Get a brief history of the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, and an overview of the content and new features of the book's newly released eighth edition.
Linda S. Pescatello, Ph.D., FACSM, CPD, is a professor in kinesiology at the University of Connecticut. She holds joint appointments in the Departments of Allied Health Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, and Physiology and Neurobiology at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on genetic and clinical determinants of blood pressure and muscle responses to exercise, the effects of cholesterol medications on exercise performance, and physical activity and contingency management as interventions to curb hazardous drinking among college students and enhance treatment adherence among minority populations with overweight and obesity and HIV-positive substance abusers. She recently completed her term as chairwoman of the ACSM Pronouncements Committee, has served on the ACSM Board of Trustees and Administrative Council, and is a past president of the New England Chapter of ACSM.
Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, FAACVPR, is a regents professor of exercise science in the Department of Kinesiology and Health (College of Education) at Georgia State University, where he has a second academic appointment in the Division of Nutrition (School of Health Professions, College of Health and Human Sciences). He has lectured on health promotion and fitness topics in 22 countries on 5 continents. He has recently served on the Board of Trustees of ACSM and was twice elected a member of its Administrative Council. He is currently serving as the chairman of the ACSM American Fitness Index™ Advisory Board and chairman of the NSF International Joint Committee on Health Fitness Facilities Standards.
Neil F. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., FACSM, is the chief medical and science officer for Nationwide Better Health and founder of the INTERVENT lifestyle management and chronic disease risk reduction programs. His research focuses on elucidating the effects of age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other variables on the therapeutic responsiveness to lifestyle intervention. Dr. Gordon is a former vice president of the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, chairman of the American Heart Association's Committee on Exercise, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Prevention, and member of the ACSM Board of Trustees.