May 29 – June 2, 2018 • Minneapolis, Minnesota


Bridging research and practice for healthy, active lives!

This comprehensive sports medicine and exercise science conference is the one place to get it all—programming that covers the science, practice, public health, and policy aspects of sports medicine, exercise science, and physical activity.

All 2018 educational sessions will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Exercise is Medicine sessions and social events will take place at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, which is the ACSM headquarter hotel.

In addition to an extraordinary array of original science and clinical sessions, meeting attendees can look forward to:

  • A new World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise and Muscle Hypertrophy and Atrophy.  The ninth year for this meeting-within-a-meeting showcases in 2018 basic science sessions focused on the basic science of exercise and Muscle Hypertrophy and Atrophy.
  • A clinical sports medicine track, including CAQ review sessions and clinical case thematic poster sessions
  • The continuation of a Graduate and Early Career Day pre-conference focused on the development of careers for graduate students and early career professionals.

2018 Objectives

At the conclusion of the Annual Meeting, participants should be able to:

1. Evaluate the biological, biomechanical, psychological and behavioral changes accompanying exercise in both normal and pathological states.
2. Analyze state-of-the art and innovative basic science, applied science, and clinical medicine in the areas of exercise, fitness, health, and physical performance.
3. Compare new approaches and perspectives concerning exercise science and sports medicine through interactive discussions with scientists and clinicians in related fields.
4. Recognize the importance of basic science research as it relates to diseases and conditions that exist due to physical inactivity.
5. Assess how physical activity research and practice can contribute to public health.

Clinically Specific Objectives:

6. Incorporate new guidelines into the care of the female athlete to improve energy availability in order to safely return to play in their sport
7. Develop strategies to counsel patients with chronic diseases to participate in physical activity to improve function and quality of life.
8.   Evaluate appropriate diagnostic and non-pharmacologic treatment strategies for young athletes with musculoskeletal pain in order to prevent further injury and return them to play.
9. Determine which patients with common congenital heart diseases are at risk for sudden cardiac death and refer for advanced cardiac care when appropriate.
10. Perform a comprehensive evaluation of an athlete with a concussion in order to determine a safe plan for rehabilitation and decrease the risk of post-concussive symptoms.
11. Develop a treatment plan using current recommendations to prescribe effective exercise and physical activity plans to children, adolescents and adults to enhance health and prevent disease.