The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) have announced a partnership that will make ACSM certification programs more accessible to NIRSA members.

NIRSA and ACSM will work together to provide continuing education programs, health and fitness certifications, and professional development to NIRSA members. As a result, key leaders in collegiate recreation and fitness programs will have access to quality National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA)-accredited health and fitness certifications.

"We're very excited to have a partnership with NIRSA, who leads the industry in collegiate recreation," said Dino Costanzo, M.A., Chair of ACSM's certification committee. "ACSM has been offering health and fitness certifications for more than 30 years, and this partnership will allow key practitioners in a collegiate setting more accessibility to ACSM's quality certifications and programs."

The NIRSA partnership further's ACSM's goal of bridging the gap between science and practice, specifically in the area of college recreation.

"NIRSA is proud to be aligned with such a credible certification agency," said Kent J. Blumenthal, executive director of NIRSA. "We're a strong proponent of professional development, and are happy to be able to offer our members additional benefits through ACSM."

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 20,000 International, National and Regional members are dedicated to promoting and integrating scientific research, education and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health and quality of life.

Through ACSM, health and fitness professionals representing a wide variety of disciplines work to improve the quality of life for people around the world through research, education and advocacy. Since 1975, ACSM has certified more than 25,000 Certified Personal TrainersSM, Certified Health/Fitness Instructors®, Certified Exercise Specialists® and Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologists®.

The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) is the leading resource for professional and student development, education, and research in collegiate recreational sports.

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