(SFC) Another five and a half years. That is how long the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has extended its Partnership Agreement with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Thus, taking them beyond the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The ACSM is one of the leading organizations in exercise sciences and sports medicine. These two organizations have been working together since 2006.
“I am delighted that we have been able to extend this partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine through to beyond the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games,” stated IPC’s Medical and Scientific Director, Peter Van de Vliet.
He went on to add, “Over the last eight years we have enjoyed a fruitful partnership and I am confident in the coming years, this will continue as we identify how we can both work together to advance in such areas as medical, sports science and anti-doping.”
In addition, a number of collaborative areas have been identified under the new agreement terms. These areas include, the improvement of the dissemination of knowledge in safety, research, health, and performance of athletes who have impairments. This agreement also identifies areas of common interest, which will benefit both organizations.
ACSM Vice President and IPC Sports Science Committee member, Walt Thompson commented, “Working together in great synergy, IPC and ACSM will help to drive the research agenda toward answering critical Paralympic Movement questions ranging from medicine to biochemistry and all points in between. This is truly an historic alliance between two global and highly influential organizations.”
Jim Whitehead, the Chief Executive Officer of ACSM spoke, “Ensuring the health and safety of athletes, including those with impairments, is a major priority for the American College of Sports Medicine.”
He concluded, “This partnership allows us to complement IPC’s already strong leadership by providing our scientific and clinical expertise in the areas of sports medicine and exercise science. We are looking forward to continuing to work with the IPC in addressing critical issues in medicine and science, anti-doping, classification, and more. Working together, we’ll push knowledge, understanding, and innovation to new and important levels.”
The ACSM will also deliver a symposium, under the terms of the agreement, at October’s VISTA conference, which will be held in Girona, Spain. The theme is “Securing the future for young para-athletes.”
**MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog: http://www.thepenshockeyshow.com.
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