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By Matthew N. Fedoruk, Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not
necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.
Matthew N. Fedoruk, Ph.D., is an ACSM member and the current science director at the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Next month, Dr.
Fedoruk will support doping control oversight at the Paralympic Winter Games as a member of the Anti-Doping Committee for the
International Paralympic Committee. Dr. Fedoruk was responsible for managing anti-doping operations at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games. As a recognized expert in the field of anti-doping science and doping control, Dr. Fedoruk also serves as a
member of numerous World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Expert Groups.
Four years after the Winter Games in Sochi were corrupted by one of the largest and most egregious doping scandals in history, the
best athletes from around the world once again are gathered to compete atop snow and ice. In PyeongChang, South Korea, they are
competing in sports that demand speed, precision, endurance, and big air. With the 2014 Winter Games now synonymous with a Russian
doping scandal that involved cocktails of performance-enhancing drugs and swapping urine samples through mouse holes, athletes and
fans worldwide have never been more aware of the need for meaningful action to protect the integrity of the Olympics.
ACSM’s official pronouncements represent the college’s position or stance on a topic or issue. Recently, the ACSM Board of Trustees (BOT) approved several new types of pronouncements. One of the newly approved pronouncements, the Contemporary Issues statement, is designed to be a short, “quick-turnaround” document that provides a mechanism by which the college can comment on emerging or “hot” topics in a timely manner. This document facilitates comment on topics that necessitate a well-timed, evidence-informed summary of the current state of knowledge.
The Contemporary Issues statement is a blend of expert opinion (2-4 experts comprise the writing team) and research evidence. The topic and writing team members are approved by both the ACSM Pronouncements Committee and BOT. The paper addresses a scientific or clinical question, provides a brief synopsis of the literature (including levels of evidence), makes recommendations based on expert consensus, and identifies research gaps.
ACSM’s first Contemporary Issues statement was published in the February 8, 2018 issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports (CSMR). The paper is titled, “Energy Drinks: A Contemporary Issues Paper” and was authored by John P. Higgins, M.D., FACSM (Writing Team, Chair), Kavita Babu, M.D., Patricia A. Deuster, Ph.D. FACSM, and Jane Shearer, Ph.D. The paper highlights that while energy drinks are popular, frequently consumed, and can be used safely in moderation, there are significant safety concerns, particularly in vulnerable populations (including children, pregnant or breastfeeding women, caffeine naive or sensitive individuals, individuals taking stimulant or other caffeine-based medications, those with certain cardiovascular or medical conditions and/or heavy consumption patterns). By publishing the new recommendations, ACSM hopes to aid consumers in understanding the risks associated with rapid and excessive consumption of energy drinks.
Click here to read this Contemporary Issues statement.
Click here to read the news release about this important paper.
Late-Breaking Abstracts: Between February 15 and March 1, ACSM will again offer a late-breaking submission opportunity for research abstracts for the 2018 ACSM Annual Meeting. The cost of late-breaking abstract submissions will be $250. Submitters will be required to write a statement indicating the reason the research is late-breaking. Only the first 50 abstracts submitted will be considered. These submissions will undergo review by members of the ACSM Program Committee. Accepted abstracts will be presented as posters in the poster hall on Saturday, June 2, and each abstract’s first author must be present at the designated time and place.
Sports Medicine Fellow Research Abstracts: Apart from the late-breaking abstract submissions, those who are sports medicine fellows (i.e., enrolled in an accredited sports medicine fellowship program) are invited to submit sports medicine fellow research abstracts between February 15 and March 1. Those who submit can solicit a content review and sponsorship of their abstract by an ACSM Fellow. For any abstract in this category that is submitted without sponsorship by an ACSM Fellow, the content will be reviewed by members of the ACSM Program Committee. Accepted abstracts will be presented as posters in a special area of the poster hall on Thursday, May 31, and each abstract’s first author must be present at the designated time and place. The cost of abstract submission in this category is $35.
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Are you interested in assisting with the development of ACSM Position Stands by becoming an ACSM Credentialed Evidence Analyst? Evidence Analyst training webinars will be scheduled in the next three months to provide training and credentialing.
ACSM Evidence Analysts are trained volunteer members who assist with the development of ACSM Position Stands by reviewing, summarizing and grading the research included in Position Stands. Evidence Analysts have taken ACSM’s training webinar and completed credentialing exercises. Evidence analysts provide a highly valued contribution within a Position Stand project. If interested, please send the requested information (see below) to ACSM’s Chief Science Officer, Lynette Craft, Ph.D., FACSM, at email@example.com.
Credentialed evidence analysts will:
ACSM staff will provide web-based training for all aspects of this position.
- Review research abstracts to assist with the determination of studies meeting the Inclusion/exclusion criteria of the position stand
- Critically evaluate the study design, methodology and outcomes of research studies
- Extract and summarize findings from research studies
- Evaluate the quality of research studies
- Document and maintain information in ACSM’s database (MOSAIC)
- Participate in teleconferences as needed
- Renew their credentialed status every three years via supplemental training
To apply to be an ACSM Credentialed Evidence Analyst, send a brief email stating your interest in becoming an evidence analyst and attach (1) an updated resume/CV and (2) a statement of your previous training and/or experience in evidence-based practice and systematic reviews to: Lynette Craft, Ph.D., FACSM at firstname.lastname@example.org. Materials are due by 5:00 pm EST on Friday, March 2.
- Master’s degree in kinesiology, public health, nutrition, social science or another related graduate degree in health/life science that includes training in experimental design and statistics
- Demonstrated ability to understand and critically evaluate the design, conduct and analysis of research studies
- Demonstrated ability to comprehend articles published in peer-reviewed journals and to communicate the strengths and weaknesses of research studies
- Previous experience in preparing systematic literature reviews
- Familiarity with common computer programs such as Microsoft Office Suite, Excel, PowerPoint
- Strong analytical and organizational skills, with attention to detail
- Strong oral and written communication abilities
ACSM’s Brown Bag webinar series is designed to provide ACSM students an opportunity to learn more about the diverse scientific work our members conduct. Join us for these informal discussions with our ACSM members to hear more about what they study, the general research methodology they use and some of the interesting results of their research. Our next Brown Bag presenter will be Cherie Blauwet, M.D., from Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Blauwet will be discussing her longitudinal research on illness and injury in Paralympic athletes during the Games. Join us online, February 21 from 12:00-1:00pm EST, for this interesting discussion. Register at no charge.
The Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics World Congress will be held April 13-15 in Los Angeles, California. This meeting brings together physicians, scientists, policymakers, funding agencies and industry innovators as a showcase of the vast array of all aspects of brain science, brain research, therapies, and the treatment of brain and spinal cord injuries and diseases. ACSM Fellow Dr. Michael Bergeron will be chairing a scientific session, "Advanced Analytics in Sport Neuroscience and Brain Health," at the congress. Register to attend today!
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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.
Health Day via U.S. News & World Report
Coverage of ACSM’s first Contemporary Issues statement, released last week.
Highly caffeinated energy drinks aren't safe for children and teens, and should not be marketed to them, a leading sports medicine organization warns.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) on Friday released an official statement about the beverages.
"Energy drinks are extremely popular, and concerns about their consumption are coming from every sector of society, which is why we've published these recommendations," said Dr. John Higgins. He's an associate professor of medicine at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston.
Children and teens appear to be at particularly high risk of complications from energy drinks because of their smaller body size, and potentially heavy and frequent use, according to the statement.
This article features expertise from ACSM member Dr. Aaron Rubin, who served as the medical director of the Special Olympics World Games in 2015.
Could flu outbreaks in South Korea undermine Olympic athletes’ hopes for gold?
The World Health Organization has warned travelers to the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang of a heightened risk of respiratory infections.
In addition, the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported an increase in influenza A and influenza B this season.
“It’s clear that an additional participant at the Olympics will be the influenza virus, in its various strains,” Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Tennessee, told Healthline.
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