Texas ACSM

Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine

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2022 TACSM Annual Meeting: Feb 24-25th in Waco, TX. Click here to register.

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Greetings TACSM student and professional members. The TACSM Board of Directors hopes that everybody continues to remain safe as we all continue to manage issues concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. On a more positive note, we will be hosting our annual TACSM meeting in 2022 in person on Thursday and Friday, February 24th and 25th, at the Waco Convention Center. Our Executive Director, Lem Taylor, and the remainder of the TACSM executive leadership team has been working closely with the Waco Convention Center and National ACSM to ensure that we are able to deliver a safe and effective conference. As is usual, we will offer state of the art research and clinical content to our membership while also providing an enriching and inspirational experience for our students to remain, or become, engaged and passionate about the overarching field of kinesiology and exercise-science.   

For the meeting this year, please pay special notice to email announcements and the TACSM website (www.tacsm.org) which will provide more detailed information about the 2022 TACSM Annual Meeting. In addition, please refer to the TACSM website for more detail on the full meeting agenda. That being said, we are proud to announce that we have assembled an exciting group of speakers who will cover a wide range of basic and applied research and clinical topics. Briefly, we are pleased to announce our Major Awards and Keynote Speakers: The TACSM Service Award recipient this year is Dr. Scott McLean from Southwestern University. The TACSM Honor Award recipient is Dr. Hiro Tanaka from the University of Texas and he will present on global and exotic research in the field of exercise physiology. The Raven Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Arny Ferrando from the University of Arkansas Medical School regarding protein homeostasis in the stress state. And as has been a primary focus of TACSM since its inception, we will continue to offer student speaking opportunities and awards for various content including the Student Research Development Awards, Manuscript Awards, and the President’s Cup. Also offered, a highlight for our annual meeting, is the Student Bowl competition.

Last but certainly not least, we are fortunate to have obtained many different University and Industry sponsors for this upcoming meeting. You will be able to see these advertised in association with our meeting agenda. While at the meeting please visit the sponsor’s booths to see what they have to offer and to thank them for their support of TACSM. The Board of Directors encourages all membership to take advantage of these opportunities to reach out to these sponsors as much as possible.

Please check the both the TACSM website (www.tacsm.org) for chapter updates and the national ACSM website (www.acsm.org) for important developments and information regarding professional preparation, certifications, and research as we progress into the coming year.

I look forward to seeing all of you for our TACSM Annual Meeting, in Waco, on February 24th and 25th, 2022.

Darryn S. Willoughby, PhD
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Texas ACSM President 2021-2022


Two Easy Ways to Join or Renew Your TACSM Dues-
1) Join when you join/renew your ACSM dues.  Simply select Texas as your regional chapter and pay the applicable fee.  
2) Join/renew online today.

New Students-
 $15 USD per year. If you join TACSM in conjunction with attending an Annual Meeting, then you can receive a $15 discount on your 1st year attendee registration.
Returning Students- $15 USD
Professional Members- $35 USD

As a member of TACSM you will have access to the following professional opportunities:

1) Twice-yearly lecture tours by well-known exercise science and sports medicine professionals. A speaker from outside Texas gives a lecture each fall, and one of our own accomplished scholars tours the state in the spring.

2) The TACSM Annual Scientific Meeting held in late February/early March during which:

    • Students have the opportunity to present their research in poster format (70-80 are presented each year).
    • Awards are given for the top three posters in the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral categories.
    • Students can compete for the manuscript award. The top three or four awardees will present their work as a slide presentation.
    • Nationally recognized exercise science/sports medicine authorities present timely and scholarly information.
    • You will have the chance to meet fellow students from across the state, and also make important professional contacts with the leading exercise scientists and clinical professionals in Texas.
    • The Raven Lecture is given by a recognized leader in our field as the keynote address of the Annual Meeting.
    • Students have the opportunity to compete for funding to support their research through the Student Development Research Award.

Membership Data


Male - 50%
Female - 50%

Area of Interest
Basic and Applied Sciences - 26% 
Alliance Health Fitness - 40%
Medicine - 13%
Education & Allied Health - 16%
Other- 5%
Students- 60%
Professional:  Exercise Physiologist- 8%
Professional:  Other Basic/Applied Sciences- 5%
Allied Health & Fitness professionals- 5%
All Other Areas- 22%

Region of the State
DFW/North Texas - 34%
Houston/East Texas - 23%
Central Texas - 24%
San Antonio/South Texas - 10%
Panhandle/West Texas - 7% 
Out of State - 2%

Darryn S. Willoughby, Ph.D.


Eric Jones, Ph.D.


Lem Taylor, Ph.D.

Executive Director