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ACSM to Preview 9th Edition of Exercise Guidelines

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March 13, 2013

ACSM to Preview 9th Edition of Exercise Guidelines

New edition will feature chapter on behavioral theories, strategies for promoting exercise

LAS VEGAS – The American College of Sports Medicine’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription is the go-to resource for anyone conducting exercise testing or exercise programs across the globe. Since it was first published in 1975, it has been the primary guide for researchers, trainers, and exercise physiologists. The latest edition of this trusted manual will be released at ACSM’s 17th Annual Health & Fitness Summit, running March 12-16 in Las Vegas. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn the history of ACSM’s Guidelines to Exercise Testing and Prescription, hear about new important themes and innovations in the latest edition, and interact with the editorial team.

“The ninth edition offers new information, along with an additional chapter on behavioral theories and the mind-body connection in exercise.” said Linda Pescatello, Ph.D., FACSM, CPD, the book’s senior editor. She also noted, “Another difference guide users will notice is a reduced emphasis on the need for medical evaluation in healthy people, along with a stronger need to identify those clients with disease because they are at highest risk for exercise-related cardiac event.”

New to the book will be more specific information about working with several special populations, including those who have had bariatric surgery. Users of the guide will also notice a stronger emphasis on offering encouragement to the general population regarding the adoption of a physically active lifestyle. The chapter on common medication has been updated by pharmacists from the University of Connecticut. There is an addition of several special populations including those with bariatric surgery.

Pescatello and the associate editors will present the new features of the guide and hold Q & A session about the book for participants at the ACSM Summit.


ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition runs through March 15 in Las Vegas. For more information or to arrange an interview, contact 702-946-2042 Annie Spencer at or Lauren Johnson at


The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. NOTE: Information presented at the Summit represents the professional opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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