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What You Need to Know: Basic Pharmacology for Health Fitness Practitioners

Kilpatrick, Marcus W. Ph.D., FACSM,; Rodriguez, Carlos M.D.

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000006

LEARNING OBJECTIVE Learn basic principles of general pharmacology and specific knowledge related to pharmaceutical agents that are encountered frequently by health and fitness professionals.

Developing an increased level of awareness and knowledge related to the role of pharmacology in patients, clients, and members empowers health fi tness practitioners to be more effective in promoting healthy lifestyles through physical activity. This article functions to introduce pharmacological concepts and provide a guide to the impact of various medications on the exercise response.

Marcus W. Kilpatrick, Ph.D., FACSM, is an associate professor of Exercise Science in the School of Physical Education and Exercise Science at the University of South Florida. His education is in the areas of nutrition, kinesiology, and health education. He teaches exercise testing and prescription for healthy and clinical populations, and his research interests include physical activity motivation, perceived exertion, and mood.

Carlos Rodriguez, M.D., is an affiliate assistant professor of Family Medicine at theUniversity of South Florida College of Medicine. He also is the director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship and assistant director of the Family Medicine Residency at Bayfront Medical Center. He is a board-certified family physician with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. His research interests include platelet-rich plasma therapy injections, sports nutrition, and sports supplements.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

Marcus Kilpatrick, Ph.D., University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave PED 214, Tampa, FL 33620 (

© 2014 American College of Sports Medicine.