Welcome to NEACSM’s History Webpage. In 2013 NEACSM formed an ad hoc committee to begin gathering materials to help capture the rich history of NEACSM over the past 40 years. In that time we have gathered pictures, MAX! Newsletters, annual reports and many other items along the way to help us tell NEACSM’s history. Additionally we have conducted interviews, both personally and electronically to further capture our history.
This is an ongoing project that has now become a standing committee and one that we foresee continuing for quite a while into the future. If you have any items that you think would be valuable for us, please share them. In the meantime, please enjoy the following materials available to present on this website:
NEACSM’s Origins:By Howard “Skip” Knuttgen: “In the early 1960’s, there weren’t more than a dozen persons in the six New England states involved in research in exercise physiology. For the next few years, the number of such persons grew slowly. In 1965, I (Skip Knuttgen) organized an “Exercise Physiology Group” that consisted of approximately 20 physicians and scientists who were working in New England in the conduct of research in exercise physiology. (It can be noted that “biomechanics” didn’t exist at that time either as an area of research or as a scientific term related to sport and exercise performance!) The physicians and scientists came from Boston University, Harvard University, University of Massachusetts, Springfield College, the U.S. Army Research Institute for Environmental Medicine (Natick, Mass.), and the Pierce Foundation Laboratory (New Haven). We began to meet on one occasion per year with each meeting hosted by one of the locations. The one-day meeting consisted of a full-day scientific program with the presentation of research papers and a social luncheon, usually with a guest speaker. The first meeting was held at Boston University and the guest speaker was Prof. Will Forbes, MD, PhD, then retired but, at one time, the Director of the Harvard Fatigue Laboratory. Eventually, other individuals interested in exercise physiology and sports medicine appeared at Northeastern University, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Connecticut and they were included in the group that continued for another 8 years. When the American College of Sports Medicine decided in 1972 to organize a program of regional chapters, we in New England gave the reply that we already had the equivalent of a regional chapter that was well-organized, energetic, and productive. The meeting of the Exercise Physiology Group in 1973 was hosted at Springfield College and it was decided to obtain the approval of our Group by the ACSM as the regional chapter for the six New England States. This is how the New England Regional Chapter of ACSM came to be.”
According to Carl Christensen: “The one thing I do remember from our exercise sciences interest group was in one of the meetings we were discussing who would be the president etc of the organization (NEACSM) and it was decided that in turn the five members at the table would be the first to serve. I became the last of the five to serve!”