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Active Voice: Embracing Challenges for Performance Excellence
Are you registered for the 2014 Annual Meeting?
Download Now: 2013 ACSM Year-In-Review
Policy Corner: Become a Key Contact for ACSM
Students: Apply Now for Travel Awards
Upcoming Regional Chapter Meetings
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines
 
 


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Active Voice: Embracing Challenges for Performance Excellence
By Greg Chertok, M.Ed., CC-AASP
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect author opinions and not necessarily the positions or policies of ACSM.

Greg Chertok, M.Ed., is currently a Sport and Exercise Psychology Consultant at Telos Sport Psychology Coaching and Director of Mental Training at CourtSense in Bogota, NJ. He received his B.A. in Psychology at Tufts University and M.Ed. in Counseling, specializing in Sport & Exercise Psychology at Boston University in 2007. Greg is a member of the ACSM Alliance of Health & Fitness Professionals.

In addition to this commentary, ACSM will offer many resources for members, the media and the general public regarding various topics in exercise science and sports medicine. For additional reading, please check the ACSM Sport Performance Center, Facebook,, and Twitter.


Very few athletes achieve international greatness in sports, with ease and without obstacles. And, especially at the Winter Olympic Games, the presence of obstacles is inevitable, that is, the opportunity to experience “choppy waters” exists at every turn. For instance, the athlete whose life is dedicated to excellence in his or her sport is highly routinized – if not by choice, then by necessity. He or she likely follows a strict daily regimen of sleep, meals, and training. Even down time, or rest, is deliberately structured into the schedule. Imagine how an ultra-competitive, obsessively disciplined athlete may respond, emotionally and in performance, to a significantly overhauled schedule and new environment upon arriving at the Olympic Village in Sochi. Combine this with the frequent media distractions, unfamiliar playing conditions, and the presence of family and friends. It becomes inevitable for an athlete to place a greater value on the Games, causing performance anxiety to heighten and the managing of that anxiety to become more difficult. Since challenges are guaranteed for every athlete as he or she strives for individual sporting goals, it is necessary to embrace challenges in order to enhance performance.

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Download Now: 2013 ACSM Year-In-Review Report
After 60 years, ACSM is thriving--and continues to lead the way thanks to the membership and the many partners, supports, and friends of the organization. The State of the College 2013 Year-in-Review report is now available for download. Inside, you will find:
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Policy Corner: Become a Key Contact for ACSM
What does it take to be an ACSM Key Contact? What kind of information is a member of Congress looking for in a presentation? Is it important to communicate with the staff of a Member of Congress? How important is it to contact our legislators? What is an ACSM Action Alert?

ACSM member-advocates represent a gamut of expertise, from scientists to physicians to educators and health and fitness professionals. Each brings unique insights and perspectives to help policy makers and staffs inform their decisions. While many are involved citizens who participate in town hall meetings, campaign for candidates or issues, or engage in dialogue and debate, few have the deep experience of political professionals. Fortunately, citizen advocacy requires little more than the desire to influence policy and the time it takes to meet with officials or to contact them by phone or email.

For more information, please email mward@acsm.org.

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Students: Apply Now for Travel Awards
ACSM has several travel awards available to students to cover the cost of travel to the 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando. Check out these and more exciting opportunities for students at http://www.acsm.org/find-continuing-education/awards-grants/student-awards.
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Upcoming Regional Chapter Meetings
Many of ACSM’s Regional Chapters will hold meetings in the coming months. For more information or to register for your local chapter meeting, please visit the links below.
  • Southeast Chapter Annual Meeting, February 13-15, Greenville, S.C.
    For more information, visit www.seacsm.org.
  • Texas Chapter Annual Meeting, February 27-28, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.
    For more information, visit www.tacsm.org.
  • Northland Chapter Spring Meeting, March 28, 2014 in St. Cloud, Minn.
    For more information, visit www.northlandacsm.org.
  • Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting, March 28-29, 2014 in Denver, Colo.
    For more information, visit www.rmacsm.org.
  • Northwest Chapter Annual Meeting, April 17-19, 2014 in Wenatchee, Wash.
    For more information, visit www.acsmnorthwest.org.
  • New England Chapter Spring Meeting, April 29, 2014 in Storrs, Conn.
    For more information visit www.neacsm.org.

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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.


Super Bowl Science: How Cold Weather Could Affect the Big Game
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Football fans hoping for a snowy Super Bowl on Sunday (Feb. 2) may be out of luck, but temperatures for the Big Game could still dip to chilly lows, meaning players and spectators should take care to protect themselves from the wintry conditions, experts say.

While football games have been played in freezing-cold conditions before, Sunday's game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., will be the first-ever outdoor, cold-weather championship game. Despite early talk that a big storm could blow through the area, the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y., is predicting relatively calm conditions for the Sunday matchup, with a high near 39 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) and a low near 28 F (minus 2 C).

"Despite all the hype, the latest Arctic outbreak looks to be gone bySuper Bowl Sunday," Art DeGaetano, director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center, said in a statement. "It appears MetLife Stadium might be dusted with a bit of snow on Saturday night, but on Sunday, the sun should appear."

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40 Percent Would Encourage Child to Play Sport Other Than Football
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Forty percent of Americans would discourage a child from playing football because of its potential health hazards, a survey released Friday said.

Timed to coincide with Sunday's Super Bowl, the annual survey conducted by Harris Poll notes football has been America's most popular sport for three decades and the Super Bowl is television's most-watched annual event, but those who would encourage a child to play a sport other than football include 37 percent of parents surveyed.

Additionally, 41 percent said the NFL has taken "meaningful action to reduce and prevent" concussions suffered during games. Twenty percent of respondents said the NFL had not taken such action.

An examination of data from youth sports leagues and sports equipment industry associations concludes fewer children in the United States are playing team sports, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

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