, ATC, CSCS, TSAC-F, is a certified athletic trainer and human performance specialist with clinical interests in combat sports, tactical populations, developmental kinesiology, and concussion management. He received a B.A. in International and Middle East Studies from the University of California, Irvine, and an M.S. in Athletic Training from Azusa Pacific University. Mr. Tavoukjian has over 10 years of interdisciplinary clinical experience in various settings, including youth through professional athletics, adaptive athletics, pediatrics and early intervention, outpatient rehabilitation, military settings, and post-conflict rehabilitation. He is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at Azusa Pacific University (APU). He is also a Ph.D. student in Rehabilitation and Movement Science at APU, with research interests in the physical literacy of youth populations in Armenia and Artsakh.
Mr. Tavoukjian founded and has served as CEO of the Armenian American Sports Medicine Coalition (AASMC) since 2017. He has worked to advocate for improved sports medicine practices in both the Armenian-American community and in Armenia. He is also passionate about providing guidance to students interested in the fields of sports medicine, exercise science, and rehabilitation. His passion resulted in several educational and clinical outreach trips aimed at providing continuing education opportunities for sports medicine and rehabilitaiton professionals in Armenia and Artsakh since the founding of the AASMC.
Mr. Tavoukjian has led the AASMC to be a leader in providing post-conflict rehabilitation support in response to both the 4-Day and 44-Day Wars, including educational support and skills training, coordination of diaspora health professionals providing surge medical and rehabilitative support, coordination of rehabiliation supplies and equipment, and providing remote interdisicplinary clinical support. In 2022, Mr. Tavoukjian co-founded the Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Fellowship (IRF) in an effort to sustainably develop post-conflict and adult rehabilitation in Armenia and Artsakh. His efforts have been recognized by several organizations and leaders in the global Armenian community, including the Armenian American Medical Society, Armenian Medical International Committee, and President Arayik Harutyunyan of the Republic of Artsakh.
While passionate about his work, Mr. Tavoukjian is most dedicated to his family. He prioritizes his relationship with his wife, Mary, and their daughter, Lily. You will often find the Tavoukjian family enjoying life together up in the mountains, at the beach, or exploring marine life.