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Local Resident Receives National Sports Medicine Honor Award


Last updated 6/4/2014 at 1:15pm

Transylvania County resident James S. "Jim" Skinner, Ph.D. recently received the 2014 American College of Sports Medicine Honor Award. The award was presented in Orlando, Fla. May 30 at the 61st Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Skinner is an internationally recognized and respected expert in the area of exercise physiology and the importance of physical activity to human health and wellness.

Skinner has an extensive career spanning half a century. The award acknowledges his experience and contributions in the three broad disciplines of the ACSM: education, science and medicine.

His nomination states, "the ACSM Honor Award is designed to recognize an individual who has made sustained and significant contributions to exercise science over the span of a distinguished career. There are few individuals more worthy for this recognition than Jim Skinner."

Skinner received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois. He went on to receive a master's degree and then a Ph.D. in physical education and exercise physiology.

During his career, Skinner held professional and academic appointments at the U.S. Public Health Service, Pennsylvania State University, University of Freiburg, University of Montreal, University of Western Ontario, Arizona State University and Indiana University. He is currently a professor emeritus in the Department of Kinesiology of Indiana University.

William Dexter (left) presents the sports medicine honor award to James Skinner. (Courtesy photo)

The award cites Skinner's major contributions in the area of exercise physiology. His focus has been on defining the role of exercise in health promotion and disease prevention. The nomination also notes that Skinner has been "a natural leader and touchstone as ACSM increased its international presence and outreach during the last 25 years."

Skinner lived and worked in both Canada and Germany and has traveled extensively to lecture in the area of sports medicine. He has lectured in 60 countries in English, French, German and Spanish.

His academic contributions include 290 articles published in a wide range of journals, six books and 19 DVDs. He is acknowledged as one of the principal investigators of the HERITAGE Family Study linking genetics, exercise training and health.

William Dexter, ACSM president, presented the award to Skinner. Among the 6,600 people who attended the meeting were Skinner's wife Linni, his daughter Andrea with her husband and two grandchildren (Rachel and Ben) from Toronto and Linni's son Alex and his wife from Columbus, Ohio.


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