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National Strength and Conditioning Association 

  • The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) supports strength and conditioning professionals who are devoted to helping others discover and maximize their abilities. They offer certifications, research journals, career development services, and continuing education opportunities. The NSCA community is composed of researchers, educators, strength coaches, personal trainers, and more.

American Society of Biomechanics

  • The American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) is a predominant professional organization. Members come from "the biological sciences, exercise and sports science, ergonomics and human factors, health sciences, engineering and applied science" (PennState University Libraries, 2020). The ASB offers awards and grants for eligible student researchers.

National Association of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education

  • National Association of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education (NAKHE) is a non-profit which strives to foster leadership in kinesiology administration and policy related to teaching, scholarship and service in higher education. It does this through progressive partnerships, scholarly papers, and projects.

National Athletic Trainers' Association

  • The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is a worldwide professional association of athletic trainers. Students can use this link to access NATA's career center, professional development resources, and events.

American Physical Therapy Association

  • The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) "is a community of more than 100,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy students who are dedicated to pursuing our transformative vision for the physical therapy profession."

American Occupational Therapy Association 

  • "The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) advances occupational therapy practice, education, and research through standard setting and advocacy."

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

  • The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) helps individuals achieve good health. It supports members with a comprehensive and coordinated array of resources and programs, so that practitioners can improve their skills and further the health and well-being of the American public.

American College of Sports Medicine

  • The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is an international association of health and fitness professionals. ACSM provides you with access to publications, online learning courses, discounts, certifications, networking, volunteer opportunities, research opportunities, and career development resources.

American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine

  •  The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is a forum for education and research in the allied health profession of sports medicine. It welcomes health professionals across multiple disciplines, from orthopaedic surgeons to athletic trainers.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Bioengineering Division

  • The Bioengineering Division is focused on the application of mechanical engineering, knowledge, skills and principles from conception to the design, development, analysis and operation of biomechanical systems.

Biomedical Engineering Society

  • The mission of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is to "build and support the biomedical engineering community, locally, nationally and internationally, with activities designed to communicate recent advances, discoveries, and inventions; promote education and professional development."

Orthopaedic Research Society

  • According to the website, the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) exists to accelerate musculoskeletal discovery to improve health, achieving a world without musculoskeletal limitations through research, education, community, & advocacy.

Reference (box edited, but based upon):

Penn State University Libraries. (2020, September 4). Professional Organizations. Retrieved from

European Society of Biomechanics

  • The European Society of Biomechanics is the largest biomechanics society in Europe, with over 1500 members. International members are welcomed.

International Society of Biomechanics in Sports 

  • The International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS) provides a forum for the exchange of ideas for sports biomechanics researchers, coaches and teachers. They host conferences in which the most cutting-edge biomechanical research is presented.

International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering

  • The International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) for the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO), which is uniquely positioned to influence the delivery of health care to the world through Biomedical and Clinical Engineering.

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

  •  IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology is the world's largest international biomedical engineering society. Student members can establish a local club with as little as one member, stay abreast in the latest information through EMBS publications, attend conferences, and submit to student paper competitions.

The International Coach Federation

  • The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the place for all things coaching. Coaching is rapidly growing and evolving. "ICF is bringing it all together, in one place, to better serve the profession and — ultimately — change the world" (ICF).

The International Association For Coaching

  • The International Association of Coaching (IAC) is the "home of coaching masteries." ICF believes that good coaching must be demonstrated by skill rather than by educational background. As such, it emphasizes innovation, creativity, self-direction and leadership as pathways to exceptional coaching.

Reference (box edited, but based upon):

Penn State University Libraries. (2020, September 4). Professional Organizations. Retrieved from