COVID-19 continues to impact each of us. The exercise science, sports medicine and scientific communities are no exception. The pandemic caused fitness facilities to close, disrupted interactions with clients and patients and halted basic science and clinical research. Revenue and funding were lost along with lab time, and physician-scientists had to shift efforts from research to patient care. Ongoing funding is critical to protect research in progress, enable new investigations and sustain the workforce.
Igniting and supporting scientific discovery remains at the heart of the ACSM Foundation. It awards more than $135,000 in grants and travel/registration awards annually to cultivate research and education, as well as support diverse, equitable and inclusive participation in exercise science and sports medicine.
As we navigate through and beyond COVID-19 and its lasting impact, research and collaboration on the science and practice of sports medicine, exercise science and physical activity are more important than ever. ACSM members have spent years researching and mitigating chronic disease risk factors. The same factors we now know exacerbate COVID-19 risks and severity. Scientific inquiry and ongoing efforts to reduce disease risk through research and public health efforts around physical activity, health and well-being must continue.
This Giving Tuesday, ACSM and the ACSM Foundation ask our members, certified professionals and the public to raise funds to support critical research in 2021. If everyone gives at least $5, we could raise more than $250,000. Imagine the scientific discoveries and impact.
Don’t let COVID-19 have the final word. Help support and activate research. Every gift makes a difference.