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Thompson receives two major honors

Posted On April 23, 2014
Categories College News

College of Education & Human Development Associate Dean Walt Thompson has been elected vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world.

Thompson, who is also a tenured Regents’ Professor of Kinesiology and Health and executive director of the College of Education & Human Development’s After-School All-Stars Atlanta program, was also named to the Hall of Fame for The Ohio State University’s College of Education & Human Development and Human Ecology, where he earned his doctorate in exercise physiology in 1983.

Thompson has previously served as chairman of the Chairman of the ACSM Committee on Certification and Education and currently serves as the chairman emeritus of the ACSM International Relations Committee and chairman of the ACSM Publications Committee. He’s also chairman of the ACSM American Fitness Index, which analyzes data and publishes annual reports related to cities’ healthy lifestyles and physical activity.

He has published more than 100 research-based articles, authored or edited 13 books and has received over $20 million in funding for various initiatives. Thompson’s research currently focuses on wellness coaching as a primary mechanism for behavior change and the integration of sport and physical activity for people with disabilities.

The American College of Sports Medicine seeks to “advance and integrate scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine,” according to its website. For more information about the American College of Sports Medicine, visit www.acsm.org.

For more information about Thompson’s work, visit http://education.gsu.edu/profile/walter-r-thompson.