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Active Voice: Does Acute Static Stretch Compromise Muscle Force?
Meet the Candidates for the 2012 ACSM Election
New Credential Available for Fitness Professionals; Get Free Exam Voucher at Summit
Policy Corner: FASEB’s Advocacy for Biological and Biomedical Research
FASEB Plans Science Research Conferences in 2012
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Active Voice: Does Acute Static Stretch Compromise Muscle Force?
By Anthony D. Kay, Ph.D.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Anthony D. Kay, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sport, Exercise & Life Sciences at The University of Northampton in the U.K. His research focus includes examining musculotendinous mechanics, neuromuscular activity and force production. See the Jan. 2012 issue of ACSM's Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE) for a related research review he co-authored, titled “The Effect of Acute Static Stretch on Maximal Muscle Performance: A Systematic Review.”

Static stretching is a common physical activity conducted by athletic, recreational and clinical populations, employed primarily for the short-term benefits of increased flexibility and decreased muscle tension. It often induces feelings of exercise readiness and is thought to reduce the risk of muscle strain injury. However, over the past decade, a growing body of research has reported that muscular force can be compromised after acute stretching, which may negatively influence exercise performance. Position statements and exercise prescription guidelines from authorities including ACSM have continued to reflect this interpretation. However, before changing exercise recommendations, I believe it is our role as researchers to objectively, critically and systematically evaluate the literature, and to ask: Do we really know whether stretching is or is not detrimental to muscular performance, and should we recommend or oppose its use?

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Meet the Candidates for the 2012 ACSM 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 2012 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 soon, including information on how to vote as well as your unique username and password. Please contact Chris Sawyer at csawyer@acsm.org with any questions on this year’s election. Click here to meet the candidates.

New Credential Available for Fitness Professionals; Get Free Exam Voucher at Summit
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Exercise is Medicine® is launching a new credential for certified professionals this spring that will help implement exercise prescription in healthy individuals and those with chronic disease. The EIM Credential shows health care providers that a fitness professional is qualified to help their patients get the exercise they’ve prescribed. For fitness professionals, it’s a new way to build a client base and get more referrals. Everyone who gets the EIM Credential will be entered into an online directory that EIM health care providers will access for referrals.

The ACSM Health & Fitness Summit will host a half-day training course to give interested fitness professionals the first chance to opt in to the program and a voucher to take the course for free. The course will not only cover essential skills, such as working with the health care system and leveraging the benefits of physical activity for special populations; it will also provide four ACSM CECs you can apply to your existing certifications. Certified professionals with an NCCA-accredited certification are eligible for this credential. Credentials are categorized into three levels based on your education (no degree is level 1; bachelor’s degree is level 2; master’s degree is level 3).

Be one of the first in the field with this new credential. Register to attend the ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition to learn more.

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Policy Corner: FASEB's Advocacy for Biological and Biomedical Research
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The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, founded in 1912 by three independent scientific organizations, now comprises 26 societies (including ACSM) and more than 100,000 researchers. Look for updates as FASEB’s centennial year progresses.

FASEB takes seriously its role as the policy voice of biological and biomedical researchers. The Policy & Government Affairs section of the FASEB website, for example, holds beakerfuls of information, tools and resources for those who advocate for a greater emphasis on research and science education as a national priority.

Of particular interest to ACSM professional members may be publications linked from the policy page, including:
  • NIH Research Funding Trends FY1995-2012
  • Annual Federal Funding Report
The Action Center on that page offers resources such as A Guide to the New 112th Congress and a status chart on the complex process of federal appropriations. Working with FASEB and other partners, ACSM continues to advocate at the federal, state and community levels. For more information, see the Policy Center section of the newly redesigned ACSM website. (Coming soon—a monthly e-newsletter on ACSM policy interests.)

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Exercise and 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.

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To Maintain Your Health and Fitness, Don't Take a Winter Break from Exercise
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Although we’ve had a bit of a cold-weather reprieve this year, there’s nothing like rapidly plunging temperatures to encourage hibernation at all costs.

But if you want to maintain your health, there’s no such thing as a winter break from exercise. “You need a consistent, year-round program in order to stay well, not only physically but also psychologically,” says B. Don Franks, professor emeritus of kinesiology at the University of Maryland at College Park. He notes that regular exercise can positively impact mood, weight control, energy level, stress and sleep, among other pluses. For example, a 2010 study found that adults who worked out on a consistent basis had significantly lower rates of depression than those who did so irregularly. Research has also shown that a hiatus from training can result in added pounds that are difficult to shed, even once you start exercising again.

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Knowledge Is Power
The Jamestown Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The more you know about the “hows” and “whys” of being healthy, the more empowered you can be to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Understanding both the risks of unhealthy living and the benefits of healthy living can help motivate you to live a more healthy lifestyle. Where do you turn to find reliable health information?

Seems like we are constantly bombarded with information on how to exercise (get six-pack abs in 10 minutes a day), how to lose weight (just spray your fat away) or how to get more energy (just take this herbal supplement each day). So, how do you know what sources to trust and what is just an opportunity for someone else to get rich quick on your dollar?

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