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In this issue:

Active Voice: Commentary on Doping in Sports
Let Your Voice Be Heard in ACSM’s Annual Election
Policy Corner: 113th Congress Announces Committee Rosters
ACSM Founding Partner of Sports & Fitness Coalition’s New Consumer Campaign, PHIT America
ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® iPad App Now Available
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines



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Active Voice: Commentary on Doping in Sports
By Gary I. Wadler, M.D., FACSM    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Gary I. Wadler, M.D., FACSM, FACP, FCP, FACPM, chairs ACSM’s Communications and Public Information Committee. He is a clinical associate professor of medicine at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ Schools of Medicine and past chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List Committee.

The Lance Armstrong scandal sits among the most high-profile, unprecedented doping scandals in United States sports history.

The evolving story is about more than understanding the complexities of banned substances, drug testing and prosecutions. The real story is about the regrettable messages that this scandal sends to our youth who seek nothing more than fair and ethical competition.

It is more than the tragic story of a gifted athlete—Lance Armstrong—who finally has admitted to his use of a variety of performance-enhancing drugs and methods. It is more than his accepting a lifetime suspension in cycling, losing numerous records including seven Tour de France titles and countless millions in prize money, and apologizing to his family and fans.

In years past, doping may have gone unnoticed by many. But now we are witnessing the evolution of a new world order in elite sports, one committed to fair play and ethical values; one whose troubled roots can be found in what was for 30 years a dysfunctional system of inadequate drug control.
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Let Your Voice Be Heard in ACSM's Annual Election
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Please plan to take part in ACSM's annual election and make your voice heard for your profession. Next month, members who are eligible to vote will receive information announcing the open date for the 2013 election. This is your opportunity to help shape ACSM’s leadership and priorities for the years ahead. Please take a moment to meet your candidates and review their platforms on advancing the important work of the College.

An email and postcard will arrive in February, including information on how to vote as well as your unique username and password. Please contact ACSM’s director of membership, Chris Sawyer, at csawyer@acsm.org with any questions on this year’s election. Click here to meet the candidates.


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Policy Corner: 113th Congress Announces Committee Rosters
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Numerous congressional committees have direct relevance to the interests of ACSM members, such as through their authority over regulatory agencies and funding for research. If any of your elected officials serve on key committees, that allows you as a constituent and a knowledgeable professional to have a role in important decisions. Committee rosters for both parties were announced last week. Click to view Republican and Democratic committee rosters.

If you have questions or want to find out more about your role in ACSM’s policy program, please contact Monte Ward, vice president for government relations, at mward@acsm.org.


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ACSM Founding Partner of Sports & Fitness Coalition's New Consumer Campaign, PHIT America
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The American College of Sports Medicine has joined more than 110 other organizations in the PHIT America Alliance to fight the obesity and sedentary lifestyle crisis in America. PHIT America is an educational, advocacy and social media marketing campaign designed to reach millions of Americans. PHIT America promotes new legislation and grassroots programs that will help get Americans more active, playing more sports, getting fit and becoming healthier.

ACSM is one of the eight founders of the PHIT America campaign. Other founders include the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), Sears, The Active Network, the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Didgebridge, and Midtown Athletic Clubs.

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ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® iPad App Now Available
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ACSM and publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins are pleased to announce that ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® now has an iPad app available for free download from the App Store!

ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® for the iPad delivers the full contents of each issue, enhanced with the convenience of iPad functionality. With this app, your ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® subscription goes wherever you go!

This app optimizes the best in digital technology to enhance a print-like reading experience with article-sharing options, convenient navigation features, and more.
  • Easy-to-read, full-text articles that you can share via email
  • Ability to store or delete downloaded issues
  • Resize text and images with “pinch and zoom”
  • Speedy issue-browsing capability
  • Quick scrolling through abstract summaries
  • Notification when a new issue is available
  • Link to www.acsm-healthfitness.com to view supplemental content, browse the archives, and more
Download the app to your iPad today and send your feedback to HFJournal@acsm.org or take the survey. Please note that the app is currently only available for the iPad, but publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins is aware of the need for an Android version (Android powers Kindle and Nook tablets, among others). There is no timeline for release at present.
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Exercise and Science Headlines


Pulling Your Own Weight to Get Fit Gaining in Popularity
Detroit Free Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Using your own body weight to work out has been around for centuries, said Walt Thompson, associate dean for graduate studies and research in the College of Education at Georgia State University, but what's pushing its popularity now is that a number of gyms are repackaging it by adding lights, music and fitness instructors to make it seem "fun, exciting, new." And body weight training is something people can do in the comforts of home for free.

For the first time, body weight training made the list of top fitness trends from the American College of Sports Medicine, beaten only by the use of educated, certified fitness professionals and strength training.
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Lance Armstrong's Other Performance Enhancer: A Look At Supplement FRS
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
They were nearly the perfect advertisements: cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, sweaty after a workout, or sitting, looking refreshed, or hoisting his bike on his back, with the tagline: “Tired of Being Tired?”

The ads, in wide circulation several years ago, instantly injected all the power of the Armstrong myth into the FRS Company, maker of FRS Energy beverages and supplements. These products, which include sports drinks and shots as well $20-a-bottle liquid concentrates and $18 packages of chews, contain quercetin, a compound derived from the skins of berries and grapes that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies indicate that quercetin improves athletic performance, and Armstrong was a big believer, an investor in FRS, and a member of its board of directors.

That is, until the doping allegations started to gain steam.
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