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ABOUT THE ACSM
With 35,000 members, the American College of Sports Medicine is the largest and most-respected sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. Founded in 1954, the ACSM works to promote and integrate scientific research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life for people worldwide.
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Barbara A. Bushman, PhD, FASCM is certified as a program director and exercise specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is a professor at Missouri State University. She received her PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Toledo and has teaching experience in identification of health risks, exercise testing and prescription, anatomy, and physiology. Bushman also is the associate editor of ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer and a reviewer for ACSM's Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Women & Health, and ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal. She has been a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine since 1999, serving on the ACSM Media Referral Network.
Bushman is the lead author of Action Plan for Menopause as well as numerous research articles. She resides in Strafford, Missouri, with her husband, Tobin. She participates in numerous activities in her leisure time, including running, cycling, hiking, weightlifting, kayaking, and scuba diving.
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
Christopher Berger, PhD, CSCS, is an exercise physiologist formerly with the University of Pittsburgh, but now at The George Washington University where he teaches exercise physiology. He is a certified member of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Berger specializes in metabolism and weight management.
Keith Burns, MS, is a graduate student in the department of exercise science at the University of South Carolina. His academic interests are in the area of clinical exercise physiology with a research focus to better understanding how daily physical activity and exercise provide health benefits for people with chronic diseases and disabilities.
Wojtek Chodzko Zajko, PhD, is with the department of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He focuses on the effect of exercise and physical activity on health and quality of life in old age. Chodzko Zajko is active on several professional advisory boards such as the Scientific Advisory Committee of the World Health Organization, which developed the WHO Guidelines for Physical Activity Among Older Persons, and the WHO task force charged with developing a strategy for integrating physical activity into a comprehensive program of active aging. Chodzko-Zajko is the principal investigator on projects charged with developing a national strategy for promoting healthy aging in the United States.
Shawn H. Dolan, Ph D, RD, CSSD, is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and American Dietetic Association (ADA). She is currently the assistant director of Sports Dietetics USA, a subunit of Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition, a dietetic practice groups within ADA. Dolan is a sport dietitian and physiologist with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). She works primarily with the team and technical sports folio. Prior to the USOC, Dolan was an assistant professor of kinesiology at California State University at Long Beach, where she taught sport and wellness nutrition, resistance training program design, exercise physiology, and fundamentals of personal training.
J. Larry Durstine, PhD, is a fellow and past president of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is a distinguished professor at the University of South Carolina and serves as chair of the department of exercise science and director of clinical exercise programs. Durstine has published over 70 refereed research publications, edited 8 books, and written more than 30 book chapters. His research interest includes the effects of physical activity on blood lipid and lipoprotein concentrations. He has examined the relationships between exercise and novel cardiovascular disease risk factors in men, minority women, and people with chronic diseases and disabilities.
Avery Faigenbaum, EdD, is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is a professor at the College of New Jersey in the department of health and exercise science. Faigenbaum’s research interests include various resistance training techniques as well as the benefits of physical activity for school-age youth. As a researcher and practitioner in the field of exercise science, he has developed successful youth fitness programs and has authored numerous scientific publications, book chapters, and eight books including Youth Strength Training (Human Kinetics, 2009).
William B. Farquhar, PhD, is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and is an associate professor in the department of kinesiology and applied physiology at the University of Delaware. Farquhar studies blood pressure regulation in humans and teaches undergraduate and graduate physiology courses. He publishes his research findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals and regularly presents at national meetings.
Amy Fowler, BS, is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and is an ACSM certified exercise specialist and registered clinical exercise physiologist. She is the manager of preventive cardiology at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Fowler’s professional interests are women’s heart health, diabetes management, and patient advocacy.
Barry A. Franklin, PhD, is director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Laboratories at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. He holds adjunct faculty appointments at Oakland University, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and the University of Michigan Medical School. He served as president of the AACVPR in 1988 and president of ACSM in 1999. In 2010, he was appointed to the AHA board of trustees. Franklin is a past editor in chief of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and currently holds editorial positions with 17 scientific and clinical journals. He has written or edited more than 500 publications, including 27 books.
Anthony Giglio, MS, PA-C, is a physician assistant currently working in endocrinology at St. John’s Health System in Springfield, Missouri. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He is a graduate of the Missouri State Physician Assistant Program.
Gregory A. Ledger, MD, FACP, FACE, is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a fellow of the American College of Endocrinology. He is currently section chair for the department of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism with St. John's Health System in Springfield, Missouri. Ledger is board certified in internal medicine with subspecialty board certification in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. Ledger has a clinical practice with St. John's Clinic and also conducts clinical research in the fields of diabetes, osteoporosis, and hyperlipidemia.
Marcus Kilpatrick, PhD, is an ACSM Certified exercise specialist and health fitness specialist. He is an associate professor in exercise science at the University of South Florida and primarily teaches in the areas of exercise psychology and fitness assessment and prescription. Kilpatrick’s research interests center on psychological responses to exercise including affect, perceived exertion, and motivation. His research aims to better understand the physical activity experience and facilitate lifelong engagement in sport and exercise.
Laura Kruskall, PhD, RD, CSSD, is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and an ACSM certified health fitness specialist. She is the director of nutrition sciences at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and teaches in the areas of sports nutrition and medical nutrition therapy. Kruskall’s research interests include the effects of exercise and nutritional interventions on body composition and energy metabolism. Kruskall is a member of the editorial board for ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal and is a nutrition consultant for Canyon Ranch SpaClub and Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.
A. Lynn Millar, PT, PhD, is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. She is a professor in the department of physical therapy at Andrews University, where she supervises all of the graduate research. Millar’s areas of interest include arthritis, adolescent sports injuries, and exercise for the patient population. She has published and presented on a wide variety of therapy-related topics and authored the text, ACSM’s Action Plan for Arthritis in 2003 (Human Kinetics).
Don W. Morgan, PhD, is a professor in the department of health and human performance and director of the Center for Physical Activity and Health in Youth at Middle Tennessee State University. An exercise physiologist, Morgan conducts research focusing on the role physical activity plays in improving the health, fitness, and mobility of youth and adults. Morgan is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and an ACSM certified health fitness instructor. He is also a former president of the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine.
Lanay Mudd, PhD, holds a dual-major doctoral degree in kinesiology and epidemiology from Michigan State University. She is an assistant professor at Appalachian State University and teaches in the area of health promotion. Mudd’s research interests center on the maternal and chil...