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President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) is a committee of up to 25 volunteer citizens appointed by the President to serve in an advisory capacity through the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Through its programs and partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors, PCFSN acts as a catalyst to promote healthy lifestyles through fitness, sports and nutrition programs and initiatives that educate, empower and engage Americans of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Review Date: August 11, 2011

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Academy for Sports Dentistry

The Academy was founded in 1983 as a forum for dentists, physicians, trainers, coaches, dental technicians, and educators interested in exchanging ideas related to Sports Dentistry and the dental needs of athletes at risk to sports injuries. Activities include the collection and dissemination of information of dental athletic injuries and the encouragement of research on the prevention of dental injuries to athletes.

Review Date: February 05, 2009

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American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was founded to maximize the quality of life while minimizing the incidence, severity and prevalence of physical impairments and disabilities. The AAPM&R also promotes societal health and enhances the understanding of the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. AAPM&R is the national medical specialty society of more than 6,500 physiatrists - physicians specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Review Date: August 27, 2008

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American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine

The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine serves to advance the understanding, prevention and management of lower extremity sports and fitness injuries. AAPSM believes that providing such knowledge to the profession and the public will optimize enjoyment and safe participation in sports and fitness activities. AAPSM accomplishes this mission through professional education, scientific research, public awareness and membership support. Today, the AAPSM has over 700 members and is the second largest affiliate of the American Podiatric Medical Association (previously known as APA or American Podiatry Association).

Review Date: June 14, 2011

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American College of Sports Medicine

ACSM’s Mission Statement: The American College of Sports Medicine promotes and integrates scientific research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life. ASCM is dedicated to generating and disseminating knowledge concerning the motivation, responses, adaptations, and health aspects of persons engaged in sport and exercise. ACSM sponsors an annual meeting, a team physician's conference, a variety of workshops and lecture tours; provides continuing medical education; certifies program directors, exercise specialists, exercise test technologists, health/fitness directors, instructors, and aerobic exercise leaders. The ASCM also sponsors a new investigator award, a visiting scholar award, honor awards, and citations. The ASCM has 12 regional chapters.

Review Date: June 16, 2011

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American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) provides a scientific outlet for presentation and publication of new ideas; an opportunity for physician to meet and exchange ideas regarding research, clinical problems, proposals for future progress in sports medicine and a high level publication controlled by the Society. AOSSM members are physicians and allied health professionals who demonstrate scientific leadership, involvement and dedication in the daily practice of sports medicine.

Review Date: December 06, 2011

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American Running Association

The American Running Association (ARA), in conjunction with its sister organization, the American Medical Athletic Association, provides information for runners and supports educational campaigns to decrease the incidence of childhood obesity and educate the public on safe training and competition. ARA provides its members with a bi-monthly e-newsletter, weekly sports medicine newsletter, access to over 1,000 online fitness-related articles, personalized advice from sports medicine professionals, and more. Its motivational campaign, "National Run A Mile Days," is celebrated each May.

Review Date: July 28, 2009

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National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research

The National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research collects and analyzes data on severe high school and college sports injuries--those resulting in death or permanent severe functional disability. The Center prepares annual reports in three areas: football fatalities; permanent paralyzing injuries from football; and catastrophic injuries in all other sports. The purpose of the research and analysis is to recommend rule changes, safer coaching techniques, and improved equipment.

Review Date: November 21, 2008

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National Collegiate Athletic Association

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), founded in 1906, serves as the national association for collegiate athletics. As a voluntary association of more than 900 institutions, the NCAA administers college athletics programs and rules on issues pertaining to the administration of intercollegiate athletics. Services include sponsorship of athletic championships, scholarships for college athletes to pursue graduate studies, approval and publication of rules for collegiate sports, research on sports-related problems and issues, compilation of sports statistics, promotion of sports events, and group insurance programs. The NCAA is also involved in sports medicine and safety activities. NCAA publications include position statements on such issues as sports safety and sports medicine, as well as rules of play and sports statistics.

Review Date: January 16, 2009

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National Strength and Conditioning Association

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit educational association founded in 1978. Drawing upon its vast network of members, the NSCA develops and presents the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention, and research findings. Central to its mission, the NSCA provides a bridge between the scientist in the laboratory and the practitioner in the field. By working to find practical applications for new research findings in the strength and conditioning field, the association fosters the development of strength training and conditioning as a discipline and as a profession.

Review Date: January 20, 2012

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