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ACSM Signs Partnership Extension with Sanford Health, NYSHSI

ACSM has announced its continued partnership with Sanford Health to continue building upon achievements of the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute (NYSHSI). An ACSM affiliate, NYSHSI encourages early introduction of diverse functional movements and activities that are healthy and fun. This approach serves as a catalyst for developing a critical foundation, capacity and enthusiasm for sustainable physical activity through childhood, adolescence and beyond.

NYSHSI urges all youth sports stakeholders to provide a positive and healthy environment for kids to enjoy sports. This includes having fun, learning sports skills and the rules of the game, and developing as capable and confident young athletes at any level. Residual effects include helping youth become healthy, fit, good citizens of the game and community, and performing well in all domains of life.

A number of resources are provided by NYSHSI that can be instrumental in helping communities and families make youth sports participation a sustainable and effective solution to encouraging lifelong physical activity, fitness and health:
  • YouTube Video ChannelParents, coaches, athletes and other youth sports stakeholders can access short video clips providing insight into youth sports issues
  • NYSHSI Healthy Youth Sports appOur FREE interactive mobile app available on iTunes/App Store and Google Play
  • NYSHSI Educational HandoutsAvailable from our resource section on
  • NYSHSI Youth Sports Parent PledgeSchool and community youth sports programs can encourage supportive parent behavior and child interaction by urging each parent to review and sign the parent pledge with their child
  • NYSHSI Seal of Best PracticesCommunity youth sports programs can show their commitment to safe and healthy youth athlete participation and development, and receive a Best Practices Partner certificate by agreeing to fulfill three essential elements
As NYSHSI continues to grow, so does the partnership with Sanford Health and the Sanford Sports Science Institute (SSSI) as they continue their complementary work to improve sports safety. A search is currently being conducted for a new executive director to oversee both NYSHSI and SSSI. ACSM extends its thanks to Michael Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM, who served as the institute’s executive director for many years and will continue in an interim role until a successor is named. More information about the position can be found below.

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