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Active Voice: Oral Citrulline to Circumvent Splanchnic Hypoperfusion and
  Gut Injury in Athletes
View ACSM's Recent Advocacy Webinar
International Paralympic Committee and ACSM Sign Partnership Agreement
ACSM Announces Name Change for Exercise Physiologist Certifications
Chinese Delegation Visits ACSM National Center
Students: Summer Study Abroad Opportunities Offered by East Carolina University
Legacy Recognition of Distinctive ACSM Staff Member: Joy Bennett, Finance/Operations
  Manager
ACSM in the News: Stories Making Headlines



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Active Voice: Oral Citrulline to Circumvent Splanchnic Hypoperfusion and Gut Injury in Athletes
By Karolina A.P. Wijnands, M.D., and Kaatje Lenaerts, Ph.D.

Kaatje Lenaerts, Ph.D.

Karolina A.P. Wijnands, M.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Karolina A.P. Wijnands, M.D., is in the final phase of writing her Ph.D. thesis. Her research seeks to understand the effects of L-citrulline supplementation on arginine-NO metabolism and microcirculation, employing conditions that reduce splanchnic perfusion such as (experimental) sepsis and strenuous exercise in healthy athletes. Karolina currently is an orthopedic surgery resident with the Maastricht University Hospital in The Netherlands, where she will be continuing her research on arginine-NO metabolism in inflammatory conditions, bone healing and exercise.

Kaatje Lenaerts, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Trained as a biomedical scientist, she studies several facets of gut wall integrity loss, from unraveling the molecular basis of intestinal ischemia to developing models and tools to assess the impact of stressors on the gastrointestinal tract. Her translational research focuses on the interplay between intestinal compromise, innate immunity and nutrition to enhance intestinal mucosal homeostasis.

This commentary presents Drs. Wijnands’ and Lenaerts’ views on the topic related to a research article that they authored with colleagues. Their article appears in the November 2014 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).

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View ACSM's Recent Advocacy Webinar
View the ACSM-sponsored webinar "Superhighway or roadblock: Outlook for New Congress, Physical Activity, Policy and Advocacy" here. The webinar, held earlier this month, features the following presenters:
  • Monte Ward, ACSM VP of governmental relations: Overview of election and changes in Congress
  • Craig Piercy, principal, Bose Public Affairs Group: Key issues and legislation in the new Congress related to promoting physical activity
  • Jennifer Zeitzer, deputy director, Office of Public Affairs/director of legislative relations for FASEB: Budget and impact of new Congress on funding for NIH and other research agencies
For more information about ACSM's policy and advocacy efforts, please contact Monte Ward at mward@acsm.org.

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International Paralympic Committee and ACSM Sign Partnership Agreement
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has extended its partnership agreement with the American College of Sports Medicine for another five and half years, taking it beyond the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Under the terms of the new agreement, the two organizations, who have been working in partnership together since 2006, have identified a number of collaborative areas to improve the dissemination of knowledge in health, safety, research and performance of athletes with impairments. This includes identifying areas of common interest which can benefit both the IPC and ACSM. ACSM also will deliver a symposium at October's VISTA conference in Girona, Spain. This year's theme is "Securing the future for young para-athletes."

For more information about the IPC, please visit www.paralympic.org.

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ACSM Announces Name Change for Exercise Physiologist Certifications
ACSM announced last week that the names of two ACSM exercise professional certifications will be revised to better represent the scope of practice and expertise of the exercise professionals holding these titles. The new titles, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, will replace ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist and ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, respectively.

ACSM conducted extensive research prior to updating the titles of its certifications, surveying certified professionals, fitness industry employers, health and medical partners and the general public. The survey data showed the new names resonated with audiences across the board, with more than 70 percent of all individuals surveyed agreeing with the new titles.

A summary of ACSM's exercise professional certifications is below:

Past Title New Title Scope of Practice
ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist No change
  • Required master's degree in exercise science
  • Certified to work in clinically monitored exercise settings with individuals with cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, orthopedic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, neoplastic, immunologic or hematologic disease
  • ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Required bachelor's degree in exercise science
  • Certified to work in clinically monitored exercise settings with patients with cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic diseases and disorders
  • ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • Required bachelor's degree in exercise science
  • Certified to train apparently healthy populations and those with uncomplicated medically controlled diseases cleared for independent physical activity
  • Includes fitness management, administration and supervision

  • For more information, please see FAQ's or visit the ACSM Certification webpage.

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    Chinese Delegation Visits ACSM National Center

    ACSM's President-Elect Larry Armstrong and ACSM's CEO Jim Whitehead met with the delegation on Thursday, February 5.
    A delegation of Chinese sports medicine professionals visited the ACSM National Center last Thursday, February 4. The group will meet with various sports medicine-related entities in the U.S. during their travels. ACSM staff met with Zhengzhen Wang, Ed.D., of Beijing Sports University to discuss future opportunities to collaborate with research journals.

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    Students: Summer Study Abroad Opportunities Offered by East Carolina University
    Please see the following 2015 Summer Study Abroad class opportunities in Ecuador and Australia.

    1) Bahia, Ecuador: May 15-June 7. In this service-learning course, students will teach English as a second language to grade school and high school students, will provide in-school and after-school exercise/activity classes for the students and will participate in volunteer activities to refurbish the facilities at schools in the Bahia area. Recommended for exercise physiology, physical activity, nutrition, pedagogy, health promotion, psychology and Spanish majors. All undergraduate and graduate students welcome to apply here: https://ecu-sa.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10607.

    2) Melbourne, Australia: June 21-July 5. This course will be conducted by the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) at Victoria University in collaboration with East Carolina University. It includes one week of seminars and workshops given by experts from Victoria University and other universities and institutes in the Melbourne area. Also includes travel to Sydney and Canberra. All graduate students and post docs welcome to apply here: http://piratesabroad.ecu.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10630

    For questions about either opportunity, please contact Bob Hickner for more information at Hicknerr@ecu.edu.

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    Legacy Recognition of Distinctive ACSM Staff Member: Joy Bennett, Finance/Operations Manager
    ACSM is fortunate to have a talented and dedicated staff, and we like to note milestones of their service. Joy Bennett, finance/operations manager, has been a valued asset to the college for over 15 years. Joy began her career with ACSM in 1990, when she worked in the Operations department through 1993 when she took time for family. Joy returned to ACSM on February 14, 2000 and advanced to Finance/Operations Manager in 2012. Joy makes numerous daily contributions to the accounting and finance department.

    We invite those who know Joy to thank her for 15 years plus service to ACSM. (Contact: jbennett@acsm.org)

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    HEADLINES

    ACSM in the News includes recent stories featuring the college and its members as subject matter experts. ACSM is a recognized leader among national and international media and a trusted source on sports medicine and exercise science topics. Because these stories are written by the media, they do not necessarily reflect ACSM statements, views or endorsements. These stories are meant to share coverage of ACSM with members and inform them about what the public is reading and hearing about the field.


    Intense Interval Training Proves Helpful for the Chronically Ill
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune
    Many people with chronic health problems resign themselves to lives of modest activity or no activity at all, thinking vigorous exercise is unsafe or that they lack the stamina for it. But recent studies are proving just the opposite.

    They are showing that high-intensity exercise may be even better than regular aerobic activities for many patients with conditions like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, pulmonary disease, arthritis and Parkinson's disease.

    The studies strongly suggest that a more demanding but more efficient and often more enjoyable form of exercise known as high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is not only safe for most patients but more effective at preventing or reversing the deficits associated with many chronic ailments.

    Although once reserved for athletes seeking a competitive advantage and for healthy people wanting to burn more body fat, HIIT is now being studied as a treatment that is sometimes as effective as medication for many people with chronic health problems.

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    Fitness a Key Weapon against Some Cancers
    The San Diego Union-Tribune
    Evidence shows that exercise can be a powerful weapon for people battling certain cancers, a fact that medical experts are increasingly recognizing.

    These days, respected organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend not only medications and surgery to fight the disease, but also a tailored exercise regimen aimed at keeping patients active for at least 150 minutes per week — even when they're undergoing treatment.

    The recent death of ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, who stuck with an intense regimen of mixed martial arts and cross training during his seven-year struggle against cancer of the appendix, has highlighted the importance of fitness in the field of oncology.

    Dr. Sheri Hartman, a behavioral cancer researcher at University of California, San Diego, said scientists haven't analyzed the effects of exercise on Scott's type of cancer because it's a rare condition. Such studies have focused on more commonly diagnosed malignancies, she said.

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