The American College of Sports Medicine has more than 50,000 members and certified professionals from 90 countries around the globe. Representing 70 occupations within the sports medicine field, ACSM is the only organization that offers a 360-degree view of the profession.
From academicians to students and from personal trainers to physicians, our association of sports medicine, exercise science, and health and fitness professionals is dedicated to helping people worldwide live longer, healthier lives.
Darla O’Brien has earned five ACSM credentials:
The ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist® is a fitness professional with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in exercise science qualified to pursue a career in university, corporate, commercial, hospital, and community settings. Beyond training, ACSM EP-Cs not only conduct complete physical assessments – they also interpret the results in order to prescribe appropriate, personalized exercise programs.
The ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist credential is the gold standard for practicing Fitness Professionals.
The ACSM Group Exercise Instructor® is a fitness professional who teaches, leads, and motivates individuals through intentionally-designed exercise classes. ACSM GEIs are high-achievers inside and outside the group studio – not only do they excel at planning effective, exercise science-based group sessions for different fitness levels, they also possess a wealth of motivational and leadership techniques that help their classes achieve fitness goals.
ACSM Group Exercise Instructors provide safe instruction across many class types and equipment sets, from aerobics, to bicycles and beyond. Because of their excellent communication skills, ACSM GEIs work in gyms and health clubs, as well as community, university, and corporate facilities – whether there’s headset and a stereo system or just an open gym.
An ACSM Certified Personal Trainer®is a fitness professional who develops and implements personalized exercise programs for individuals across a diverse set of health and fitness backgrounds, from professional athletes to individuals only recently cleared to exercise.
Becoming an ACSM CPT means that the credential holder has the practical and scientific knowledge to work in a variety of facilities, including health clubs, gyms, university, corporate, and community or public fitness centers, and positions ranging from freelance to full-time and beyond.
An ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer® is a fitness professional who uses a well-rounded understanding of cancer to develop exercise programs for specifically suited for survivors. ACSM/ACS CETs empower cancer survivors to display their significant inner strength by improving their own physical fitness.
Beyond assessing and creating individual exercise programs unique to each individual, ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainers have working knowledge around cancer-related topics from surgeries to side effects, from diagnoses to survivor stages – specialized knowledge that allows them to better create the ideal fitness experience no matter what a client has been through. ACSM/ACS CETs truly uphold the gold standard by working to adapt fitness best practices that equip cancer survivors to attain a quality of life that may have seemed out of reach.
The ACSM Exercise is Medicine® credential is held by certified or degreed exercise professionals who work closely with the health care community to promote collaboration between health care providers and exercise professionals. The outcome of this partnership is a closer relationship with clients who need fitness programming in order to change behaviors and reach stronger health outcomes.
The ACSM EIM credential holders have the skills and knowledge necessary to safely and effectively develop, implement and lead exercise programs – and,they know how to navigate the health care system in order to create and cultivate patient relationships. The Level 2 credential is focused on patients who have already been cleared for exercise.
Darla O’Brien holds a Level 2 Accreditation.