J. Larry Durstine, PhD, FACSM, is director of clinical exercise programs and a professor in the department of exercise science at the University of South Carolina. Since 1976 he has been involved in research focusing on the evaluation of exercise testing and training programs in both healthy people and those with chronic diseases and disabilities. Durstine has written more than 30 scientific publications regarding the impact of regular exercise on blood cholesterol. He also has written extensively on the subject of exercise testing and prescription and has served as editor for several American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) books. Additionally, he is a fellow of the ACSM and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Durstine was elected president of the ACSM for the 2005-06 term.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is more than the world's leader in the scientific and medical aspects of sports and exercise; it is an association of people and professions exploring the use of medicine and exercise to make life healthier for all people.
Since 1954, ACSM has been committed to the promotion of physical activity and the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sport-related injuries. With more than 20,000 international, national, and regional chapter members in 80 countries, ACSM is internationally known as the leading source of state-of-the-art research and information on sports medicine and exercise science. Through ACSM, health and fitness professionals representing a variety of disciplines work to improve the quality of life for people around the world through health and fitness research, education, and advocacy.
A large part of ACSM's mission is devoted to public awareness and education about the positive aspects of physical activity for people of all ages from all walks of life. ACSM's physicians, researchers, and educators have created tools for the public, ranging in scope from starting an exercise program to avoiding or treating sport injuries.
ACSM's National Center is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, widely recognized as the amateur sports capitol of the nation. To learn more about ACSM, visit www.acsm.org.