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.

Icon Legend

(C) = CCSP® and DACBSP®

ACBSP™ Position Statements

Other Position Statements


  • (C) American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine. PPE - preparticipation physical evaluation. 4th ed. American Academy of Pediatrics; 2010. ISBN-10: 158110376X; ISBN-13: 9781581103762
  • (C) Baechle Thomas R., Earle Roger W. Essentials of strength training and conditioning. 3rd ed. Human Kinetics; 2008. ISBN-10: 0736058036; ISBN-13: 9780736058032
  • (C) Brukner Peter, Khan Karim. Brukner & Khans clinical sports medicine. 5th ed. McGraw-Hill Education (Australia); 2016. ISBN-10: 1743761384; ISBN-13: 9781743761380
  • (C) Cook Chad E., Hegedus Eric J. Orthopedic physical examination tests: an evidence-based approach. 2nd ed. Pearson; 2012. ISBN-10: 0132544784; ISBN-13: 9780132544788
  • (C) Hammer Warren. Functional Soft Tissue Examination and Treatment by Manual Methods. 3rd ed. Jones & Bartlett Pub; 2007. ISBN-10: 0763752878; ISBN-13: 9780763752873
  • (C) Hazinski Mary Fran. BLS for healthcare providers student manual. American Heart Association; 2011. ISBN – 13:9781584804949
    OR American Red Cross CPR/AED for professional rescuers and health care providers handbook. 4th Yardley, PA: StayWell; 2011. ISBN - 9781584804949
  • (C) Hyde Thomas E., Gengenbach Marianne S. Conservative management of sports injuries. 2nd ed. Jones and Bartlett; 2007. ISBN-10:0763732524; ISBN-13: 9780763732523
  • (C) Marchiori Dennis M. Clinical imaging: with skeletal, chest, and abdomen pattern differentials. 3rd ed. Elsevier/Mosby; 2013. ISBN-10: 0323084958; ISBN-13: 9780323084956
  • (C) Mistovich Joseph J., Karren Keith J., Hafen Brent. Prehospital emergency care. 11th ed. Pearson; 2013. ISBN-10: 0134704452; ISBN-13: 9780134704456
  • (C) Perrin David H. Athletic taping and bracing. 2nd ed. Human Kinetics; 2005. ISBN-10: 0736048111; ISBN-13: 9780736048118
  • (C) Yochum Terry R., Rowe Lindsay J. Yochum and Rowe's essentials of skeletal radiology. vol. 1 & 2. 3rd ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2005. ISBN-10: 0781739462; ISBN-13: 9780781739467

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.



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

  • Bergmann Thomas F., Peterson David H. Chiropractic technique: principles and procedures. Elsevier/Mosby; 2011.
    ISBN-10: 0323049699; ISBN-13: 9780323049696
  • Cameron Michelle H. Physical agents in rehabilitation: from research to practice. 3rd ed. Saunders/Elsevier; 2008.
    ISBN-10: 1416032576; ISBN-13: 9781416032571
  • Cook Chad. Orthopedic manual therapy. 2nd ed. Prentice Hall; 2011.
    ISBN-10: 0138021732; ISBN-13: 9780138021733
  • Gulick Dawn. Sport notes: field & clinical examination guide. F.A. Davis Co.; 2008.
    ISBN-10: 0803618751; ISBN-13: 9780803618756
  • Haldeman Scott. Principles and practice of chiropractic. McGraw-Hill, Medical Pub. Division; 2005.
    ISBN-10: 0071375341; ISBN-13: 9780071375344
  • MacAuley Domhnall, Best Thomas M. Evidence-based sports medicine. 2nd ed. BMJ Books; 2007.
    ISBN-10: 1405132981; ISBN-13: 9781405132985
  • O’Connor Francis G., Casa Douglas J. ACSMs sports medicine: a comprehensive review. Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2013.
    ISBN-10: 1451104251; ISBN-13: 9781451104257
  • Shamus Eric, Shamus Jennifer. Sports injury: prevention & rehabilitation. Mc Graw-Hill Medical Pub. Div.; 2001.
    IBSN-10: 0071354751; IBSN-13: 9780071354752

Additional DACBSP® Journal Articles