David Fukuda, professor and Division of Kinesiology chair, has been awarded Fellow status by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He accepted the honor at the ACSM 2023 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, in June.
The American College of Sports Medicine Fellowship is an elite status for those who have demonstrated a high standard of professional development, made significant contributions to their discipline and the ACSM, and are committed to the goals and long-term activities of the college. Fukuda was selected for the honor based on his outstanding service to ACSM and his distinguished professional achievements in the field of exercise science and sports medicine.
Fukuda has dedicated his career to further expanding the field of exercise science and sports medicine through community and research. In 2021, Fukuda served as the inaugural UCF supervisor/advisor representative for Exercise is Medicine On Campus, a program committed to creating a culture of wellness on college campuses by promoting physical activity and integrating it into campus culture and health services. He also serves as a co-director of the Physiology of Work and Exercise Response (POWER) Lab, which examines the physiological response to exercise modalities and nutritional interventions.
He is a certified exercise physiologist (ACSM-EP) and certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). Throughout his career, Fukuda has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and has served as committee chair for multiple doctoral dissertation and masters’ thesis committees – helping to further the field of kinesiology for the next generation of scholars and practitioners.
The ACSM Fellowship acknowledges acclaimed professionals and their accomplishments in research and/or service in the field of sports medicine and exercise science and recognizes those who’ve provided outstanding service to the membership organization. The Fellowship also encourages those recognized to continue their service in a leadership capacity.
Fukuda was also awarded Fellow status by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 2021, and last year, he won Educator of the Year from the NSCA, which recognizes educators who have made noteworthy contributions to education and clinical application of strength training and condition.