This list is intended for certification candidates beginning certification preparatory courses on or after May 1, 2015.

This list is to serve as a guide for candidates pursuing ACBSP™ certification and educational institutions hosting preparatory courses for the CCSP® or DACBSP® examinations.  The candidates are also responsible for their respective Certification Candidate’s Handbook, which is found on the website.

*The DACBSP’s certification candidate is also responsible for the CCSP® certification reading list; therefore, readings marked (C) are for both the CCSP® and the DACBSP® candidates.

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(C) = CCSP® and DACBSP®

ACBSP™ Position Statements

Other Position Statements


  • (C) American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers:  ISBN-10: 1616690399; ISBN-13: 978-1616690397; OR American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Provider
  • (C) Athletic Taping and Bracing 2nd ED, David Perrin; Human Kinetics 2005; ISBN-10: 0736048111;  ISBN-13: 978-0736048118; (3rd edition PDF download on YouTube; (2012) ISBN-13: 978-1450413527 and ISBN-10: 1450413528
  • (C) Brady Pre-Hospital Emergency Care, Mistovich and Karren, 10th ED, 2013 Pearson, Prentice Hall; ISBN-10: 0133369137; ISBN-13: 978-0133369137
  • (C) Clinical Imaging: With Skeletal, Chest, & Abdominal Patten Differentials, 3rd ED, Dennis Marchiori; ISBN-13: 9780323084956; ISBN-10: 0323084958
  • (C) Clinical Sports Medicine 5th Edition Brukner & Khan's; ISBN-13: 978-1743761380; ISBN-10: 1743761384
  • (C) Conservative Management of Sports Injuries; Hyde and Gengenbach, 2nd ED 2007; Jones and Bartlett; ISBN-13: 978-0763732523; ISBN-10: 0763732524
  • (C) Essentials of Skeletal Radiology, Vol I and Vol II, 3e, Yochum 2005; ISBN-13: 978-0781739467; ISBN-10: 0781739462
  • (C) Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, 3rd ED; Baechle and Earle; by National Strength and Conditioning Association; ISBN-13: 987-0736058032; ISBN-10: 0736058036
  • (C) Functional Soft Tissue Examination and Treatment by Manual Methods, Warren Hammer 3rd ED 2007; Jones and Bartlett; ISBN-13; 978-0763752873; ISBN-10: 0763752878
  • (C)Orthopedic Physical Examination Tests: An Evidence Based Approach 2nd ED; Cook and Hegedus; ISBN-13: 978-0132544788; ISBN-10: 0132544784
  • (C) PPE - Preparticipation Physical Evaluation, 4th ED; ISBN-13: 9871581103762

American College of Sports Medicine Position Statements and Team Physician Consensus Statements

ACBSP recognizes the Position Statements and Team Physician Statements of the American College of Sports Medicine that are listed below. They can be found by clicking here.


  • (C) ACSM Position Stand: Weight Loss in Wrestlers
  • (C) Exercise and Fluid Replacement
  • (C) Exertional Heat Illness during Training and Competition
  • (C) Female Athlete Issues for the Team Physician: A Consensus Statement
  • (C) Joint Position Statement: Automated External Defibrillators in Health/Fitness Facilities
  • (C) Nutrition and Athletic Performance
  • (C) Prevention of Cold Injuries during Exercise
  • (C) Selected Issues for Nutrition and the Athlete: A Team Physician Consensus Statement
  • (C) Selected Issues in Injury and Illness Prevention and the Team Physician: A Consensus Statement
  • (C) Team Physician Consensus Statement: 2013 Update
  • (C) The Team Physician and Conditioning of Athletes for Sports: A Consensus Statement
  • (C) The Team Physician and the Return-to-Play Decision: A Consensus Statement – 2012 Update
  • (C) The IOC Consensus Statement on Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) 2018 Update - British Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol. 52 Issue 11 (BZ 194701504)


DACBSP® (responsible for ALL in CCSP reading list)

  • (D) Exercise and Acute Cardiovascular Events: Placing the Risks into Perspective
  • (D) Exercise and Hypertension
  • (D) Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults
  • (D) Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes: American College of Sports Medicine and the American Diabetes
  • (D) Mass Participation Event Management for the Team Physician: A Consensus Statement
  • (D) Psychological Issues Related to Injury in Athletes and the Team Physician: A Consensus Statement
  • (D) Quantity and Quality of Exercise for Developing and Maintaining Cardiorespiratory, Musculoskeletal, and Neuromotor Fitness in Apparently Healthy Adults: Guidance for Prescribing
  • (D) Selected Issues for the Adolescent Athlete and the Team Physician: A Consensus Statement
  • (D) Selected Issues for the Master Athlete and the Team Physician: A Consensus Statement

DACBSP® Text Books

  • ACSM Sports Medicine: A Comprehensive Review; 2012 ISBN-13; 978-1451104257; ISBN-10; 1451104251
  • Evidence Based Sports Medicine 2nd Ed; 2007 ISBN-13: 978-1405132985; ISBN-10; 1405132981
  • Orthopedic Manual Therapy 2nd Ed 2011 Cook, ISBN-13: 978-0138021733; ISBN-10: 0138021732
  • Physical Agents in Rehabilitation 3rd Ed, Michelle H. Cameron, Saunders / Elsevier 2009; ISBN-13: 978-1416032571; ISBN-10: 1416032571; ISBN-10: 1416032576
  • Sports Injury: Prevention and Rehabilitation, Shamus and Shamus, 2001 McGraw-Hill; ISBN-13: 978-0071354752; ISBN-10: 0071354751
  • Sport Notes, Field and Clinical Examination Guide by Dawn Gulick 2008; ISBN-13: 978-0803618756; ISBN-10: 0803618751
  • Chiropractic Technique: Principles and Procedures, Bergman and Peterson, 2011 Mosby Inc.; ISBN-13: 978-0323049696; ISBN-10: 0323049699
  • Principles and Practices of Chiropractic, Scott Haldeman 2005 McGraw-Hill; ISBN-13: 978-0071375344; ISBN-10: 071375341

Additional DACBSP® Journal Articles

Articles marked with an asterisk (*) do not have open access.
·       AMSSM Concussion Position Statement
·       FAI in Athletes Current Sports Medicine Reports 2013*
·       NATA Position Statement Prehospital Care of the Spine-Injured Athlete
·       Physical Activity with Scoliosis
·       Return to Play after Cervical Spine Injury*
·       Review of FAI in Athletes*
·       The Mechanisms of Manual Therapy...
·       NATA Position Statement: Prevention of Pediatric Overuse Injuries
·       Transparency of research methods: proud to be a Naked Emperor
·       Questioning the importance of authorship
·       Evidence-based practice in 5 simple steps
·       How to write a case report for publication