ACSM History

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Explore ACSM's Rich History

ACSM was founded in 1954 by a small group of physical educators and physicians who recognized that health problems were associated with certain lifestyle choices, especially smoking and lack of exercise. Since then, ACSM members from all professional backgrounds have applied their knowledge, training and dedication in sports medicine and exercise science to promote healthier lifestyles for people around the globe.

In 1984, the ACSM National Center relocated to Indianapolis, IN, and our strong heritage, combined with our visionary approach to the future, means ACSM continues to grow and prosper as the world's premier sports medicine organization.

For more detail about ACSM history, view our interactive timeline or read Out of Many, One: A History of the American College of Sports Medicine by Jack W. Berryman, Ph.D., FACSM. Click here for more information about the book.

Historical Timeline

Take a trip through ACSM's rich history using our interactive historical timeline.» Learn More

Distinguished Leaders

ACSM's Distinguished Leaders video series highlights influential leaders of the past.» Learn More

Past Leaders

See a listing of the influential leaders of ACSM since our founding in 1954.» Learn More

Award & Grant Winners

Past winners of the ACSM Foundation Research Grant Program have used funding to launch prominent, influential careers. » Learn More




Past Annual Meetings

See a list of ACSM's past Annual Meetings.» Learn More

ACSM Past Presidents - Pearls of Wisdom