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Fitness Pros: Take it to the Next Level

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March 14, 2013

Fitness Pros: Take it to the Next Level

ACSM can help exercise professionals find success in their career path

LAS VEGAS – In a competitive industry, how can exercise professionals distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack? In a session held at the the American College of Sports Medicine’s 17th annual Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition titled “Go to the Next Level: Strategies to Enhance Your Career,” several experts in the field will discuss the value of ACSM certification and membership to professional growth for fitness pros.

“There are many career opportunities in the health fitness profession. Being proactive is necessary for professional growth and to open up new opportunities,” said Deborah Riebe, Ph.D.  In this session, we will discuss various techniques exercise professionals can use to move forward in the industry.”

Presenters in this panel-style session include:

  • Deborah Riebe, Ph.D., FACSM, Department of Kinesiology, University of Rhode Island
  • Richard Cotton, M.S., National Director of Certification, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Pete Ronai, M.A., FACSM, Sacred Heart University
  • Linda Pescatello, Ph.D., FACSM, Department of Kinesiology, University of Connecticut

Both ACSM certification and membership can offer fitness pros distinct opportunities that can help them become a cut above the rest,” said Richard Cotton, ACSM’s National Director of Certification. “ACSM offers the gold standard in evidence-based research and can offer outstanding resources to further any exercise professional’s career.”

A growing body of research is adding to the evidence that physical activity and exercise are important for individual fitness, health and well-being, in addition to co-benefits such as health care savings and reduction of environmental impact through active transit. As growing numbers of individuals and groups seek guidance from health and fitness professionals, the expertise of those practitioners is increasingly important. Experts recommend working with professionals who hold NCCA-accredited credentials such as those from ACSM.

For information on ACSM accreditation, visit


ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition runs through March 15 in Las Vegas. For more information or to arrange an interview, contact 702-946-2042 Annie Spencer at or Lauren Johnson at

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. NOTE: Information presented at the Summit represents the professional opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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