Special Interest Groups & Affiliate Societies

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Special Interest Groups

ACSM's Special Interest Groups cover diverse, high-level subjects ranging from Aging to Strength and Conditioning. The groups are a forum for focused discussion, activity, and debate among members with similar, specific interests. The interest groups hold a yearly meeting in conjunction with the ACSM Annual Meeting, promote current news and research, share professional opportunities (including job openings, grant opportunities, and more), and connect ACSM members across the country and globe.

Special Interest Groups are free to join for ACSM members, including students. To join an interest group contact membership@acsm.org.


Affiliate Societies

ACSM’s Affiliate Societies allows large specialty areas of professional interest to align directly with ACSM while being authorized to operate within broadly defined parameters. These groups also have operational and programmatic independence within those parameters.

While ACSM’s Interest Groups continue to act as more informal communities of professionals with common interests, the Affiliate Society model serves those few professional interest areas where there is a sizeable critical mass of members (and prospective members) who desire a more formal and active role in advancing the specialty area aligned with ACSM.

Students and current ACSM members (CEPA only) are eligible for discounted membership rates to affiliate societies. Get more information and learn how to join the following Affiliate Societies.

Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA)

CEPA advances the scientific an practical application of clinical exercise physiology for the betterment of the health, fitness, and quality of life for patients at high risk or living with a chronic disease. 


  • Aging

  • Biomechanics

  • Bone and Osteoporosis Network Exchange

  • Cancer

  • Combat Sports

  • Endurance Athlete Medicine and Science

  • Environmental and Occupational Physiology

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • Exercise Science Education

  • Health, Fitness and Wellness Coaching

  • Medical and Wellness Issues in the Performing Arts

  • Medicine and Science of Team Sports

  • Military & Tactical Athlete

  • Minority Health and Research

  • Noninvasive Physiological Measurement

  • Nutrition

  • Youth Sport and Exercise Science

  • Physiological & Biological Mechanisms Underlying Health & Performance

  • Pregnancy and Postpartum

  • Psychobiology and Behavior