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Journal Articles

The 33 articles authored (or co-authored) by Dr. Eickhoff-Shemek that were published in ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal between 1997 and 2017 can be reviewed (full text) for "free" here: 

ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal Articles -- Dr. JES lead or co-author


Dr. Eickhoff-Shemek has published 85 articles in 20 different journals. The following are those published in the last 15 years:


Eickhoff-Shemek, J.M. & Craig, A.C. (2017). Putting the new ACSM’s pre-activity health screening guidelines into practice. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 21(3), 11-21.


Kruskall, L., Manore, M. Eickhoff-Shemek, J. & Ehrman, J. (2017). Drawing the line: Understanding the scope of practice among dietitians and exercise professionals. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 21(1), 23-32.


Best, S., Aguilar, D., Beaugrand, S. & Eickhoff-Shemek, J. (2016). Licensure for personal fitness trainers and group exercise leaders: Opinions of exercise science graduate students. The Exercise, Sports and Sports Medicine Standards & Malpractice Reporter, 5(6), 82-84.


Sekendiz, B., Gray, S.E., Norton, K., Keyzer, P., Dietrich J., Eickhoff-Shemek, J.M., & Finch, C.F. (2016). Safety alert for treadmills in health & fitness facilities in Australia: Results from a pilot study of an observation audit tool. Journal of Fitness Research, 5(1), 24-28.


Craig, A. & Eickhoff-Shemek, J. (2015). Adherence to ACSM’s pre-activity screening procedures in fitness facilities: A national investigation. Journal of Physical Education and Sports Management, 2(2), 120-137.


Eickhoff-Shemek. J. (2015). Legal liability and risk management for the fitness professional. American Fitness, 33(1), 20-28. (Invited).


Eickhoff-Shemek, J. (2014). Emerging fitness trends: Are they increasing risks for injuries and litigation? Sports Litigation Alert, 11(1), 22-25. (Invited).


Seidler, T., Fried, G., Young, S., Keiper, M. & Eickhoff-Shemek, J. (2014).  A muddied industry: Essential risk management strategies for mud runs participants, race organizers, and sponsors (Part II). ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 18(5), 42-45 (Invited).


Eickhoff-Shemek, J. & Keiper, M. (2014). High-intensity exercise and the legal liability risks. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 18(5), 30-37.


Young, S., Keiper, M, Fried, G., Seidler, T. & Eickhoff-Shemek, J. (2014).  A muddied industry: Growth, injuries & legal issues associated with mud runs (Part I). ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 18(3), 31-34 (Invited).


Eickhoff-Shemek, J. (2013). Minimizing legal liability for exercise professionals: Strategies that work! ACSM’s Certified News, 23(4), 6-7, 14. (Invited).


Eickhoff-Shemek, J. (2013). Potential issues with the job task analysis. The Exercise, Sports and Sports Medicine Standards & Malpractice Reporter, 2(4), 54-56. (Invited).


Eickhoff-Shemek, J. & Herbert, D. (2012). Preparing exercise science professors to teach a legal issues/risk management course: Outcomes of a successful online faculty training program. The Exercise, Sports and Sports Medicine Standards & Malpractice Reporter, 1(5), 68-72.


Eickhoff-Shemek, J. (2011). 10 years as legal columnist: A review and personal perspective. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 15(1), 33-37.


Eickhoff-Shemek, J. (2010). An analysis of 8 negligence lawsuits against personal fitness trainers: 3 major liability exposures revealed. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 14(5), 34-37.


Herbert, D. & Eickhoff-Shemek, J. (2010). New standards statements: Legal considerations for the fitness industry. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 14(3), 31-33.


Springer, J.B. & Eickhoff-Shemek, J. (2010). Poor adherence to preparticipation health screening procedures revealed and rationale for poor adherence investigated in new study. The Exercise Standards and Malpractice Reporter, 24(1), 13-14.


Eickhoff-Shemek, J. (2010). Treadmill injuries: An analysis of case law. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 14(1), 39-41.


NSCA Professional Standards & Guidelines Task Force. * National Strength and Conditioning Association: Strength and Conditioning Professional Standards and Guidelines. (2009). National Strength and Conditioning Journal, 31(5), 14-38. (* Triplett, N.T., Williams, C., McHenry, P., Doscher, M., Plisk, S., Brass, M., Eickhoff-Shemek, J., Epley, B., Herbert, D., Owens, J, Pearson, D., & Wathen, D.).


Eickhoff-Shemek, J., Herbert, D. & Connaughton, D. (2009). New textbook promises to be a valuable resource for health/fitness practitioners, students, and academicians. The Exercise Standards and Malpractice Reporter, 23(5), 71-72.


Eickhoff-Shemek, J. & Pronk, N. (2009). Applying the HIPAA nondiscrimination rules into employer-sponsored wellness programs. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 13(5), 35-39.


Springer, J., Eickhoff-Shemek, J & Zuberbuehler, E. (2009). An investigation of pre-activity cardiovascular screening procedures in health/fitness facilities – Part II: Rationale for low adherence with national standards. Preventive Cardiology, 12(4), 176-183


Springer, J., Eickhoff-Shemek, J & Zuberbuehler, E. (2009). An investigation of pre-activity cardiovascular screening procedures in health/fitness facilities – Part I: Is adherence with national standards decreasing? Preventive Cardiology, 12(3), 155-162


Eickhoff-Shemek, J., Herbert, D. & Connaughton, D. (2009). Staff training: A vital component of risk management. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 13(3), 37-39.


Craig, (Brathwaite) A. & Eickhoff-Shemek, J. (2009). Educating and training the personal fitness trainer: A pedagogical approach. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 13(2), 8-15.


Eickhoff-Shemek, J., Herbert, D. & Connaughton, D. (2009). Building a comprehensive risk management plan: Four essential strategic steps. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 13(1), 35-38.


Eickhoff-Shemek, J., Herbert, D. & Connaughton, D. (2008). Introducing the risk management pyramid. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 12(5), 37-39.


Eickhoff-Shemek, J. & Herbert, D. (2008). Is licensure in your future? Issues to consider - Part 3. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 12(3), 36-38.


Eickhoff-Shemek, J. & Herbert, D. (2008). Is licensure in your future? Issues to consider - Part 2. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 12(1), 36-38.