2023 ACSM Annual Meeting & World Congresses

  • May 30 - June 2, 2023 | Denver, Colorado USA

2022 Annual Meeting Preconferences

Tuesday, May 31

GSSI - Methods to Keep the Female Athlete Healthy: From Mental to Physical Health 

11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Lunch and dessert will be served 


While there is a disparity in sports performance research on female athletes, several experts in the field are making progress in furthering the understanding of the unique characteristics and needs of this population. From physiological and nutritional needs, to mental health and performance considerations, GSSI and other leading experts will cover methods to keep the female athlete healthy. 

Learning Objectives

Discuss how low energy availability (LEA) “exposure” does not always lead to Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (REDs) and elements of the practical application of LEA to optimize health and performance.

Understand the initial data and known physiological differences that support evidence-based application for ingredients used by female athletes and discuss the possible implications.

Describe sex differences in skeletal muscle morphology and protein metabolism and identify gaps in the scientific literature related to female athlete specific protein research. 

  • GSSI Session Order

ACSM Media Spokesperson Preconference: Crafting Your Message for a Diverse Audience 

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 
Delivering your message to a diverse audience is essential to effectively communicate with people of different backgrounds and experiences. Diversity and inclusion are key aspects of the ACSM strategic plan and are important for fulfilling our scientific, advocacy, and health promotion goals. This session will include both WHY sharing scientific and health information to meet the needs of a diverse audience is important and examples from ACSM and media experts of HOW to craft an appropriate and compelling message by adapting terminology and delivery to account for group norms and personal factors. This preconference is intended for those who wish to learn new skills for publicizing their work and sharing information through traditional media, social media, and other platforms to meet the needs of more diverse population. It can also serve as required ACSM spokesperson media training. 

Chair- Brian Parr. Univ. of South Carolina Aiken, Aiken, SC.  

Gretchen Reynolds. New York Times, Santa Fe, NM.  

NiCole R. Keith. Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN.  

Pamela M. Peeke. PMP Media, LLC, Rockville, MD.  

Yuri Feito. ACSM, Indianapolis, IN.  

Student and Early Career Pre-Conference: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Sports Medicine & Exercise Science  

 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

The goal of this session is to describe how DEI is an essential component of exercise science and sports medicine. Session highlights include a discussion of the relevance of adaptive sports, physical activity research to address health inequities, and programs to increase student and faculty diversity.  

Chair- Nate Bachman. Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO.  

David X. Marquez, FACSM. University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.  

Larry Kenney, FACSM. Penn State University, University Park, PA.  

Marquell J. Johnson. University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI.  

Nailah Coleman, FACSM. Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC.  

Olivia Affuso, FACSM. University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL.  

PINES - 10 Questions, 10 Experts: Myth Busting Sports Nutrition for a Popular Athlete 

 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Although he is not generally considered in this way, the annual feat of circumnavigating the globe in a single night, and scaling up and down chimneys while carrying presents for every good child in the world makes Santa Claus the first and ultimate cross-fit athlete. The nutrition demands for these activities and the 51 weeks of high-pressure output in a hostile environment are high and merit expert attention. The sports nutrition world is filled with testimonials, too good to be true stories and practices based on “scienciness”. In this session, 10 experts will tackle 10 big questions regarding strategies that might be of benefit or distraction to Father Christmas. These experts will have 3 minutes and 3 slides to explain the concept and the current evidence behind some popularly touted dietary strategies, while the audience will have a further 3 minutes to debate the pros and cons of a strategy before deciding whether the myth is busted, supported or rated equivocal. 

Louise M. Burke, FACSM. Australian Catholic University, Canberra, Australia.  

Melinda Manore, FACSM. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.