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American College of Sports Medicine

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American College of Sports Medicine
HeadquartersIndianapolis, Indiana
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The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a sports medicine and exercise science membership organization. Founded in 1954, ACSM holds conferences, publishes books and journals, and offers certification programs for personal trainers and exercise physiologists.


The American College of Sports Medicine was founded in 1954[2] as the "Federation of Sports Medicine" in New York City at the Hotel Statler on April 22, as part of the afternoon program of the American Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (AAHPER). The following year, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) was officially incorporated, and 11 individuals were designated as founders. This group was composed of seven men and one woman with careers in physical education, as well as three physicians. The physical educators were Clifford Brownell, Ph.D. Ernst Jok, M.D., Peter Karpovich, M.D., Leonard Larson, Ph.D. Grover Mueller, M.S., Neils Neilson, Ph.D, Josephine Rathbone, Ph.D. and Arthur Steinhaus, Ph.D. Although they had training in physical education or were employed in departments of physical education, Jokl, Larson, Karpovich, and Steinhaus were primarily involved in research dealing with the physiology of exercise. The physicians were Louis Bishop, M.D., Albert Hyman, M.D., and Joseph Wolffe, M.D. All three were practicing cardiologists.

The ACSM national headquarters moved to Indianapolis in 1984, joining organizations such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Federation of State High School Associations, and national sport-specific governing bodies.[3]


The current ACSM elected offices[4] are held by:

  • President: Anastasia Fischer, M.D., FACSM
  • President-Elect: Irene Davis, PhD., P.T. FACSM, FATPA, FASB
  • Immediate Past-President: L. Bruce Gladden, Ph.D., FACSM
  • First Vice Presidents: William Farquhar, Ph.D., FACSM and Wendy Kohrt, Ph.D., FACSM
  • Second Vice Presidents: Laura Rogers, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM, FACP and Nailah Coleman, M.D., FACSM, FAAP
  • Treasurer: Mindy Millard-Stafford, Ph.D., FACSM


ACSM membership is offered in four categories:

  • Alliance of Health Fitness Professionals
  • Professional
  • Professional-in-Training
  • Students

Regional chapters[edit]

2019 ACSM Annual Meeting

ACSM has 12 regional chapters[5] throughout the United States:

  • Alaska ACSM Regional Chapter
  • Central States ACSM Regional Chapter
  • Greater New York ACSM Regional Chapter
  • Mid-Atlantic ACSM Regional Chapter
  • Midwest ACSM Regional Chapter
  • New England ACSM Regional Chapter
  • Northland ACSM Regional Chapter
  • Northwest ACSM Regional Chapter
  • Rocky Mountain ACSM Regional Chapter
  • Southeast ACSM Regional Chapter
  • Southwest ACSM Regional Chapter
  • Texas ACSM Regional Chapter

Journals, books and publications[edit]

The American College of Sports Medicine publishing program includes six journals, several books and various multimedia resources.


ACSM's six leading scholarly journals[6] include research, clinical reports and health-and-fitness information.


ACSM publishes several books[12] and multimedia resources.

ACSM is best known for ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, first published in 1975.

Some of ACSM's most popular titles include:

  • ACSM's Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • ACSM's Complete Guide to Fitness and Health
  • ACSM's Health/Fitness Facility Standards and Guidelines
  • ACSM's Introduction to Exercise Science
  • ACSM's Nutrition for Exercise Science
  • ACSM's Resources for the Exercise Physiologist
  • ACSM's Resources for the Personal Trainer
  • ACSM's Foundations of Strength Training and Conditioning


ACSM offers four different certifications for fitness and clinical exercise professionals, and a number of credential and specialty certificate programs.

  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor
  • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Exercise is Medicine Credential
  • Autism Exercise Specialist


The American College of Sports Medicine Foundation[13] is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated with and developed to support the American College of Sports Medicine, Inc. Each year the ACSM Foundation awards more than $100,000 in research awards and scholarships.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About ACMS". www.acms.org. Retrieved 2022-08-05.
  2. ^ Saultz, John W. (2000). Textbook of Family Medicine. McGraw-Hill. p. 722. ISBN 9780070579583. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  3. ^ "ACSM | History". www.acsm.org. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  4. ^ "Leadership". ACMS. Retrieved 2022-08-05.
  5. ^ "Regional Chapters". www.acsm.org. Retrieved 2022-08-05.
  6. ^ "ACSM Journals". www.acsm.org. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  7. ^ "Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise". journals.lww.com. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  8. ^ "Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews". journals.lww.com. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  9. ^ "Current Sports Medicine Reports". journals.lww.com. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  10. ^ "ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal". journals.lww.com. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  11. ^ "Translational Journal (TJACSM) | ACSM Journal". www.acsm.org. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  12. ^ "ACSM Books". www.acsm.org. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  13. ^ "ACSM Foundation". www.acsm.org. Retrieved 2019-07-10.

Further reading[edit]

  • Berryman, J.W. (1995). Out of many, one: A history of the American College of Sports Medicine. Human Kinetics. ISBN 9780873228152
  • Boerigter, R.J. (1978). A History of the American College of Sports Medicine. University of Utah. OCLC 1237243488

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