ACSM Resource Library

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The American College of Sports Medicine's resource library offers a comprehensive collection of books, infographics, articles, videos, publications and more for ACSM members and the public about sports medicine and exercise science. ACSM is dedicated to empowering members and advancing a better life for all. Use the search feature or the filters on the left side of the page to locate specific resources of interest. 

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PAR-Q+ | Official Download

The official PAR-Q aka Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire

Pregnancy and Physical Activity

Pregnancy is a unique time and opportunity to optimize health behaviors. All women without contraindication should be physically active throughout their pregnancy, including previously inactive, those with gestational diabetes and those overweight and obese. Expert Dr. Patti Bauer summarizes benefits of exercise during pregnancy, recommendations, safety precautions and special considerations for the postpartum period.

Teaching Barbell Movements and Implementing a Premium Strength Program | Video

One of the most popular workshops offered at the ACSM Summit is "Do It Right: Teaching Barbell Movements and Implementing a Premium Strength Program." In this workshop Kyle Kercher, Pete Ronai and Brad Roy provide attendees with "Do It Right" primary barbell exercises, training progressions and regressions and auxiliary exercises. The two-part session is divided into a lower body focus on day one and upper and power movements on day two.

Four Ways to Develop a Healthy Mindset

Athletes and non-athletes alike need to develop a skill set that will improve "mental toughness" and allow them to develop a healthy mindset, particularly in the face of challenges. Dr. Chertok outlines a simple toolkit.

Back into Action: A Coach’s Guide to Putting a Player back in the Game | Infographic

Non-life threatening injuries are a common part of sport activity. Seeking help is smart and safe and can help athletes from developing more serious problems if the injury is not evaluated and treated properly. This infographic provides general rules of thumb for when to seek immediate medical help and when it is safe to send players back into the game.

Physical Activity Guidelines: Cancer

This chart outlines the effects of exercise on health-related outcomes in those with cancer. The guide features evidence-based physical activity recommendations and the associated benefits for specific symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatments.

Effective Strategies to Enhance Long Term Athletic Development - How to Reduce Overuse and Burnout Injuries in Young Athletes

To maximize Long Term Athletic Development, young athletes benefit from developing well-rounded fundamental motor skills. Learn six key ways to reduce overuse injuries and burnout in young athletes.

Halloween Safety Tips | Infographic

Halloween can be a fun holiday for families if you follow these safety tips to keep trick-or-treaters and party goers safe at night!

A Road Map to Effective Muscle Recovery

As a physically active individual, recovery is key to preventing injuries and allowing the body to rebuild itself after the stress of exercise. Our muscles, tendons, ligaments and energy stores require recovery, repair and replenishment to perform at our best during the next exercise bout. Learn about effective muscle recovery methods in this brochure.