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Many professional organizations release research-based stands and consensus statements that include evidence-based recommendations for the profession. The following is a current list of examples from two professional organizations. Full text of these position stands, position statements, and consensus statements can be found on each organization's website.

Some professional organizations, such as the National Athletic Trainers' Association, are now providing a category of evidence, based on the strength of recommendation taxonomy (SORT), for each recommendation contained within the statements.


Quantity and Quality of Exercise for Developing and Maintaining Cardiorespiratory, Musculoskeletal, and Neuromotor Fitness in Apparently Healthy Adults: Guidance for Prescribing Exercise (July 2011)

Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes: American College of Sports Medicine and the American Diabetes Association: Joint Position Statement (December 2010)

Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults (July 2009) Nutrition and Athletic Performance (March 2009)

Progression Models in Resistance Training for Healthy Adults (March 2009)

Appropriate Physical Activity Intervention Strategies for Weight Loss and Prevention of Weight Regain for Adults (February 2009)

The Female Athlete Triad (October 2007) Exercise and Acute Cardiovascular Events: Placing the Risks Into Perspective (May 2007)

Exertional Heat Illness During Training and Competition (March 2007)

Exercise and Fluid Replacement (February 2007)

Prevention of Cold Injuries During Exercise (November 2006)

Physical Activity and Bone Health (November 2004)

Exercise and Hypertension (March 2004)

Joint Position Statement: Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in Health/Fitness Facilities (March 2002)

American Heart Association (AHA)/American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Joint Position Statement: Recommendations for Cardiovascular Screening, Staffing, and Emergency Policies at Health/Fitness Facilities (June 1998)

Weight Loss in Wrestlers (October 1996)

The Use of Blood Doping as an Ergogenic Aid (October 1996)

Exercise for Patients With Coronary Artery Disease (March 1994)

The Use of Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids in Sports (October 1987)


Management of Sport Concussion (March 2014)

Preparticipation Physical Examinations and Disqualifying Conditions (February 2014)

Conservative Management and Prevention of Ankle Sprains in Athletes (August 2013)

Lightning Safety for Athletics and Recreation (March 2013)

Evaluation of Dietary Supplements for Performance Nutrition (February 2013)

Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids (September 2012)

National Athletic Trainers' Association Position Statement: Preventing Sudden Death in Sports (February 2012)

National Athletic Trainers' Association Position Statement: Safe Weight Loss and Maintenance Practices in Sport and Exercise (June 2011)

Pediatric Overuse Injuries (April 2011)


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