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Feb. 3, 2009  
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More Needed to Prevent Heat Injuries; ACSM to Propose Education, Policy

In the midst of winter across most of the United States, two developments have sharpened focus on heat injuries in sports. Recent news reports involving deaths of athletes in professional and high school American football has resulted in more public attention about how to better protect athletes and active people from these risks. More


Policy Institute Report on U.S. Health Care and Reform Plan

Deloitte, a global professional services and consulting organization, operates the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Health Solutions–a “think tank” that focuses on analysis of policy and finance in health care systems. With growing attention in the U.S. on health care reform, Deloitte published a report last December on likely strategies and options of the new Administration, including factors such as how much it may cost and who will pay. See The Obama Health Plan and Health Reform Efforts: A Strategic Perspective. Deloitte’s Center for Health Solutions followed this report with an analytic piece on a high level model for health care reform, emphasizing what may be the interactive effects of added/modified services and health care costs. ACSM is working with Republican and Democratic Members of Congress, the Administration, and others to give increased importance to physical activity and health, especially through policies that will support Exercise Is Medicine. The Center for Health Solutions has received attention in health care reform discussions in Washington, D.C. The Report obviously reflects the analysis and judgments of the Center itself, but it is a resource that is being cited and used among a number of policy leaders in Washington, and thus may be of interest to ACSM members.

ACSM Position Stand on Physical Activity and Weight Loss Now Available

ACSM has published a new Position Stand entitled “Appropriate Physical Activity Intervention Strategies for Weight Loss and Prevention of Weight Regain for Adults,” updating its previous guidelines, particularly as it relates to the increased levels of physical activity that may be necessary for prevention of weight gain, for weight loss and for prevention of weight regain. More

Team Physician Events Underway This Week

ACSM has a long standing commitment to and leadership with team physicians. Two important events for the team physician take place this week: the ACSM Team Physician Course and the Team Physician Consensus Conference. More

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Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines

The content expressed on external news websites does not express the opinion of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Seniors Who Exercise Help Their Health
from U.S. News and World Report
Sedentary seniors can improve their motor function and decrease their risk for insulin resistance by starting an exercise program that includes both aerobics and resistance training, new Canadian research suggests. More

Repeated Concussions Lead to Severe Brain Disease, Research Shows
from the Los Angeles Times
The headbanging collisions that thrill sports fans have lifelong effects on the athletes, with impairments in movement and thinking skills showing up 30 years or more after the concussions, researchers reported Tuesday. The slight deficits resulting from one or two concussions were similar to problems found in patients with the early stages of dementia, although they did not interfere with the daily life of the otherwise healthy men, researchers reported in the journal Brain. More

Don’t Hurt Yourself: Avoid 5 Fitness Faux Pas
from MSNBC
No one wants to get hurt while playing sports or working out, of course. But too often we’re our own worst enemy, doing just the things that put us at risk — or not doing the things that protect us. More

Exercise Is Neglected Therapy for Chronic Low Back and Neck Pain
from Med Page Today
Less than half of patients with chronic low back or neck pain are prescribed exercise, one of the few moderately effective interventions, researchers here said. In a survey of nearly 700 patients with chronic low back or neck pain, only 14.4 percent were prescribed exercise by their physicians, Janet Freburger, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues reported in the February issue of Arthritis Care & Research. More

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