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The American College of Sports Medicine's resource library offers a comprehensive collection of books, infographics, articles, videos, publications and more for ACSM members and the public about sports medicine and exercise science. ACSM is dedicated to empowering members and advancing a better life for all. Use the search feature or the filters on the left side of the page to locate specific resources of interest. 

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Supporting Your Clients' Emotional Needs | Infographic

Exercise professionals help clients with more than just physical health. How can we support their mental health while looking after our own emotions too? Check out these tips, developed with ACSM partner Wellcoaches.

Top 3 Evidence-Based Practices for Exercise Programming in Autism

Effective exercise programming across a diverse client base includes evidence-based practices (EBPs). Three procedures shown here produce positive outcomes for exercise engagement, particularly for clients with autism. These EBPs involve universal design, which increases inclusivity and utility in different settings for this population.

Social Determinants of Health | Infographic

Your client’s health and well-being, and your ability to understand and meet their needs, are affected by the context you each live in — your social determinants of health. Learn more in this infographic, developed with ACSM partner Wellcoaches.

Physical Activity Reduces Risk of Osteoarthritis for Those with Obesity

Adults 18-50 with obesity have an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis. Fortunately, regular physical activity – through a combination of aerobic and strength training – can help protect against osteoarthritis by increasing muscle strength and cardiovascular health.

How to Create Fitness Resolutions that will Actually Stick

Don't set lofty fitness resolutions that won't stick. Follow these tips to create goals that will truly move you forward.

Assisting the Apprehensive Exerciser

When meeting with new clients looking to lose weight or get in better shape, you may find that many are dealing with internal negativity and self-doubt. It’s important to know how to help them through these emotional barriers, improving their chances of a successful fitness journey. Check out tips in this infographic developed with ACSM partner Wellcoaches.

Five Practices for Staying Calm, Focused and Productive during the Holidays | Infographic

Life is busy, stressful and unpredictable — particularly during the holiday season. Practice all five of these suggestions and you’ll find you have more focused and intentional time than you thought to tackle work tasks, home life and more. Developed in partnership with Wellcoaches.

Halloween Safety Tips | Infographic

Halloween can be a fun holiday for families if you follow these safety tips to keep trick-or-treaters and party goers safe at night!

AED Poster

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates increase by 50% if CPR and defibrillation are used within 3-5 minutes.

When Should I Get an X-ray for My Foot or Ankle Injury? | Infographic

If you’ve recently hurt your ankle, you may be concerned that you have a sprained or broken ankle. Distinguishing between them can be difficult and an accurate diagnosis often requires an X-ray. Follow these guidelines when evaluating an ankle injury, shared by Kyle Samyn, D.O., in this infographic.

Activity Guidelines for School-Age Children | Infographic

School-aged children should get at least 60 minutes of moderate- or vigorous-intensity physical activity every day of the week. Learn more in this infographic created by Jessie Fudge, M.D., FACSM.