The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) was started on April 22, 1954 in New York City at the annual American Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (AAHPER) meeting. Joseph Wolffe, M.D, Grover Mueller, M.S.
, Ernst Jokl, M.D., Arthur Steinhaus, Ph.D., and Albert Hyman, M.D. were the visionaries of the organization.
Although, there were 11 founders listed after it was incorporated January 31st, 1955. The founders also including Clifford Brownell, Ph.D., Peter Karpovich, M.D., Leonard Larson, Ph.
D., Neils Neilson, Ph.D.
, Josephine Rathbone, Ph.D., and Louis Bishop, M.D. They created the organization at first as an American chapter of the Fédération International de Médecine du Sport but then changed the name to ACSM to include those without medical degrees. Their mission was to study the healthy and normal instead of the sick. The first office of ACSM was in Philadelphia, they are currently located in Indianapolis.
The mission of the ACSM is to improve and distribute truthful information procured from evidence-based scientific research related to exercise science and sports medicine for education and practice. The members of the ACSM are clinicians, academicians, scientist, health and fitness professionals, and students. They are a community of professionals with the common purpose of “advancing health through science, education, and medicine” (ACSM Membership, 2018). In the healthcare world, the ACSM is a bank of credible, peer-reviewed research articles for professionals to use, along with updated recommendations and guidelines. They are a resource for members to continue learning in the field of exercise and sports medicine through events such as conferences, courses, meetings, and roundtables. People can also stay up to date with the news and blog sections of the ACSM website. There is a career center on the website where members can post their resume, apply for jobs, get job alerts, career coaching, help with writing a resume, and have their references checked to make sure that they are appropriate to have on their resume. From the ACSM website, I can see a culture of evidence based practice in the organization.
They have a vice president for evidence based practice and scientific affairs. Their position standards are designed with parts of the ARCC model. The ACSM’s Evidence Based Protocol for Position Stand Development includes identifying a PICO question, a systematic review of the literature, along with critical appraisal (Craft, 2017). They then provide recommendations based on the evidence found, however, they don’t mention integrating the recommendation with clinicians expertise or patient preferences or trying the recommendation to evaluate the outcome before they are sharing the recommendations. Also, I found on their website that they support evidence-based public policy especially those that encourage their cause such as safety in sports and healthy lives. The American College of Sports Medicine is trusted and credible, it is a great resource for anyone to use to find accurate recommendations and guidelines for exercise.
It is also a wonderful source of peer reviewed research articles for professionals to use. The organization itself is a brilliant community of professionals and clearly has an emphasis on evidence based practice making their recommendations highly reliable. ReferencesACSM Membership. (2018). Retrieved January 22, 2018, from http://www.acsm.org/membershipCraft, L.
L. (2017, February 01). Active Voice: Position Stand Development at ACSM. Retrieved January 22, 2018, from http://acsm.org/public-information/acsm-blog/2017/02/01/active-voice-position-stand-development-at-acsm