May 28 – June 1, 2019 • Orlando, Florida


Preconference events are held Tuesday, May 29, 2018 and are free for all conference registrants. Some require separate registration, see below.

Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics:
ISB Working Group in Motor Control
Sponsored By: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Tuesday, May 29, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Hyatt-Nicollet Ballroom A

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 around the topic Innovative techniques towards a new approach to sports and exercise.

The Symposium is organized by the ISB Working Group in Motor Control ( 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.

NSF-sponsored Student Travel Awards: Ten travel awards will be offered to support the participation of US-based students to the symposium. The awards consist of an amount of US $ 500. Application: Guidelines and application procedures can be found here. Deadline for application: May 20th 2018. Award Notification: May 25th 2018

Registration: Symposium attendance is free for ACSM attendees and breakfast will be kindly offered by the De Luca Foundation, MA. If you would like to participate, please register at

Schedule: Full details at (see symposium flyer)

With the Support of the National Science Foundation (NSF): This symposium is supported by the Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering (DARE) program of NSF under Grant Number #1821895. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this symposium do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

More Information: Visit our website for updates. For additional information, please contact Dr. Paola Contessa at


GAT11_018_902_Logo_GSSIGatorade Sports Science Institute’s Sports Nutrition Preconference- Recent Advances in Sports Nutrition: Re-Visiting the Basics

Tuesday, May 29, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

As we push the boundaries of sports science, including sports nutrition, it is equally important to revisit the basics: both to understand recent advances to inform future breakthroughs, but also to re-ground us in the fundamentals. These sessions will do just that – take a fresh look at advances and recent discoveries related to hydration, carbohydrate, and protein and provide ideas and examples on their application in sport.

  • Hydration – Lindsay Baker, PhD, FACSM – Gatorade Sports Science Institute, USA
  • Carbohydrates – Gareth Wallis, PhD, FHEA – University of Birmingham, UK
  • Protein – Nicholas Burd, PhD – University of Illinois, USA
  • Practical Applications – Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD – USA

This preconference is free to attend, but does require separate registration either in advance of the meeting or on-site – CLICK HERE to sign up in advance!


ACSM Media Spokesperson Preconference: Your Message – Develop, Shape, and Convey It

Tuesday, May 29, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hyatt-Great Lakes A

Here’s a head’s up to show up for this all-star media training preconference!

As a health fitness professional, it is imperative that you know how to TALK, TRANSLATE and TWEET your message out to the media, peers, consumers and various organizations. You’ve done great work in fitness, exercise science and sports medicine. So, what? Now what? You need to know how to communicate the fruits of your labors, but you can’t do it if you don’t know how to reach out with stimulating, engaging methods to stir up interest, conversation and even funding!

Nationally renowned ACSM multimedia experts will share their top media secrets for building catchy, clear and credible outreach messages to target audiences. Acclaimed New York Times writer Gretchen Reynolds will share her secrets for piquing the media’s interest in your work. Experienced ACSM media experts will show you how to craft sexy, simple, sticky soundbites to nail any media interview.

But wait, there’s more! Listen up ACSM students! The first annual TRANSLATE and TWEET STUDENT CONTEST is being held in conjunction with this preconference, and you’ll be able to show off your skills competing with your fellow ACSM peers. Learn more about the contest and submit your entry by May 7, 2018. A winner will be chosen by the preconference members and audience, and prizes will be given! This will be way too much fun, and we’ll be tweeting and promoting the whole preconference on all forms of social media. You’ll be a star!



Introduction and MC Angela D. Smith, FACSM. Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children, Bryn Mawr, PA.
Reporting Your Results For My Readers   Gretchen Reynolds. New York Times, New York, NY.
Succinct Substantial Soundbites and Summaries   Dan Benardot, FACSM. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
Myth-busting Messages   Carol Torgan, FACSM. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, NIH, Bethesda, MD.
TRANSLATE and TWEET Contest Commentary – Messaging from ACSM Published Papers  

Pam Peeke, FACSM. University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.

Graduate and Early Career Day Preconference and Networking Fair

Tuesday, May 29, 3:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Click here for more information!

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Hydration for Health Academy: Historical perspectives and emerging evidence of the importance of hydration beyond performance

Tue., May 29, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Pre-register now for a chance to win one of two Amazon Echo Show smart speakers (retail value $229), and be sure to attend in person!  Winners must be present during the Hydration for Health Academy Pre-conference.

Interest in hydration science, extending beyond performance implications, has grown over the past decade.  Today, the field of hydration science includes topics around water and fluid intake habits, occupational health and safety, kidney health, and the long-term implications of chronic water-saving.

This pre-conference will cover:

  • A historical perspective on the origins of hydration research, its evolution to cover questions around hydration in daily life, and accurate assessment of water and fluid intake;
  • Dehydration mechanisms and impact from three health perspectives: Mesoamerican Nephropathy, a renal disease resulting from recurrent heat stress, intense physical activity at work and repeated cycles of dehydration; dehydration associated with exercise and heat stress linked to oxidative stress and DNA damage; and exercise and cardiac output at high intensity linked to renal injury.


  • Lawrence Armstrong Ph.D., FACSM, University of Connecticut, USA
  • Erica Perrier, Ph.D., C.S.C.S., Danone Nutricia Research, France
  • Isabelle Guelinckx, Ph.D., R.D., Danone Nutricia Research, France
  • Richard Johnson, M.D., University of Colorado, USA
  • Colleen Muñoz, Ph.D., University of Hartford, USA
  • Evan Johnson, Ph.D., University of Wyoming, USA

Food and beverages will be served.  To pre-register, please click here.



Special Lecture

PINES Ten Questions, Ten Experts: Alcohol and Sport

Wednesday, May 30
Reception: 5:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Session: 5:45 – 7:15 p.m.

Hyatt-Greenway Ballroom B

Alcohol has a strong link with sport, with manufacturers and purveyors of alcoholic beverages being sponsors of many sporting teams or events, and the cultural rituals around competition being enmeshed with the consumption of alcohol. Most sports dietitians, physicians and other health professionals working with athletes find it difficult to educate athletes about alcohol due to the attitudes around drinking and the lack of objective, sports-related information. This session will bring 10 experts together to provide the missing evidence around 10 key issues on this theme.

ChairLouise M. Burke, FACSM
– The 1982 ACSM position stand on alcohol use in sport focused on the effects of alcohol intake before/during exercise? Why would this be a problem and what is the effect on different types of exercise?
Ben Desbrow
– Given that most of the alcohol consumed in sport is probably consumed after sport, what effect does a big night or a hangover have on performance the next day? Louise M. Burke, FACSM
– What does heavy alcohol intake after exercise do to rehydration and refuelling goals? Ronald Maughan, FACSM
– What does heavy alcohol intake after exercise do to protein synthesis and adaptation goals?  Stuart M. Phillips, FACSM