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Several weeks removed from the largest conference in sports medicine, exercise science, basic/applied science, physical activity, and public health – the ACSM Annual meeting – you always become revitalized by the number of great scientist who present their research.  In addition, you also become quite aware there is more work to be done!  This post, will begin a series of entries, which will affect most professionals involved in the field of exercise physiology – either teaching or practicing.

Several months ago, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published the newest edition of the Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.  Since 1975, the ACSM has published these Guidelines, which in addition to its supportive texts, serve as the primary resource for professionals performing exercise tests and/or designing exercise programs. In addition, the text serves as one of the primary resource for those seeking certification from the ACSM.

This version of the Guidelines, now in its Ninth Edition, (1) highlights the importance of an active lifestyle for all individuals, regardless of any medical condition; (2) introduces the concepts of ‘volume’ and ‘progression’ to the currently used ‘FITT’ principle; (3) provides an expanded view of testing and exercise programs for special populations; and (4) includes a new chapter completely devoted to behavioral strategies — definitely a MUST HAVE resource for any fitness professional! You can read more about these changes in a recent article by the authors.

Throughout a series of post, I will highlight some of the major changes in this edition and provide examples to gain further understanding of the topics covered.  Stop by next week to learn about one of the most significant changes – the Pre-participation Health Screening.

In the mean time, Be Active!