2021 ACSM Annual Meeting

  • June 1 – 5, 2021
  • Washington,D.C.

Preconferences & Satellite Lectures


Preconference events are held Tuesday, May 26, 2020 and are free for all conference registrants (except for Ultrasound Preconference). Some require separate registration, see below.

Gatorade Sports Science Institute’s Sports Nutrition Preconference- Beyond Food for Performance - Deep Dive Into Supplements and Performance Foods

Tuesday, May 26 | 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Lawrence Spriet, Ph.D. | University of Guelph

Eric S. Rawson, Ph.D., FACSM | Messiah College

Andrew Jones, Ph.D. | University of Exeter

Supplements and Athlete Recommendations and Pitfalls
Lisa Heaton, M.S., R.D., CSSD | The Gatorade Sports Science Institute

This preconference is free to attend, but does require separate registration either in advance of the meeting or on-site.

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

Tuesday, May 26 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 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 WHY sharing scientific and health information to meet the needs of a diverse audience is important as well as 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 news media, social media, and other platforms to meet the needs of more diverse population. It can also serve as required ACSM spokesperson media training.

Preconference Chairman:
Brian Parr, FACSM | University of South Carolina | Aiken, SC

NiCole Keith, FACSM | Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Pamela Peeke, FACSM| University of Maryland | Rockville, MD
Brian Parr, FACSM | University of South Carolina | Aiken, SC

Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics of the ISB Technical Group in Motor Control: The Control of Movement in Aging and Exercise

Tuesday, May 26 | 2:00-5:00 p.m.

The Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics is a forum to foster the growing interest in scientific work that bridges the fields of Motor Control and Biomechanics.

The Symposium is organized by the ISB Technical Group in Motor Control (http://www.mcg.isbweb.org/) and brings together internationally renowned speakers to introduce their work on the understanding of Motor Control in Biomechanics for a wide range of applications including Sports Medicine, Exercise Physiology, Rehabilitation, Kinesiology, Modeling, and more.

Who Should Attend: Researchers and students with an interest in Biomechanics and Motor Control should attend. Participants will have the opportunity to discover the latest developments at the intersection of these fields and discuss with experienced investigators.

Registration: Attendance is free for ACSM attendees. Registration will open soon.

More Information: Visit our website or the ACSM 2020 web page for updates. For additional information, please contact Dr. Paola Contessa at info@mcg.isbweb.org

Student and Early Career Preconference and Networking Fair

Tuesday, May 26 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Click here for more information!

Hydration for Health Preconference: New Insights into Hydration and Athletic Performance

Tuesday, May 26 | 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Additional details coming soon!


Functional Waters, Performance and Health: Facts and Myths

Hypohydration Impairs Endurance Performance: A Blinded Study

Pitch Your Science Contest

Impact of Hydration Status in the Pathogenesis of Exercise-induced Acute Kidney Injury

Mechanism of Dehydration Associated Kidney Injury and Impact of Rehydration with Fructose

Light snacks and beverages will be served.

Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Target Lectures, Small Group Hands-on Scanning and Practical Considerations

Tuesday, May 26 | 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Course Schedule
20 minutes - Intro to Key Ultrasound Concepts & Knee (Presentation)
25 minutes - Break-out sessions to practice concepts of knee/general
10 minutes - Intro to Shoulder (Presentation)

45 minutes - Shoulder Hands-on

10 minutes - Intro to Ankle (Presentation)

45 minutes - Ankle Hands-on

5 minutes - Conclusion/Wrap-up

Chaired By: Kentaro Onishi, D.O., University of Pittsburgh

This preconference requires a separate registration fee ($150). To register, please click here.


PINES 10 Questions 10 Experts: Processed Foods, Ultraprocessed Foods and Sports Foods - Is there a Time and Place?

Wednesday, May 27 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.

One of the most talked about scientific papers in 2018 - from scientific impact to almetric social media hits - involved the effect of an ultraprocessed diet on health and weight management of sedentary subjects. Despite attempts to match the energy density and fibre content against a diet composed mostly of unprocessed food, subjects ate around 500 kcal per day extra of the ultraprocessed food choices and gained body fat over the 2 weeks on the treatment. Sports foods like drinks, gels, bars and protein drinks represent examples of ultraprocessed foods that are used by athletes, often with the recommendation of a sports nutrition expert. How can we reconcile the valuable uses of ultraprocessed foods in the busy lives of athletes with situationally high energy demands, with general health issues. Ten important questions on this theme will be answered by 10 experts, with Nancy Clark and Louise Burke acting as Chairs and moderators.


Louise Burke, FACSM | Australian Institute of Sport

What are Ultra-Processed Foods and how does the NOVA Classification Work (or not Work)?
Melinda Manore, FACSM | University of Oregon

Is it Just about a Carb-Focused Diet and Another Reason to Embrace Lower-Carb Diets?

Louise Burke, FACSM | Australian Institute of Sport

What are the Appetite/Weight Control Consequences of Eating Ultra-Processed Foods?
James Betts, FACSM | University of Bath

What is "Clean Eating" and what are the Unintended Nutritional Consequences?
Nancy Clark, FACSM | SportsMedicine Brookline

Following this session, be sure to attend the Nutrition Interest Group meeting 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Clinical Programming

World Congress on Exercise is Medicine

World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise in Regenerative Medicine