Meeting Info

Meeting Information

SWACSM 2021 Annual Meeting

October 29-30th, 2021

Hotel website:

Orange County Costa Mesa Hilton Hotel

This year's conference will be held at the Costa Mesa Hilton. Be sure to book your hotel room before the SWACSM discount room block closes on September 28th. When you register, please mention that you are with the Southwest American College of Sports Medicine conference and you can reserve the room for a discounted price of $139. You must call the hotel (714-540-7000) to get the discount!

Conference Info:

This year, we are offering a Covid-19 return to in-person meeting discount. The registration rate for professional members is $125 and the rate for current students is $65. Students who register for the meeting will also automatically become SWACSM members. Professionals have the option to pay chapter membership dues at the time of conference registration. 


SWACSM is committed to delivering a safe conference experience. Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, face coverings (surgical or cotton masks) that cover both the mouth and nose will be required for all SWACSM annual meeting attendees while indoors. Symposium and keynote presenters will be given the option to remove face coverings while speaking at the podium at a safe distance from attendees. Please plan accordingly. Conference goers who do not abide by the mask mandate will be asked to vacate the conference hotel.


Registration for the annual meeting (October 29-30th, 2021) is available now.  

Click here to register!



Click here for the Exhibitor application:

Exhibit Application

New this year:

In 2021, we plan on publishing our annual program (including abstracts) on a new platform that utilizes the International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings (IJES). Which means, all abstracts this year get published on IJES! (
The SWACSM is a student-centered organization. We recognize the value to students and to the rest of the community in showcasing student work. All abstracts that follow posted submission guidelines will be accepted for presentation during the poster session and will be published. Don't miss out on this opportunity to present and be published at SWACSM. Please go the the Abstract Info drop-down under the Meetings tab above for more information.

2021 Program Preview:

This year's program is one you will not want to miss. Be sure to check out the program preview below!


2021 Meeting Program Preview 

Click below for the final program!

Scan QR code below for direct access to Guidebook app!

Guidebook is the official app of the Southwest ACSM Annual Meeting. Download it to follow at the meeting!

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 Conference highlights include:

1.    Two demonstration/workshops, Friday 8-9 a.m.
2.    Two DB Dill General Sessions
3.    One Founder’s Lecture General Session
4.    Eight symposia
5.    Undergraduate Student Research Award Competition, Friday 11-12:30 p.m.
6.    Graduate Student Research Award Competition, Friday, 1:45-3:15 p.m.
7.    Two poster sessions, Friday 5-7 p.m. and Saturday 12:30-2:30 p.m.
8.    Student Jeopardy Competition, Friday 7-8:30 p.m.

Don't miss out!


Continuing Education Credits (CECs)

CECs will be awarded upon request according to ACSM policy (1.0 CEC for each hour of educational content attended). Please contact SWACSM Executive Director Jack Young ( for CEC requests after the conference website has closed.

Student Jeopardy Quiz Bowl!

After taking a year off, the 11th annual Southwest Student Jeopardy Bowl returns and will be held at the Costa Mesa Hilton on Friday October 29th, 2021. All Universities and Colleges are invited to bring a team of 3 currently enrolled undergraduate students to answer questions on categories including anatomy, biomechanics, cardiovascular physiology, EKG, and exercise prescription, to name a few. The format will be like that of the longstanding television show, Jeopardy, with single jeopardy questions being easier than double jeopardy questions, and a final jeopardy question being the most difficult. All questions will have a dollar amount associated with the answer, and the team with the highest total at the end of the night will be victorious.

We’re looking forward to having more Universities participate, resulting in the “best and brightest” representing the Southwest Chapter at the 2022 ACSM annual meeting in San Diego (our home turf!). Registration is paid for by the National ACSM and the Regional Chapter will contribute funds for travel, lodging, and food. Each University is also expected to contribute a portion of the cost. Faculty should identify a team of complementary members who can work together in answering questions. Each University is encouraged to bring as many students as possible to support their team, wear their school colors, and cheer them on to victory!

Registration is available now:

Click here to register your team!

All Universities interested in competing must complete the above form before 5:00pm PDT September 24th, 2021, so we can make necessary arrangements for the room and audio-visual equipment. Although each institution in the region can submit the names for up to two teams, institutions are only guaranteed one spot. The more Universities that participate, the better the selection process will be, and the stronger the team we send forward to National.

In order to compete, each team must also have a professional representative or graduate student available to serve as a judge during the competition. Contact MAL-Abstracts and Awards, James Navalta, PhD, if you have any questions. 


Want to eat near the conference? Click on the Yelp link below for sample walking distance (or short drive) eateries! Check out places like Rooster Cafe, Habana, Fireside Tavern, Hashigo Korean Kitchen, Anjin, Le Cafe, Folks, Capital Noodle Bar, and Blackmarket Bakery! All are along Bristol Street outside the hotel.

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