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American College of Sports Medicine
Founded in 1954, "the American College of Sports Medicine puts into practice its strategic efforts to advancing the health of all. As the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world, ACSM has more than 20,000 International, National, and Regional Chapter members." See the "Research" category for grant information and the Health and Physical Activity Reference Database. The website also posts conference opportunities.
American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized world-wide. Its 37,000 U.S. and international member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders. Includes Position Statement on the Insanity Defense.
American Psychological Association
"Based in Washington, D.C., the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide." See Division 47, Sport and Exercise Psychology and Division 38, Health Psychology.
American Psychological Association--Division 47, Exercise and Sport Psychology
"Founded in 1986, Division 47 represents the field of exercise and sport psychology; an interdisciplinary specialization that cuts across psychology and the sport sciences." The website features the Division newsletter and a "Resources" category with books, journals, websites, organizations, job and internship postings, and conference information.
Association for Applied Sport Psychology
"Founded in 1986, the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) promotes the ethical practice, science, and advocacy of sport and exercise psychology. AASP is an international, multidisciplinary, professional organization that offers certification to qualified professionals who practice sport, exercise, and health psychology." See the "Resource Center" for the AASP Ethics Code and related newsletter articles, bibliographies, and links to professional resources.
Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (Michigan State University)
The mission of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports is to provide leadership, scholarship and outreach that “transforms” the face of youth sports in ways that maximize the beneficial physical, psychological, and social effects of participation for children and youth while minimizing detrimental effects.
International Society of Sport Psychology
"The International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) is an organization devoted to promoting research, practice, and development in the discipline of sport psychology throughout the world. The ISSP is a multidisciplinary association of scholars whose research interests focus on some aspects of sport psychology."
North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
"The North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity is a multidisciplinary association of scholars from the behavioral sciences and related professions." The "Resource Center" section links to the Human Kinetics journals search page, and other sections provide information on conferences, awards, and grants.
Positive Coaching Alliance
Positive Coaching Alliance is a national non-profit developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience.
Shape America: Society of Health and Physical Educators
SHAPE America is the largest organization of professionals involved in school-based health, physical education and physical activity, who are dedicated to teaching and promoting active, healthy lifestyles.
Women's Sports Foundation
Founded in 1974 by tennis legend, Billie Jean King, the Women's Sports Foundation is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.