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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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Building Client Connections with Beautiful Questions | Infographic, Video & Blog

Don’t just focus on what you can teach your client. Learning to ask the right questions — even unexpected ones — can help you collaborate on more nuanced and useful answers. ACSM & Wellcoaches have partnered to help you build meaningful connections with your clients.

Exercise as Medicine for People with a Substance Use Disorder | Infographic

This infographic highlights the key action items identified by the authors of "Exercise as Medicine for People with a Substance Use Disorder: An ACSM Call to Action Statement."

Coaching Skills for Deep Empathy | Infographic

This infographic, developed with ACSM partner Wellcoaches, describes the three types of empathy and five ways to incorporate empathy into your work as a fitness professional, health coach, or medical practitioner.

Working Across Generations | Infographic

In a hurried culture that places a high value on youthfulness, outcomes and technology, there are a few key perspectives fitness professionals should have when working with older population clients to honor their time, contributions and needs.

First, You: Self-Care Strategies for Caregivers | Infographic

When you're so focused on providing care for others, you may lose sight of caring for yourself. Practice these self-care strategies for caregivers, developed with partner Wellcoaches.

Universal Response to the Collapsed Athlete | Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Every facility, organization and medical professional needs to have an emergency action plan to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). This protocol for the universal response to the collapsed athlete is explained by Jonathan Drezner, M.D.

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.