LEARNING OBJECTIVE: The reader can expect to learn from this article a brief history of the ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription and the content and new features of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, Ninth Edition.
The purpose of this article is to provide a brief history of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription and an overview of the content and new features of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, Ninth Edition
Linda S. Pescatello, Ph.D., FACSM, C.P.D., is a professor in Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on genetic and clinical determinants of the response of health/fitness phenotypes to exercise, the effects of cholesterol medications on blood pressure and exercise performance, and physical activity and contingency management as interventions to curb hazardous drinking among a variety of healthy and clinical populations. Dr. Pescatello is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Citation Award recipient and was an associate editor of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, eighth edition. She has served as an ACSM Vice President of Basic and Allied Science and Chair of the ACSM Pronouncements Committee.
Ross Arena, Ph.D., P.T., FACSM, is a professor and chief of the Physical Therapy Program at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Arena’s research expertise is in the areas of exercise testing and rehabilitation in patients with cardiopulmonary disease. He is a fellow and active member of the American Heart Association, American College of Sports Medicine, and American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Currently, he is the chair of the Exercise, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Secondary Prevention Committee for the American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology. Dr. Arena also is currently on the Council on Clinical Cardiology Leadership Committee of the American Heart Association.
Deborah Riebe, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Rhode Island. Her research focuses on the promotion of physical activity in special populations including older adults, patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and individuals with overweight conditions and obesity. She serves as chair of ACSM’s Committee on Certification and Registry Boards and is a past president of the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Paul D. Thompson, M.D., FACSM, is chief of Cardiology at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT, and professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT. He has authored more than 300 scientific articles on topics that include the effects of exercise training on preventing and treating heart disease, the risk of sudden death during exercise, the effects of statins on muscle function, and genetic factors affecting the exercise response. He also is an associate editor of the Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine and the editor of the book Exercise and Sports Cardiology. He is a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine.
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