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Active Voice: Foot Striking Strategy and Knee Loading in Runners – What’s the Effect?
Apply Now for Student Research Awards
Policy Corner: Join ACSM Capitol Hill Day March 4-5
Register Now for the 2014 Team Physician Course, Feb. 19-23 in San Diego
Don't Miss Free Online Content and iPad App from Current Sports Medicine Reports
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Active Voice: Foot Striking Strategy and Knee Loading in Runners – What's the Effect?
By Juha-Pekka Kulmala, M.S.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Juha-Pekka Kulmala, M.S., is completing his Ph.D. in biomechanics through the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. After working in footwear research projects at the Department of Biology of physical Activity, University of Jyväskylä, he became interested in lower extremity mechanics with special focus on stress-related injury mechanisms.

The following commentary reflects Mr. Kulmala's views relating to the research article he and his colleagues authored and that appeared in the December 2013 issue of
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise® (MSSE). This study also has received considerable attention in the public media, including a feature story in the New York Times.

Running is a simple exercise form with great cardiovascular health benefits. However, at some point almost every runner faces a harmful side effect -- overuse injuries, which typically result from repeated loading of the musculoskeletal structures.

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Apply Now for Student Research Awards

Please share this information with colleagues and students who may qualify. The deadline to apply for each of the following awards is February 1.

Charles M. Tipton Student Research Awards
Two Charles M. Tipton Student Research Awards will be presented to students with outstanding research projects. The recipients will also enjoy complimentary registration to ACSM's 2014 Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition to be held April 1-4 in Atlanta, Ga.

New Investigator Awards
Two New Investigator Awards recognize new investigators who have begun and are likely to continue making significant scientific contributions to knowledge in basic or clinical exercise science and sports medicine. The recipients will also enjoy complimentary registration to ACSM's 2014 Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition.

Visiting Scholar Award
One Visiting Scholar Award is given to an investigator who seeks further experience as an independent researcher. The award provides financial support for an investigator to visit a clinic or laboratory to learn new and current techniques in exercise science and sports medicine.

For more information about all the awards and grants ACSM offers, please visit http://www.acsm.org/find-continuing-education/awards-grants.

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Policy Corner: Join ACSM Capitol Hill Day March 4-5

Signaling the steady growth of its policy influence, ACSM will hold its second annual Capitol Hill Day on March 4-5. Capitol Hill Day offers ACSM members the opportunity to provide their insights on issues that the Congress is considering. It is vital that ACSM members participate in order to achieve ACSM’s policy goals. ACSM members are invited to participate in the prep session (Tuesday evening, March 4) and visits with Members of Congress and staff (March 5).

While ACSM cannot reimburse expenses, those participating will enjoy the rewards of ensuring that the Congress is adequately educated on our issues to make informed decisions on legislation. Capitol Hill Day also presents the opportunity to interact with elected leaders and staff, as well as the sports celebrities who will be part of the day’s ongoing meetings and demonstrations.

ACSM's 2014 Capitol Hill Day will again be held in partnership with the Sports & Fitness Industry Association’s highly successful annual lobbying event. To sign up for Capitol Hill Day or for more information, contact Monte Ward, ACSM's vice president for government relations, at mward@acsm.org.

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Register Now for the 2014 Team Physician Course, Feb. 19-23 in San Diego

The ACSM Team Physician Course — Part I is the only conference to bring you the full range of athlete care and sports medicine, giving you a conference experience that extends beyond any one specialty. Courses need not be taken in sequential order.

Register today for "Essentials of Sports Medicine: From Sideline to the Clinic," to be held Feb. 19-23 in San Diego, Cal. At this course, you’ll learn how to:
  • Treat illnesses and injuries and offer return-to-play recommendations
  • Identify and properly manage nutritional, psychological and drug problems
  • Assist in developing rehabilitation and training programs
  • Create emergency action plans
  • Plan for disasters at a sporting event
  • Write an effective physical therapy prescription
Who should attend?

Clinicians and other health care professionals interested in learning the basic information needed to provide sideline coverage and evaluation of athletic injuries:
  • physicians
  • physician assistants
  • nurse practitioners
  • athletic trainers
  • physical therapists
Register now to reserve your spot for this exciting conference.

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Don't Miss Free Online Content and iPad App from Current Sports Medicine Reports

Check out the two free featured articles from the January/February 2014 issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports at www.acsm-csmr.org. Also, if you own an iPad®, make sure to download the free app for Current Sports Medicine Reports in the Apple Store, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/current-sports-medicine-reports/id615235657?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2! The January/February issue is now available for download on the app.

The free featured articles for the January/February issue include "Is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy a Real Disease?" and "Consortium for Health and Military Performance and American College of Sports Medicine Summit: Utility of Functional Movement Assessment in Identifying Musculoskeletal Injury Risk." The articles are available free of charge on the journal's website until March 10, so download your copies today.

Current Sports Medicine Reports is the official clinical review journal of ACSM and is written specifically for ACSM physician members to provide a thorough review of the most current sports medicine literature. ACSM physician members receive an online subscription to this journal as a member benefit.

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SPORTS MEDICINE & EXERCISE SCIENCE HEADLINES

Headlines include recent stories in the media on sports medicine and exercise science topics and do not reflect ACSM statements, views or endorsements. Headlines are meant to inform members on what the public is reading and hearing about the field.


Retirement a Good Time to Pump Up Exercise
USA Today
When exercise expert Walt Thompson asks people who are getting ready to retire to think back and tell him the last time they exercised regularly, most say it was when they were in high school or college.

"The typical retiree hasn't had that much experience with regular exercise," he says. They may move into a retirement community and think they can jump right into playing softball or golf or doing other moderately intense physical activities, says Thompson, 58, a regents' professor of kinesiology and health at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

He tells them they can increase their physical activity, no matter how old they are. "I've consulted with 80- and 90-year-olds who started exercising because they wanted to regain some flexibility, endurance or strength. But I always caution folks to go to their doctor first and get a complete physical examination," he says. People need to be evaluated for their risk of heart attack, stroke and orthopedic injuries.

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Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: America's Fittest City Is...
Today Health
Where in America should you go if you want to be "healthy, wealthy and wise"? TODAY's special series looks at top places in the US in each category — and you may be surprised at the winners.

Which city is considered the healthiest, fittest in America? It's not a sunny, bikini-weather spot like Miami Beach or Malibu. It's a city famous for its frequent sub-zero temperatures, where residents need snow coats and ear muffs for months of the year: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minn., according to the American College of Sports Medicine's most recent American Fitness Index.

Minneapolis, St. Paul has more parks per square mile than any major city in the U.S. and is second only to Portland, Ore. for the number of bicyclists per capita. The Twin Cities also get high marks for access to fresh food.

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