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2018 ACSM Election

Vice President Candidate: 

Michael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM
Senior Vice President of Development and
SIVOTEC Analytics
Boca Raton, FL

1.  Please list your previous service to ACSM.

Being a Fellow and past Trustee of ACSM stand out, but I have had numerous other opportunities to serve ACSM, including: ACSM Congressional Briefings on Capitol Hill highlighting physical activity, health and safety in youth sports, and sport concussion; chair, Sickle Cell Trait in Athletics ACSM Roundtable; faculty member at various ASCM-Department of Defense roundtables, workshops, and conferences at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences on topics such as exertional heat stroke, conditioning, return to play/duty, and sickle cell trait; chair of several ACSM roundtables and task forces on youth sports and health; ACSM Science Integration & Leadership Committee; chair of the ACSM Strategic Health Initiative – Youth Sports and Health; ACSM Media Advocacy Task Force; chair of the ACSM  Environmental Physiology Special Interest Group; chair of the ACSM Interest Group Forums Committee; Texas Chapter Fall Lecture Tour; ACSM Student Affairs Committee; New England Chapter Executive Committee – ACSM student representative.

I have published a diverse range of research studies, reviews and commentaries in ACSM journals, ACSM Sports Medicine Bulletin, and Current Comments and Sports Medicine Basics as official ACSM statements. And I have frequently chaired symposiums and presented many times at the ACSM Annual Meeting, as well as at several ACSM Regional Chapters. I proudly served for more than 5 years as founding Executive Director of the ACSM-Sanford National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute.

Having already served ACSM in so many varied and enjoyable ways provides a significant advantage in facilitating new ACSM initiatives and collaborations, while shortening the trajectory and accelerating the overall effectiveness stepping into this important position and making a distinguishing difference

2.  What is ACSM’s greatest strength and how would you make that aspect of the organization even stronger?

ACSM continues to redefine and lead a unique platform and diverse and timely agenda, differentiated from any other organization, with widespread global recognition and impact in sport, sports medicine, physical activity, and health. These were founded and continue to be expertly guided, while undergoing constant healthy transformation and growth, by ACSM’s greatest asset — that is, the incredible breadth of talent, insatiable curiosity and drive, and leadership of its members. 

A key focus of mine will be to foster practical connections and new opportunities to integrate among the clinical, basic science, and applied domains of the College. As an applied physiologist, I have a broad range of experience in research, teaching, scholarly achievement, service, and leadership in academic and health care environments, along with many sport and sports medicine governing bodies and associations and the Department of Defense. From this breadth of diverse perspective, combined with expertise in and appreciation for 21st Century technology and advanced analytics, I am confident in strategically navigating, effectively integrating, and being proactively responsive to the broad scope of ACSM’s varied interests and needs.

I will be an enthusiastic advocate for building new authoritative ACSM resources and platforms that are accessible and integrated, with high utility and value, showcasing how ACSM is in the forefront of our field. These innovative, state-of-the-art, data-driven mediums will be valuable assets to all ACSM members and notably instrumental in advancing junior faculty careers and energizing and preparing students with practical solutions for real-world problems.

What is a second area of ACSM that you would like for the College to make additional progress, and how could that best be done?

ACSM has a responsibility and viable opportunity to be a more recognized and utilized “go-to” resource and authority outside of our own professional circles. ACSM’s highly valued reputation and numerous best practices benchmarks can especially extend much farther and more profoundly across the public. Advancing and more deeply implementing Exercise is Medicine®, ActivEarth, Persons with Disabilities, Youth Sports, Athletes and the Arts, and other signature initiatives, while pursuing creative revenue, new alliances, and innovative commercial opportunities for the College, will be instrumental in achieving this goal and growing the ACSM global brand.

4. ACSM works closely with many other organizations, including associations, companies, philanthropies, and governmental agencies. Indicate those organizations/companies/agencies for which you play an advisory, consulting, or leadership role.

I serve on the Academic Advisory Board for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) post-graduate Diploma Program in Sports Medicine and co-chaired (and was lead author on) the 2015 IOC Consensus on Youth Athletic Development and the 2012 IOC Consensus on Thermoregulatory and Altitude Challenges for High-level Athletes. I served a 4-year term as a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, and I continue to work with NFHS on their new Essentials of Sport Participation Initiative (where I co-chaired the consensus meeting). I am a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. I also serve as a member of the Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics (SBMT) Scientific Committee for the upcoming 15th Annual World Congress of SBMT. I serve on the editorial board for the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism and Journal of Athletic Training, as well as on the Wilderness Medical Society Research Council. I also serve as clinical and scientific consultant to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) professional tour medical services and Heat, Hydration, and Research Advisor to Major League Soccer (MLS).

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