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ACSM in the News

ACSM membership boasts an outstanding group of highly regarded experts in their respective fields. By no means is this an exhaustive report of ACSM members making news. "ACSM in the News" reports on news organizations that cite ACSM members as authorities on the health, fitness and science aspects of sports and exercise.

William Roberts, M.D., FACSM, was quoted for an MSNBC news story about avoiding injury. “People can exercise daily but not with high volume and intensity,” he said. “Alternate hard and easy days and take one day off a week if involved in high-level training.” More

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USA Today reported on a study published in ACSM’s official scientific journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, about the effect of cold weather on the likeliness of women to exercise. Mark Newman, Ph.D., M.P.H., said, "It's not always easy to go out and walk in the cold weather, but if you make it a priority, you'll do it." The article also stated that Timothy Church, M.D., Ph.D., found that men are also more active in the summer than winter. More

Numerous publications published an Associate Press article, citing an ACSM study written by Ronald Terjung, Ph.D., FACSM, in relation to the trial of a high school football coach related to the death of a player during practice. Publications include, MSNBC, the Post Bulletin (Minn.), the Daily Herald (Ill.), the Charleston Gazette (W. Va.), the Brazil Times (Ind.), the Union Tribune (Calif.) and the Times-Reporter (OH).More

The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report featured an article on a study about seniors exercising to improve motor function and decrease the risk of insulin resistance. The article mentions ACSM as an advocate for routine physical exercise to achieve healthier aging.

Consumer Eroski in Spain reported on a study in ACSM’s official journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, regarding the activity levels of preschool children. featured an article on pedometers. ACSM’s recommendation of 10,000 steps per day was cited, as well as a study on pedometers from ACSM’s official scientific journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. "Pedometers are quite popular now, and with good reason," said Dixie L. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM.

The Albuquerque Journal reported on the 2009 predicted fitness trends, published in ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal. "Most of these have been gaining momentum for the past few years,” said Walter Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM.

An ACSM recommendation for press-ups, or push-ups, was cited in The National of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates).

An article featured on about the symptoms of menopause referenced an ACSM study showing that strength training helped reduce hot flashes and headaches by 50 percent.

The Lancaster New Era quoted Michael O'Shea, Ph.D., FACSM, in an article about the health benefits of snowshoeing. “(Snowshoeing) burns more than 600 calories an hour – 45 percent more than you'd burn walking or running at the same pace,” he said.

Richard Cotton, M.A., director of ACSM certification programs, was interviewed for WTHR-TV in Indianapolis for a story on possible legislation requiring restaurants to post nutritional information. “I think it's incredibly important for someone who is poised to make a change in lifestyle and they're looking for things like that,” said Cotton. The story was also posted on

>>ACSM Certification Programs O, The Oprah Magazine and listed ACSM as a leading certification organization in an article about trusting the advice of personal trainers and other health and wellness experts.

ACSM’s new cancer specialty certification continues to gain media coverage. In the States News Service, Colleen Doyle, M.S., R.D., said, "We are very excited to be able to point cancer survivors to specially trained fitness professionals who can help them exercise safely while undergoing cancer treatment and beyond.”


Peak Performance, the blog for Runner’s World magazine, cited two studies from Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, ACSM’s official scientific journal. ACSM was also referenced in several other blogs, including Barefoot Mommy, Get Fit Festus, Diet Detective and Beginner Triathlete.


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